Dalbeattie edge rain delayed Scottish Cup match

Dumfries and Dalbeattie battled through rain and hail but eventually got the qualifying Scottish Cup match completed after 5 and half hours. Dumfries took the early advantage with Lister and Dan McKiddie edging past Paul Boardman and Stephen White 6-1, 6-4 and Graeme Cross and Duncan Muir winning 6-1, 6-4 against Dan Donley and James Richardson. The turning point in the match came when Brian Litster and Fraser Paterson beat Chris Topping and Richie Cunningham in the championship tie-break 3rd set, taking the match 7-6, 3-6 & 10-7. The second round of matches started then stopped for the rain, then after a short break clearing the water off the courts they tried again only for the heavens to open again with heavy rain and hail battering down for 15 minutes. Another half hour plus was spent clearing the courts then Dalbeattie levelled the match when Paul and Stephen beat Chris and Richie 6-4, 6-4. Lister and Dan reclaimed the lead for Dumfries winning 6-2, 6-1 against Dan and James before Brian and Fraser beat Graeme and Duncan 6-3, 6-2. With the match level at 3-3 Dalbeattie struck first in the final round when Paul and Stephen beat Graeme and Duncan 6-3, 6-0. This left Dumfries needing to win the final 2 matches to win the match but Brain and Fraser took the advantage straight away by winning the first set 6-0 against Lister and Dan, back came Dumfries winning the second 6-2 before Dalbeattie edged it on the championship tie-break 11-9 to take the match 5 rubbers to 3. New Image Dalbeattie will be hoping for a home draw when the 1st round draw takes place in 2 weeks.

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