Boland’s blitz helps to see off Langholm

DAVID Boland claimed five wickets for just three runs as Gala defeated Langholm in the final Border League fixture.

Given the recent poor weather, the home side did well to get the match on.

However, it was on a wicket that did not allow for a real contest between bat and ball and produced a poor-quality encounter. 

Despite the conditions, 10-man Langholm made a quick start, but lost Andrew Bell to a skied pull shot with the score on 15.

This brought Graham Park and Duncan Elliott together and the pair batted sensibly, taking the score to 56 before Park drove at David Boland and top-edged a catch to Rory Hancock at point.

This started a spectacular collapse, with Boland and Neil Crooks taking eight wickets between them for the addition of just nine runs. Alongside Boland’s outstanding figures, Crooks took three for six off nine overs.

One controversial incident was to mar the remainder of the match, though, as Colin Turk drove Crooks low to his right and the bowler took a tumbling return catch. Turk stood his ground, claiming a bump ball, but Crooks appealed and after a consultation between the umpires Turk was given out.

The visitors knew even this small target would prove tricky in the conditions and Langholm made an immediate breakthrough when Stevie Halls gave Stevie Johnstone a return catch off the second ball of the innings.

Boland and Josh Irvine took the score to 22 before the visitors lost three quick wickets. First Boland was caught by Bell off Elliott, Crooks followed soon after playing on from Graham Park, then Irvine gave Gregor Park a catch off the same bowler.

This brought Duncan Millar and Kris Mein together with the match evenly poised – Gala at 31 for 4.

However, the pair batted sensibly to see Gala home with no further loss in the 20th over, Mein (22 not out) ending the match with a six over wide long on and Millar finishing on 12 not out.           

Langholm

A. Bell c Halls b Mein............................9 G. Park c Hancock b Boland................22 D. Elliott b Boland................................23 R. G. Park b Crooks...............................0 C. Turk c & b Crooks.............................2 S. Johnstone lbw b Crooks....................1 C. Tait st Millar b Boland.......................0 J. Reid not out.......................................1 N. Fletcher c Irvine b Boland.................0 I. Scott b Boland....................................1 Extras....................................................6 Total for 9 wkts (all out).......................65

Gala

S. Halls c & b Johnstone.......................0 D. Boland c Bell b Elliott......................10 J. Irvine c R G Park b G Park................15 N. Crooks b G Park................................2 D. Millar not out..................................12 K. Mein not out....................................22 Extras....................................................9 Total for 4............................................70