Bowl control sees Gala take first league win of season

Gala got their East League Division Two campaign back on track when they recorded a seven wicket win over Clackmannan County at Alloa.

After rain on Friday and Saturday morning the match was only able to go ahead thanks to the excellent artificial wicket.

Having chosen to bowl first, Kris Mein made early inroads removing Sultan in the first over. This brought Mehboob to the crease and the fireworks started with the Clackmannan No.3 swinging from the hip at almost every delivery, rattling the score up to 40 in the seventh over before Mein bowled Taylor, then Mehboob went for one big hit too many and skied Mein to Stevie Halls at mid-wicket.

The Gala bowlers then regained a measure of control and Rishi Jain had Anderson caught at mid-off by Jack Halls in an excellent seven over spell. Rasul was content to play the anchor role while Hefer pushed the score along, but when Dinesh Tharanga had Hefer caught at slip by Graeme Ormiston wickets fell at regular intervals, before a late flourish from Rasul took the home score up to 138.

For the visitors Mein picked up four for 25, Tharanga 3 for 24, Ormiston 2 for 13 and special mention for a great seven over spell from Jain who took a wicket and went for just eight.

In reply Gala made a steady start before Stevie Halls misjudged a second run with the score on 17.

Boland and Irvine took the score to 33 when Boland gave a catch to backward point, but Irvine and Millar came together and looked in total control as the visitors chased down the home target.

Gala suffered their second run out with the score on 95 though as Millar drove to mid-off and set off for the single but a direct hit saw him short of his ground.

Neil Crooks then came to the crease and he and Irvine had some uncomfortable moments before Irvine passed 50 and Gala went onto reach their target with ten overs to spare, with Irvine eventually finishing unbeaten on 63.