DEFENCE of the Border 20/20 started for Gala with a comfortable nine-wicket win over Hawick and Wilton at Meigle Park.
Batting first, the visitors were always on the back foot with Scott Paterson picking up three early wickets as he and fellow opener Kris Mein conceded just 14 runs between them.
There was little let-up when Dean Moir (2 for 12) and Neil Crooks (1 for 11) were brought into the attack.
Only Allan Moffat gave any serious resistance, with 42, as a brief flurry pushed Hawick into the 60s. However, the dismissal of Moffat by Ormiston ensured a sedate end to the innings as Hawick limped to 66 for 9.
With Stevie Halls off, Gala took the chance to promote Graeme Ormiston to open with David Boland and after a cautious start, the pair took them to within five runs of victory when Boland missed a straight ball from Bryant and departed for a well made 37.
Skipper for the evening Duncan Millar then strolled to the crease to hit the winning runs and see Gala home with just over five overs to spare.