Deadly Dunnikier dumps Gala’s promotion hopes

Gala Cricket Club may not have won promotion this season but did look in good shape thanks to its shirt sponsor.'Galashiels-based Advanced Signs supported the club for the 2015 season, with the players wearing their logo as they competed in East Division One.'Kenny Paterson of Gala CC said: "Advanced Signs stepped in just before the start of the season to sponsor us, which was a great gesture.'"We thank them for supporting the club and look forward to continuing the relationship in the years ahead."' Gala CC captain Duncan Millar alongside Allen Patterson of Advanced Signs
Gala Cricket Club may not have won promotion this season but did look in good shape thanks to its shirt sponsor.'Galashiels-based Advanced Signs supported the club for the 2015 season, with the players wearing their logo as they competed in East Division One.'Kenny Paterson of Gala CC said: "Advanced Signs stepped in just before the start of the season to sponsor us, which was a great gesture.'"We thank them for supporting the club and look forward to continuing the relationship in the years ahead."' Gala CC captain Duncan Millar alongside Allen Patterson of Advanced Signs

Gala will be playing their cricket in East League Division One again next season after falling short against Dunnikier.

Winning the toss in a match reduced to 40 overs due to the threat of rain, Gala bowled first and got off to a good start, picking up the wickets of Yousaf, who edged to Kev Gallagher at slip off Dean Moir, and Rowley, who was run out after confusion between him and Aziz.

However, Dunnikier fought back from 9 for 2 through Aziz and Rafi until the latter was bowled by Jack Halls.

Again, another good partnership looked to set the away side up for a large total, with both Aziz and Sharif attacking Gala’s bowlers.

Halls eventually managed to dismiss Aziz who looked to press on after reaching 50 and this, combined with an excellent bowling display on his return to action from Robbie Pringle and a wicket from Moir, saw Dunnikier slump from 101-3 to 109 all out. Pringle picked up four wickets in an excellent spell of bowling.

However, the hosts never got going and lost wickets at regular intervals, with only three Gala batsmen making it into double figures and four getting out for a duck.

A late flurry of runs from the last-wicket partnership of Irvine and Pringle provided a small glimmer of hope for Gala, but with 19 runs needed from seven balls, Irvine holed out to long on, as Dunnikier secured promotion to the Championship.

z Gala’s three-year run as President’s Trophy winners came to an abrupt end with a poor performance against Morton in the final.

On a tricky Musselburgh wicket which had suffered from torrential rain the previous night, Gala could only muster 78 batting first, which their Edinburgh opponents passed in the 20th over for a seven-wicket win.

Morton won the crucial toss and put the Borders side into bat, with Stevie Halls out for just 2. Jack Halls and Josh Irvine steadied the ship until Irvine was given out to a debatable lbw decision for 19.

From 36 for 2, Gala lost another five wickets for just 19 runs to slump to 55 for 7.

Only a late flurry by Scott Paterson, supported by Robbie Pringle, got Gala up to their meagre total of 78.

After a cagey start, Morton, who have been promoted and will play alongside Gala in Division One next season, took the attack to Gala, with Sekar leading from the front.

He was eventually out for 46, but led his side to within seven runs of victory, which was duly achieved.