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West Lothian II v Gala abandoned after 27.4 overs – rain

EAST LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

AFTER producing their worst batting display of the season against fellow title contenders West Lothian II at Boghall on Saturday, rain put paid to any chance of an outcome, ensuring Gala maintained their 100 per cent league record.

With morning downpours dampening a heavy outfield, and further rain forecast later in the day, the match was reduced to 40 overs per side in an effort to get a completion, and the West Lothian captain had no hesitation in asking Gala to bat first on winning the toss.

Stevie Halls and David Boland found the going tough against some tight home bowling, on a wicket assisting some seam movement, and a slow outfield.

Halls was first to go when he flicked a Hamilton delivery to Bennie at short fine leg. Josh Irvine and Neil Crooks edged behind in quick succession and with the introduction of spinner Strachan, Duncan Millar was caught at deep mid-wicket.

Boland’s patient innings was finally ended when he was bowled by Raven, bringing Dinesh Tharanga and Kenny Paterson together.

The Gala innings had already been interrupted twice by heavy showers, and with the pair taking the score to 57 for 5, another prolonged shower took the players off for an early tea.

While the home covers had kept the wicket dry, the rest of the pitch was now very wet, especially the bowlers’ run-ups.

With another break in the weather the match restarted, but this was short lived as within two overs the rain returned and the match was finally abandoned.

Gala

S. Halls, c Bennie b Hamilton 6

D. Boland, b Raven 15

J. Irvine, c Ronalson b Hamilton 9

N. Crooks, c Ronalson b Bennie 1

D. Millar, c Napoli b Strachan 3

D. Tharanga, not out 12

K. Paterson, not out 0

Extras 14

Total for 5 59