Five out of five ain’t bad for Gala

Gala beat Drummond Trinity by eight wickets

EAST LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

IN a match reduced to 45 overs, Gala made it five league wins out of five at Inverleith Park.

Stevie Halls asked the hosts to bat first on winning the toss and the home innings got off to a dramatic start when Nasir pulled the first delivery over square leg for six as the aggressive opener looked to take the attack to the Gala bowlers.

At the other end, Dinesh Tharanga was creating chances and eventually made the breakthrough when first Coulson edged to Irvine at second slip with the score on 20, then Mullins was trapped lbw.

The introduction of Graeme Ormiston brought further reward when Nasir pulled a full toss to Rory Hancock and when Tharanga bowled McCallum off his pads the home side were 42 for 4.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals with Tharanga picking up a deserved fourth, while Neil Crooks took two in quick succession.

Khan, however, was providing stubborn resistance before Robbie Pringle beat his defence to clip the bails. Pringle also trapped Waheed lbw in a double wicket maiden, and with Crooks removing McLellan in the next over, to a good catch by Scott Paterson, the home side were dismissed for 91.

In reply, the Gala openers also found runs hard to come by against a tight opening spell. As the change bowlers came on, however, Halls and Ormiston became more expansive, adding 50 for the first wicket, before the latter pulled a Coulson full toss straight to mid-wicket.

Josh Irvine was in no mood to hang around, with a quick-fire 26, dominating a stand of 36 with Halls, before Nasir returned to dismiss the Gala youngster six runs short of victory. Crooks then joined Halls to see Gala home with no further loss.

Drummond Trinity

J. Nasir, c Hancock b Ormiston 29

S. Coulson, c Irvine b Tharanga 5

K. Mullins, lbw b Tharanga 1

D. McCallum, b Tharanga 0

S. Khan, b Pringle 29

M. Davidson, b Tharanga 3

R. Awan, lbw b Crooks 1

G. Modi, b Crooks 2

G. Weatherstone, not out 6

U. Waheed, lbw b Pringle 0

K. McLellan, c S Paterson b Crooks 0

Extras 15

Total for 10 91

Gala

S. Halls, not out 43

G. Ormiston, c Davidson b Coulson 14

J. Irvine, b Nasir 26

N. Crooks, not out 2

Extras 7

Total for 2 92