Full steam ahead for Gala as they punish city rivals

Gala vs Heriots Cricket Club at Galashiels. Scott Paterson bowling.
Gala vs Heriots Cricket Club at Galashiels. Scott Paterson bowling.

Gala beat Heriot’s 2nd XI by Nine wickets

Gala recorded a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Heriot’s 2nd XI at Meigle Park on Saturday, shooting out the visitors for 74 and cruising to their target in just 13.1 overs.

After Dinesh Tharanga took two early wickets, Scott Paterson, returning to the side for the first time this season, ripped the heart out of the visitors’ middle order, taking four wickets for 16 in a fine 10-over spell.

Jack Halls then finished the innings off, taking two wickets in his only over, while Robbie Irvine also picked up a wicket.

Only Litster and Bennett reached double figures for the visitors, while the generosity of the home attack provided 21 extras to the Heriot’s total.

In response, Jack Halls and David Boland set about the city attack, piercing the field with regularity, as Gala raced to their target. Halls was eventually dismissed, to a great one-handed catch by Singh, for 33, just two runs short of the target, allowing Josh Irvine to join Boland and hit the winning runs in the 14th over.

Gala beat St Boswells by eight wickets

Gala eased into the semi-final of the Murgitroyd 20/20 Border Qualifying tournament with an eight-wicket win over St Boswells at Meigle Park last Tuesday.

The Braw Lads asked the Villagers to bat first. Spinner Jack Halls was in inspirational form as he took a great running catch on the extra cover boundary to remove danger man Steven Broom, reducing St Boswells to 31 for 3, before ripping through the visitors’ middle order with five wickets for just eight runs from his four overs.

St Boswells struggled to 57, thanks in part to 17 wides and no balls gifted by the Gala attack, before finally being dismissed with Dinesh Tharanga picking up two wickets and Robbie Irvine, Dean Moir and Kris Mein one each.

Gala reached their target in the 12th over, with Josh Irvine top-scoring with an unbeaten 23, and Duncan Millar and Jack Halls both reaching double figures.

z Gala Under-14s recorded their third win of the season with a seven-wicket victory over Hawick & Wilton at Buccleuch Park.

Evan Alexander led the way for the home side, retiring on 30, but there was little resistance elsewhere. Gala made light work of chasing Hawick’s total of 79, taking full advantage of the short boundaries to reach their target in the 10th over. Jamie Crooks retired on 35 and received good support from Jack Gammie before a fine Murray Wilson straight drive saw Gala home.