Gala CC display convincing form in pre-season friendly

Gala in action duirng a previous season against Heriots CC (Stuart Cobley)
Gala in action duirng a previous season against Heriots CC (Stuart Cobley)
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A cloudy and wet day greeted the friendly match between Hawick & Wilton and Gala, played at Buccleuch Park on an artificial pitch.

It was not the greatest of days for cricket but both teams deserved plaudits for completing the match and getting much-needed practice before next week’s opening league fixtures.

Gala batted first and got off to a slow start, but gradually built up the pace.

Opener Jack Halls batted well after retiring 53 not out, while there was another great contribution, from the new player Rory Hawes, with a solid 46.

Gala eventually ended up with 181 for the loss of six wickets.

The pick of the home bowlers was Phil Mactaggart, claiming three wickets for 19 runs.

The Hawick & Wilton chase did not get off to a great start after three wickets fell for only five runs.

The innings began to take some shape with a partnership of 57 between Ryan Johnston and Evan Alexander, with Alexander falling for 25 but Johnston continuing, carrying his bat for a fine 57.

With Alexander dismissed, the Gala bowling ran through the lower order and Hawick & Wilton could only muster 107 all out.

Gala’s bowlers had a good day as Caitlin Ormiston took three wickets for seven runs and New Zealander Rory Hawes captured three for only six runs.

Robbie Pringle and Jamie Crooks picked up two wickets each.