FOR the second week running, Gala took on a table-topping unbeaten side and knocked them off their perch with a solid all-round performance.
Being asked to bat first against a good Marchmont side, Gala lost Stevie Halls early and David Boland and Josh Irvine had to work hard against an accurate opening attack from Loeffen and Macksimczyk. Having seen off the opening bowlers though, Irvine fell lbw to Granger for 17 with 39 on the board.
Boland and Duncan Millar took the score to 73 before the former was bowled for 32 just before the interval. Neil Crooks joined Millar in what proved to be the main partnership of the innings, with the pair slowly increasing the tempo and adding 95 runs, before Millar was deceived by a slow ball from Rees and was caught behind for 52.
Crooks also reached his half-century, but was sent back to the pavilion soon after by Loeffen. Graeme Ormiston and Kris Mein perished in the final overs in the chase for quick runs and Gala ended their 50 overs on 203 for 7.
As he has done regularly this season, Mein struck early to remove Rees, Loeffen and Sardesai in a fine opening burst. Scott Paterson from the other end then picked up two wickets to reduce Marchmont to 56 for 5.
Crooks removed Ahmed and Wilson in quick succession as Marchmont slipped to 85 for 7 and Gala looked to clean up the visitors’ batting quickly. Dean Moir removed Macksimczyk before Mein returned to pick up his fourth wicket, bowling Sheikh. Moir ended the visitors’ resistance by hitting Sardesai’s stumps as Marchmont were dismissed for 155 in the 47th over.