Gala in charge all the way in President’s Final

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Gala secured an unprecedented third straight President’s Trophy title with a dominant display against Morton at Penicuik’s Kirkhill ground.

The Braw Lads reduced Morton to 17 for 6 and while the Edinburgh side went on to make 75, stand-in captain Josh Irvine led Gala to a nine-wicket win.

The victory was in complete contrast to the two previous Trophy triumphs, which were won in nail-biting fashion.

Morton, who were promoted from Division Three this season, won the toss and decided to bat against a Gala side who had defeated Fauldhouse, Westquarter and Redding and Carlton 2nds on the way to the final.

Usually prolific with the bat, Morton were 3 for 3 after Kris Mein proved too quick and clean-bowled Aravinda and Vinnaigna, and Scott Paterson had Sahil edging behind to Kevin Gallagher.

Mein and Scott Paterson continued to peg back Morton and at 17 for 6 it appeared the game was heading for an extremely early finish.

But Nathan and Bala stuck in gamely to get their team up to 44 before Nathan (11) and Arun (0) fell to leave Morton 47 for 8.

Bala continued to occupy the crease, but when David Boland took a sharp catch to dismiss the batsman for 29, Morton’s innings came to a conclusion. Mein (3 for 17), Scott Paterson (3 for 21), Robbie Pringle (3 for 12) and Dean Moir (1 for 22) all bowled superbly to restrict Morton to their modest total.

In reply, Boland was given out lbw for a duck with the score on four, but Jack Halls and Josh Irvine combined to patiently take the game away from Morton and guide Gala to victory in the 22nd over. Josh Irvine made a fine 44 not out, including five fours and a six, while Halls finished on 16.