Gala in emphatic return to form as key duo come back

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Gala secured an important victory and 20 league points with an eight wicket win over Largo at Meigle Park on Saturday.

Skipper Duncan Millar returned to action after a hand injury to guide Gala home with a sparkling 72 not out, while there was a welcome return to action for Kris Mein, who played his first match of the season following an ankle injury sustained during the rugby season.

While the win looked comfortable enough on paper, there were still some flat periods in the match for the home side, still slightly down on confidence after recent poor performances, none more so than when Warrender and Ali were putting together a good opening partnership of 70 for the visitors.

Indeed, with Largo at 108 for one after 29 overs, the visitors looked set to post a total comfortably over 200. However, the Gala attack started to take wickets, restrict the scoring rate and kept Largo to 175 for nine.

For the home side, Neil Crooks took four wickets and Robbie Pringle three, while Mein and Dean Moir picked up one each.

In response, Stevie and Jack Halls got Gala off to a good start, before Jack gloved an attempted hook shot to Warrender.

Stevie brought up his 50 then chipped a return catch to Brown to reduce Gala to 68 for two, when Millar joined Graeme Ormiston in the middle.

The pair took their time to play themselves in, as the required rate slowly increased, before Millar especially exploded in a flurry of runs as the final 57 required were knocked off in just 6.4 overs and Gala passed their target with 7.2 overs to spare.

Millar, who had reached his half-century with his first six, finished the match with his second, and also found the boundary on nine occasions, while Ormiston finished unbeaten on 37.

z On Sunday, Gala recorded their second eight-wicket win of the weekend to progress to the ESCA President Trophy semi-final after seeing off Westquarter and Redding at Falkirk.

The home side were bowled out for 138 with just over five overs unused. Scott Paterson and Moir made early breakthroughs as three of the home top four fell without scoring. The home wickets were shared out, with Paterson taking three.

In the Gala batting, Stevie Halls (13) and Josh Irvine (13) made a steady impact before Millar (55) joined Jack Halls (55) and the pair took the game away from the home side with a fine partnership.