Gala lose first game of the season in lacklustre display

Watsonians 2 beat Gala by 36 runs

Gala produced a lacklustre performance to fall to their first defeat of the season.

Dropped catches cost the Braw Lads dear as the city men managed 149 before difficult batting conditions contributed to Gala slumping to 113 all out.

The home side started well, Dean Moir removing Kenny Rae and Dinesh Tharanga bowling Andrew Fraser.

At 72 for 5, Watsonians could have collapsed, but worked themselves up to 149, with 1st XI regular Robertson making 41. Moir deserves credit for showing some of the form he is capable of, taking three wickets, while Tharanga was reliable as ever with 3 for 20.

Gala’s reply got off to the worst start when David Boland was out in the first over, but Jack Halls and Duncan Millar combined for a 42-run partnership. The pair looked comfortable until Millar mistimed a hook from a MacLeod delivery and Rae took the catch.

The cloud cover and green wicket proved perfect bowling conditions for Watsonians, as Kris Mein fell for a duck, but Halls and Tharanga looked in good touch until both fell in consecutive overs, followed by Kevin Gallagher and Robbie Irvine, to leave Gala at 72 for 7.

Kenny Paterson and Alan Oliver put on 31 runs to give Gala a sniff of victory, but when Oliver departed for 15, with the hosts still 45 runs short, it was game over.

Gala’s cause was not helped by Matt Jones suffering a hamstring injury while bowling, which meant he had to bat at number 11 rather than higher up the order, and he was left stranded at the end when Paterson was caught for 14.