Gala maintain top spot as Irvine makes massive ton

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A superb 117 by Josh Irvine saw Gala thrash Clackmannan County by 154 runs to maintain their position at the top of East League Division Two.

After Graeme Ormiston and David Boland had given the home side a great start, Irvine dominated the visitors bowling, ably supported by Duncan Millar and Kris Mein (both 41), finding the boundary 11 times in an 98-ball innings before he fell to Mehboob in the closing overs of the innings.

Gala scored 291 for six from their allotted overs, which is their highest score of the season so far.

In reply, Gala faced up to the expected onslaught from Mehboob, who hit 44 from 26 balls before falling to a great catch by Craig Thomson running in from long on off Kris Mein. Having already dismissed Sultan, Mein then picked up two further wickets and Ormiston one as Clackmannan slipped to 74 for 5.

A good partnership between Taylor and Jhangir took the score up to 123, however, both fell to Ormiston.

Dean Moir and Neil Crooks soon took the last three wickets as Clackmannan were dismissed for 137. Mein ended with four for 38, Ormiston three for 38, Dean Moir two for 36 and Neil Crooks one for zero.

Two days earlier, Irvine was in form once again as Gala took on Selkirk in the Border 20/20 League, as the home side cruised past the visitors’ total of 108.

Batting first, Selkirk were indebted to Darren Fenton with an aggressive innings of 51, but the Souters’ total always looked under par. For the home side, Kris Mein picked up two wickets in a tight spell while Robbie Pringle, Graeme Ormiston and Neil Crooks snatched a wicket each.

Gala lost David Boland with 12 runs in the board, but Irvine and Millar continued their fine recent batting in despatching the Selkirk attack to all parts as the home side reached their target with seven overs to spare.

Irvine finished on 60 not out, including eight boundaries, while Millar ended unbeaten on 43.

The result leaves Gala needing to beat Melrose tonight to make the 20/20 final.

The two sides met again on Sunday at Philliphaugh in the Border Sunday League with Selkirk coming out on top this time around.

The home side batted first and scored 127 all-out, with Gala skipper Craig Thomson taking three wickets. The pick of the batsman for Selkirk was Darren Fenton who top-scored with a half-century.

The Meigle Park men slumped to 45 all out, with Blair Amos taking seven wickets as the homesters won by 82 runs.