Gala men under the Cosh in fourth loss of the season

Kelso vs Galashiels cricket club. At Shedden Park, Kelso. Dinesh Tharanga bowls for Gala.
Kelso vs Galashiels cricket club. At Shedden Park, Kelso. Dinesh Tharanga bowls for Gala.

A fine innings by Edinburgh Accies’ Andrew Cosh saw Gala suffer their fourth defeat of the season in East Division One.

Cosh batted the whole innings for an unbeaten 86 to lead Accies to a five-wicket win at Newfield, after Gala posted 146.

Gala had an early setback after winning the toss and deciding to bat, with Kevin Gallagher departing for a duck.

But Stevie Halls and Josh Irvine combined to take the visitors to 43 before Halls was caught for 16.

Irvine and Graeme Ormiston took the score to 73 before Irvine clipped the ball onto his own stumps to fall for a good knock of 46, which could have been a lot more.

Ormiston was then given out lbw for 14 and Kris Mein and Jack Halls departed soon after to leave Gala 111 for 6.

But Dinesh Tharanga produced a good total of 24 to help get Gala up to 146, which looked a competitive total, due to a long outfield.

Gala got off to a good start as both Carmichael and Gani fell to leave Accies 15 for 2.

But Cosh was the danger man, pulling anything which was remotely short, and led from the front to put the hosts in the driving seat.

He was firstly supported by Ahmed, who made 20 before Ormiston trapped him lbw, and then De Haan, who made a quickfire 25 before Gallagher took a fine catch on the boundary.

But Cosh, who smashed nine 4s and three 6s, fittingly scored the winning runs to defeat a deflated Gala team.

Pick of the Gala bowlers was youngster Jack Halls who took 2 for 27 from his 10 overs.

However, the Braw Lads maintained their 100% record in the Border T20 League, with an emphatic six-wicket win over depleted Kelso.

The Tweedsiders never recovered from being reduced to 4/3, crawling to 54 all out, before Gala surpassed the visitors’ total in the 14th over.

Skipper Kris Mein started with spinner Jack Halls, who immediately had Greg Davidson dropped by Kevin Gallagher before, three balls later, Gallagher redeemed himself with a simple catch from Davidson.

Ben Grindell fell in the next over to Dinesh Tharanga and Tom Roberts then hit one back to Halls.

Mark Henderson and youngster Brunton put on 30 before the latter was run out by an accurate Josh Irvine throw.

Irvine then had top scorer Henderson caught by Stephen Halls, as Kelso’s final wickets fell with ease.

Gala were reduced to 8/2 as Irvine and Stephen Halls fell, but Matt Jones’ run-a-ball 19 gave the hosts some impetus until he was caught and bowled by Grindell.

Gallagher then went for 4 as Gala wobbled at 37/4, but Graeme Ormiston (10 not out) joined Jack Halls (13 not out) to see the Braw Lads home.