Gala second string struggle to catch depleted Tweedsiders

Ross Patterson (left) and Kenny Paterson of Gala CC with the BSLT Accredited Club certificate and plaque
Ross Patterson (left) and Kenny Paterson of Gala CC with the BSLT Accredited Club certificate and plaque

Gala 2nd XI overcame a short-handed Kelso team with two balls to spare in a thrilling Border Sunday League encounter at Meigle Park.

The visitors could muster only eight players and were therefore unable to defend a highly competitive 164 in a match reduced to 35 overs per side.

Kelso took first use of the wicket and McNeil and Leslie made a great start, adding 57 for the first wicket before McNeil was yorked by home skipper Caitlin Ormiston. This brought Greg Davidson to the crease and he and Leslie added 99 for the second wicket, with both players getting into the 60s, before Leslie was run out thanks to good reactions from Max Hastings, and Gray holed out to Finlay Rutherford off Alex Hastings in the final over.

In reply, Kenny Paterson especially took advantage of the gaps in the field with a quick fire 32, but Gala lost Paterson, Irvine and Moir in quick succession as the scoring rate faltered. This brought Stephen Halls to the crease in his first match of the season and he showed his experience, well-supported by young Rutherford, to score a classy 52 at better than a run a ball.

With Rutherford having departed with the score on 128, Gala then lost three wickets in one over with the score on 139, as Sultan bowled Halls and Jason Anthony and Jamie Crooks was run out. This brought Dinesh Tharanga and Max Hastings together with 26 needed from five overs, and with just one run added from the next over, the home support could see the match slipping away. Kelso however had already bowled out their main four bowlers and Tharanga took advantage to steer Gala home.