Despite a brave team effort and first 50 of the season for Stevie Halls, Gala were well beaten by a strong Heriot’s 2nds side at Goldenacre on Saturday, writes Kenny Paterson.
Understrength once again due to injuries and unavailability, Gala battled to 155 for 9 from their 50 overs.
Heriot’s got off to a flying start and despite the Borderers bowling well at times, the hosts were deserved winners by six wickets.
With captain Duncan Millar recovering from a dislocated finger sustained in the previous week’s win over St Boswells, vice-captain Stevie Halls won the toss and chose to bat first on one of the best grounds in the country, against a side containing a number of players with experience at the top level of Scottish cricket.
Stevie and son Jack Halls opened the batting and raced to 37 off nine overs before Jack was bowled by Singh for 17.
Graeme Ormiston came in next and played an anchor role as Stevie Halls returned to form in style, scoring 52 before he was caught by Alex Anderson off the bowling of Kevin McLaren.
A middle-order collapse saw Dinesh Tharanga and Kenny Paterson both depart without troubling the score, and when Ormiston was bowled for 29, followed by Alan Oliver and Robbie Pringle, Gala looked in serious trouble at 113 for 7.
But Scott Paterson (31) and youngster Robbie Irvine (8) put on a stand of 35 to ensure Gala made it past 150.
Heriot’s put Colin Thomson in to open the batting and despite offering Gala some early chances, he soon found his range, thumping eight 4s and two huge 6s. Pringle was one of the victims of Thomson’s bludgeoning innings until he bowled the Heriot’s batsman for 63.
Craig Adams was out next when he lobbed a catch to Max Hastings from Tharanga’s bowling and Tharanga claimed another soon after when David Ross top-edged the ball into the gloves of wicketkeeper Stevie Halls.
At 84 for 3, Gala might have sniffed a chance, but Robert More, who previously played for Scotland, and ex-Scotland A cap Kevin McLaren put their experience and skill to good use to guide Heriot’s to the verge of victory.
More went for 21 after Graeme Ormiston trapped him lbw, but McLaren was unbeaten at the end with a classy 49.
Pick of Gala’s bowlers was Tharanga who took two wickets for 34 from his 10 overs.