Morton struggle to match Gala’s class

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Gala beat Morton by 71 runs

ESCA PRESIDENT’S TROPHY

WITH some areas of the outfield still suffering from the horrendous downpours towards the end of last week, both teams deserve credit for getting this tie played at Meigle Park.

A delayed start allowed the pitch to dry out further, but it had little effect on the playing conditions, meaning a reduction from 40 to 30 overs per side. Morton, one league below Gala in East Division Four, asked the home side to bat first on winning the toss.

Stevie Halls and David Boland gave Gala a steady start, putting on 62 for the first wicket before Boland cut to Paril in the covers off Niaga in the 16th over. Halls went soon after as Josh Irvine slammed a drive back to the bowler. Halls anticipated the run, but when the bowler produced a great stop he had no hesitation in running out the Gala skipper for 32.

Irvine was run out soon after and Duncan Millar was bowled by Charham for seven before Neil Crooks joined Graeme Ormiston and the pair added 53 runs in an unbroken partnership to see Gala to 140 for 4.

Scott Paterson made early inroads into the visiting batsmen, removing the first four at a cost of 21 from his six overs.

Dinesh Tharanaga was eventually rewarded for an incisive opening spell with a wicket in his final over before Rory Hancock produced an excellent spell of swing bowling to pick up three wickets for just five runs.

Halls introduced Dean Moir into the attack and the youngster picked up his maiden 1st XI wicket when Charham dragged the ball onto his stumps.

The innings ended in bizarre circumstances when Crooks bowled a long hop with his first delivery, Paril pulled and assumed the ball would reach the square leg boundary, but the ball pulled up just short with the Morton No 10 dawdling in mid-pitch as Rory Hancock’s return was fired into Millar’s gloves for an easy run out.

With the 71-run victory secured, Gala now wait to find out who their second round opponents will be.

Gala

S. Halls, run out 32

D. Boland, c Paril b Niaga 26

J. Irvine, run out 1

G. Ormiston, not out 34

D..Millar, b Charham 7

N. Crooks, not out 18

Extras 22

Total for 4 140

Morton

S. Sabarvial, c K. Paterson b S. Paterson 5

A. Ranimuth, c Halls b S Paterson 10

V. Ghana, lbw b S Paterson 3

S. Anoni, c Hancock b S Paterson 13

A. Laeeq, b Tharanga 3

D. Belton, c Irvine b Hancock 1

V. Niaga, c Ormiston b Hancock 16

Siva, b Hancock 7

Charham, b Moir 2

J. Paril run out 5

Saha, not out 1

Extras 3

Total all out 69