GALA maintained their stranglehold on the Rae Nichol Memorial Trophy thanks to a stunning innings of 136 from 15-year-old Josh Irvine, as the home side racked up a mammoth total of 311 from their 50 overs.
The youngster had a great week, celebrating his Scotland Under-15 debut, playing in matches against Shropshire and Herefordshire at the start of the week, including guiding Scotland to victory over Herefordshire with an unbeaten 51. He then completed the week with this outstanding 125-ball knock that included 12 fours and two sixes.
Gala started at a quick pace, but lost Stephen Halls and David Boland early. Neil Crooks then joined Irvine and the pair added 134 runs for the third wicket before Crooks pulled Malcolm Ford to Rory Banks at square leg.
There was no let-up for the Selkirk attack, though, as Graeme Ormiston joined Irvine in a 98-run partnership before a mix-up between the pair saw Irvine’s innings end in a needless run-out. Kris Mein and Ormiston took Gala’s total over 300 and had local worthies contemplating when the team last completed such a feat.
In reply, Everitt and Greg Fenton put on 18 for the first wicket before driving Scott Paterson to Ross Patterson at mid-on.
This started a flurry of wickets as Selkirk slumped to 48 for 6 with David Hancock’s one-handed catch in the gulley to dismiss Thomas Penman off Kris Mein being a highlight.
Ranald Wilkie and Darren Fenton then put together a 50-run partnership before the latter drove Crooks to Halls at mid-wicket. This prompted the collapse of the visitors’ innings as the home side completed their win by 196 runs.
Stephen Halls collected the Memorial Trophy from Ian Crooks and singled out Irvine as the star of the show.
S. Halls, b D Fenton 10
D. Boland, b Wilkie 23
J. Irvine, run out 136
N. Crooks, c Banks b Ford 65
G. Ormiston, not out 39
K. Mein, not out 16
Total for 4 311
J. Everitt, b Irvine 15
G. Fenton, c R. Patterson b S. Paterson 6
J. Graham, c Millar b S. Paterson 0
T. Penman, c D. Hancock b Mein 2
R. Banks, b R. Hancock 13
A. Massie, c R. Hancock b Ormiston 6
R. Wilkie, c R. Patterson b Ormiston 34
D. Fenton, c Halls b Crooks 23
C. Fairbairn, b Crooks 5
C. Walker, b Ormiston 2
M. Ford, not out 2
Total for 10 115