Impressive bowling performances by Gala’s young attack was not enough to stop the Meigle Park side slumping to a 54-run loss at Largo in East Division One.
Robbie Irvine, Robbie Pringle and Jack Halls have a combined age of only 49, but the trio took all eight of Largo ’s wickets in the Fife side’s total of 172.
But under strength Gala lost their final seven wickets for just 16 runs to finish on 118.
Gala skipper Duncan Millar won the toss and decided to put Largo into bat. The home side’s openers Ali and Warrender batted patiently to reach 66 before Dinesh Tharanga took a catch from Pringle’s bowling. Largo slipped to 96 for 4 with only 14 overs left, but the hosts managed to add 76 runs, mainly through an impressive innings of 46 by Gillin. Fifteen-year-old Robbie Irvine finished with 4 for 45, Pringle 3 for 21 and Jack Halls 1 for 26.
Gala started briskly in reply, but lost three wickets with the score on 22.
Millar and Tharanga were brought together and put together a partnership of 80 to pull the visitors back into the game.
However, Tharanga was bowled for 35 with the score on 102, and Millar followed soon after, also for 35.
The departure of the pair sparked a collapse as Gala were all out in the 33rd over.
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