Braw Lads ease to 20/20 win over Melrose

Gala recorded a comfortable victory in this Border 20-20 Cup match against 10-man Melrose at Meigle Park.

Batting first, David Boland, after a scratchy start, exploded into action scoring 42 from 26 balls before being run out at the end of the sixth over, while going for a quick single as Gala rattled up 63 for 1 from the six powerplay overs.

Opening partner Stevie Halls continued the good start, despite losing son Jack Halls (11) who cut Owen to backward point with the score on 94, and brought up his own half century before having to retire hurt due to a hamstring injury with the score on 142. Neil Crooks joined Duncan Millar to add 43 in the last four overs, with Millar finishing on 41 and Crooks on 23.

Den Moir made an early breakthrough, removing visiting skipper Barry Scott without score in the first over.

The Melrose wickets fell at regular intervals with only Thomas Brown, in a late flourish, reaching double figures as Melrose were dismissed for 39.

Neil Crooks picked up four cheap wickets with Dinesh Tharanga and Alan Oliver two each, while Duncan Millar was in sparkling form behind the stumps with three catches and three stumpings.