GALA finally got their season underway at home to St Boswells on Saturday, but the Border League champions were up against it from the start and slumped to a four-wicket defeat.
Batting first, the home side slipped from 71 for 3 to 88 all out, a total that was never going to trouble St Boswells, however, the visitors did show some nerves in eventually overcoming their target.
Gala lost stand-in skipper David Boland with only four on the board, and Josh Irvine followed soon after, but Graeme Ormiston and Alan Niven took the score up to 37 before Niven played on off Rory Elms.
Neil Crooks then joined Ormiston and the pair steadied the ship, taking the score up to 71 before the experienced Elliot Hunter exploited the helpful bowling conditions to rip the heart out of the home batting.
First Ormiston shaped to drive and skied a catch to Elliot Ruthven at cover and was gone for a solid 37. Rory Hancock followed three balls later when he played on, then in Hunter’s next over Duncan Millar drove ambitiously and was caught by Richard Young. Crooks became Hunter’s fourth and final victim when he gloved a rising delivery down the leg side into the hands of Alasdair McIlroy.
Scott Paterson and Ross Patterson took the score up to 85 before Paterson drove at Elms and was caught behind. Patterson then gave Elms a simple catch at mid-off off Young, before Dean Moir was bowled by Elms three runs later to end the home innings.
Gala needed early wickets and Paterson gave them a great start, trapping Scott Ruthven lbw with only seven on the board. Elliot Ruthven survived a straightforward catch off David Boland’s bowling and helped Jamie Glover take the score to 32 before being bowled by Paterson for nine.
Glover and Steven Broom then looked in total control before some poor running saw Glover short of his ground going for a risky second run to Rory Hancock’s arm.
Young joined Broom but never looked comfortable, giving a catch to Ormiston at slip off Crooks for three. Ormiston then took the crucial wicket of Broom for 29 and McIlroy followed two runs later, caught by Hancock off Ormiston with the score on 72, but Scott Turnbull joined Kathryn White and the pair showed composure to ease the Villagers to victory with no further loss.
G. Ormiston, c E. Ruthven b Hunter 37
D. Boland, c Hunter b Turnbull 3
J. Irvine, b Broom 0
A. Niven, b Elms 3
N. Crooks, c McIlroy b Hunter 18
R. Hancock, b Hunter 0
D. Millar, c Young b Hunter 0
S. Paterson, c McIlroy b Elms 5
R. Patterson, c Elms b Young 7
C. Thomson, not out 3
D. Moir, b Elms 0
Total all out 88
E. Ruthven, b Paterson 9
S. Ruthven, lbw b Paterson 2
J. Glover, run out 27
S. Broom, lbw b Ormiston 29
R. Young, c Ormiston b Crooks 3
K. White, not out 9
A. McIlroy, c Hancock b Ormiston 1
S. Turnbull, not out 7
Total for 6 92