Cricket - Gala to the four against Kelso

Galashiels Cricket Club pavillion.''stock
Galashiels Cricket Club pavillion.''stock

Gala survived a nervy encounter with St.Boswells in Saturday’s East of Scotland Division One encounter, eventually winning by four wickets with 16 balls to spare.

St.Boswells batted first and lost McNeill early, however good contributions from Goodman, Broom and the returning Jamie Glover, with Broom and Glover both recording half centuries, provided the visitors with a solid platform to reach 176 for 7 from their 50 overs.

For the home side Robbie Irvine was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets for just 14 runs from his ten over spell, while Matt Jones also took two wickets.

In reply all the Gala batsmen got in, all reaching double figures, but wickets fell regularly and when Matt Jones was fifth out the score was 124 and the asking rate slowly creeping up, the home side were under pressure. Kev Gallagher then joined Duncan Miller, who had profited from some poor catching by the visitors, for a crucial 48 run partnership that saw Gala to the brink of victory before Millar fell for 50, five runs short of the target. Gallagher, who scored 37 from just 26 deliveries, eased the Gala nerves though, seeing them home in the 48th over.