Gala aided by Honest Toun batting collapse

Gala vs Marchmont, Duncan Miller batting for Gala.
Gala vs Marchmont, Duncan Miller batting for Gala.
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Gala secured successive league victories for the first time this season after a hard-fought 55-run win over Musselburgh at Lewisvale on Saturday.

The visitors’ hopes of a fifth league win was in the balance when Musselburgh were 108 for 4 with 22 overs left to chase down Gala’s total of 185.

But the hosts suffered a dramatic collapse with the loss of their final six wickets for just 22 runs to be all out for 130.

Gala lost the toss and were put into bat, but tight early bowling from Robertson and Middlemass saw Jack Halls stumped by the former bowler for 3. Josh Irvine looked in good touch until he found James Allen at mid-on for simple catch, but Stevie Halls and Duncan Millar added 42 in quick time, before Halls Snr edged behind to the accurate bowling of Ullah for 27.

Millar also edged behind to Ullah for 42 and when Kris Mein went for 17, Gala looked in danger of collapse at 121 for 5.

But Gala’s lower order wagged, with Alan Oliver (26), Kenny Paterson (23) and the returning Kevin Gallagher (10) all contributing to Gala’s final total.

Musselburgh started in brisk fashion through Ullah and Ahmed until the latter scooped a Mein delivery to Jack Halls.

Dale, Ullah and Mahadean followed soon after as the homesters were reduced to 39 for 4, and Gala thought they had bagged the fifth wicket of captain Tuffail when he appeared to edge a Scott Paterson delivery to Millar, only for the batsman to be given not out.

Tuffail, supported by Gartner, rebuilt the Musselburgh innings through a series of fours and looked in a good position to lead the hosts to victory, until Robbie Irvine’s tight bowling led to a hoisted ball to Mein for a simple catch for 48.

There was some resistance from Gartner with 36, but the remaining wickets fell in quick succession, thanks to some disciplined bowling from Mein (4 for 35) and Jack Halls (3 for 22) and well-taken catches by their team-mates.