Gala have tail docked

Gala 2nds lost seven wickets for just 15 runs to slump to a six-wicket defeat at St Boswells on the opening day of the Border Sunday League.

The visitors batted first, but made only 60, and while the Villagers initially made heavy weather of the meagre total, they eventually won the match in the 27th over.

Gala captain Craig Thomson won the toss and decided to bat at The Green. Dinesh Tharanga looked good early on until he edged a delivery behind off the bowling of Scott Marshall.

Jason Anthony fell to a second ball duck before Max Hastings was unlucky to be run out after a poor call by Kenny Paterson.

At 18 for 3, Gala were in trouble, but Paterson and Robbie Pringle appeared to steady the ship with a partnership of 27.

But the introduction of Elliot Ruthven and Australian Mark Williams proved the undoing of Gala.

Ruthven bowled Paterson (14) and Pringle (15) and then trapped Duncan Millar lbw for 6. After that, Gala’s tail failed to wag, as Ruthven claimed four wickets for six runs and Williams three for seven.

St Boswells started slowly against some decent Gala bowling before Scott Hunter was bowled by Tharanga for 14.

The Villagers slumped from 25-0 to 33 for 4 as Craig Paterson, Marshall and Gavin Deans headed back to the pavilion. But Goodman (16 not out) and Williams (21 not out) guided the Saints home.