Gala leave it late to snatch 2012 final victory

20 20 Cricket Final . Winners Galashiels
20 20 Cricket Final . Winners Galashiels

Gala picked up their second piece of silverware of the season when they defeated St Boswells in the Border 20/20 final, held over from last year.

The match was a tense affair which went to the last over before Neil Crooks hit the winning boundary with two balls to spare.

St Boswells batted first on a cold and blustery evening and Kris Mein made an early breakthrough as Elliot Ruthven gave him a return catch. Steven Broom and Chinniah Prabhakar then built a solid partnership.

However, as both were dismissed, the scoring rate dropped, mainly thanks to a great spell from Dinesh Tharanga.

Kris Mein returned for the final over and picked up two more wickets as St Boswells ended their innings on 112 for six.

Despite losing Stevie Halls for four, David Boland and Josh Irvine kept up with the asking rate in a partnership of 43 before Ruthven yorked Boland.

Gala lost no momentum with Duncan Millar coming to the crease as an excellent partnership with Irvine brought the visitors within 12 runs of victory with two overs remaining, but Craig McNeill struck twice in three balls to remove both batsmen, and followed up by dismissing Kris Mein with the final ball of the 19th over.

So nine needed from the final over and Crooks had a huge slice of luck as he chased a short, wide ball from Broom only to edge through to wicket keeper Elliot Hunter, however a no ball had been called.

The next ball was pulled by Crooks into the leg side, resulting in three runs.

Rory Hancock missed at the next two, however, Hunter was unable to handle the second delivery and the Gala batsmen ran a bye.

Broom dropped short and wide again, and this time Crooks found the middle of the bat to reach the boundary to see Gala home to a five-wicket win.

St Boswells

E. Ruthven c & b Mein4

S. Broom st Millar b Crooks33

C. Prabhakar c J. Halls b Tharanga37

R. Young c Hancock b Moir11

C. Paterson not out13

E. Hunter b Mein2

K. White c Tharanga b Mein0


Total for 6112


S. Halls lbw b Prabhakar4

D. Boland b Ruthven22

J. Irvine st S. Hunter b McNeill34

D. Millar b McNeill27

N. Crooks not out8

K. Mein c S Broom b McNeil2

R. Hancock not out0


Total for 5113