Gala made to wait until final day after Marchmont defeat

Gala vs Heriots 2nds. Stevie Halls.
Gala vs Heriots 2nds. Stevie Halls.
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A poor display with the bat ensured Gala suffered a four-wicket loss at Cavalry Park to Marchmont, their second defeat of the season.

Batting first on a damp wicket, after persistent early afternoon rain saw a delayed start and the match reduced to a 45 overs per side contest, Gala were looking comfortable on 124 for three with 16 overs remaining. However, a dramatic collapse saw the visitors lose seven wickets for seven runs to be bowled out for just 131.

Earlier, skipper Stevie Halls had done much to set Gala up for a decent total with a fine 55 while the rest of the top order all got starts, but failed to kick-on.

The most concerning aspect of the innings was the amount of wickets that fell to poor balls with full tosses and long hops claiming victims far too frequently. Ben Stewart and Aaron Sardesai did the damage for the home side, collecting eight wickets between them for just nine runs.

Gala needed early wickets to get back into the contest and Kris Mein shook off a side injury to deliver, along with Dinesh Tharanga, as Marchmont were reduced to 32 for three. It was a partnership of 83 for the fourth wicket from the classy Sam Peachey (63) and Phil Rees (42) that broke the back of the Gala effort in the field, but the visitors never gave up. Neil Crooks removed both players and when Scott Paterson bowled Peter Ervine soon after, the home side were six down and still 10 runs short of their target.

But it was too little too late as Will Collier and Gavin Wilson got a nervous home side over the line, meaning Gala will now have to wait until the final day to try to secure the title.