IT WAS a frustrating start to the cricket season for Gala and Kelso, as the clash between last season league champions and runners-up was washed out with the game delicately poised.
Kelso won the toss and asked Gala to take first use of what was a very good early-season wicket, but the home side were soon on the back foot when Josh Irvine edged Stuart Cessford to Phil Dunkley in the gulley with 10 runs on the board.
David Boland had looked comfortable at the crease, but went for a big drive off Cessford and was bowled for 18, bringing Kris Mein to the wicket to join Graeme Ormiston. The Gala pair added a solid 50-run partnership before Mein (24) attempted a pull off Steven Patterson and top-edged a catch back to the bowler with the score on 82.
Ormiston followed four runs later as he tried to turn Patterson to leg, got a leading edge back to the bowler and was gone for 27. Worse was to follow for the home side when Rory Hancock was bowled off his pads by Patterson three balls later.
Neil Crooks and Andy Lawrie took the score up to 112 before Lawrie played round a straight ball from Cessford and the same bowler picked up Crooks, who shaped to play an over-ambitious drive and was caught by Douglas Wilson.
Gala had now slumped to 117 for 7 and it took a good innings from Duncan Millar, well-supported by David Hancock, to get Gala up to an, at best, competitive final total.
The pair added 26 for the eighth wicket before Hancock was run out looking for a second run.
Scott Paterson was caught by Wilson with the score on 150 and three runs later Millar fell to the first ball off the 47th over for a crucial 23.
Unfortunately, the rain that had started to fall as the Gala innings ended fell steadily for two hours, washing out any prospect of further play.
For the home side they will be disappointed that four of the top five batsmen all got in and set before getting out without making a significant contribution to the innings, a situation that will need to be resolved quickly if Gala want to claim a hat-trick of league titles.
J. Irvine, c Dunkley b Cessford 4
D. Boland, b Cessford 18
G. Ormiston, c & b Patterson 27
K. Mein, c & b Patterson 24
N. Crooks, c Wilson b Cessford 22
R. Hancock, b Patterson 0
A. Lawrie, b Cessford 5
D. Millar, b Gibson 23
D. Hancock, run out 10
S. Paterson, c Wilson b Galbraith 3
C. Thomson, not out 0
Total for 10 53