Gala bounced back from a 279-run mauling by league leaders Edinburgh on Saturday to defeat Eastern Knights at Meigle Park on Sunday, and gain 20 much-needed league points.
Gala were indebted to a fine knock by skipper Duncan Millar, who fell just short of his first century for the home club when he was caught on 99 near the end of the innings.
Millar hit 10 boundaries in a fluent knock that displayed his shot-making skills all around the wicket.
Millar was well supported throughout the innings, especially from David Boland and Dinesh Tharanga, but the young visitors will rue a number of dropped catches and a generous 49 extras that saw Gala reach 251 for 6 at the end of their 50 overs.
In reply, Evans took the lead in a good opening partnership with Knights’ skipper Wells. However, once the former had holed out to Pringle off Tharanga, wickets fell at regular intervals and when Wells was the ninth man out for a well-made 65, with the score on 140, Gala looked to have ensured an early finish.
The last pair of Khan and Sadler had other ideas though. Aided by a dropped catch and Khan being saved from dismissal by Grahame Ormiston due to a no-ball call, the duo added 53 for the final wicket, before a great piece of fielding from Tharanga saw the Sri Lankan throw down the stumps with Sadler short of his ground attempting a second run to end the innings on 193.
For Gala, Robbie Pringle took three Knights wickets for 39 from his 10 overs, with Tharanga and Neil Crooks taking two wickets each, and Dean Moir and Ormistion notching one apiece.