Another loss for Meigle Park side as Division One bid stalls

Gala’s poor run in East League Division One continued on Saturday after a heavily depleted side, missing seven first team regulars, were narrowly defeated by two wickets at the hands of West Lothian at Boghall.

Asked to bat first, Gala lost Ross Patterson early, but a second wicket partnership between Stephen Halls and Kevin Gallagher appeared to get Gala going as they began to frustrate West Lothian’s attack.

However, Halls eventually fell to Thompson, with Jack Halls following soon after.

Gala then looked in a bit of trouble as they lost Gallagher, who mistimed a pull shot to mid off.

Dinesh Tharanga and Alan Oliver then helped the score up to 73 before Oliver tried to up the run rate and was caught at mid on.

Scott Paterson then came to the crease and played a flurry of shots despite losing Tharanga for a well-made 34.

Finlay Rutherford joined Paterson and the pair took the score up to 122, before Gala lost their final three wickets without scoring. 

With the Borderers needing to bowl out West Lothian, they got off to the perfect start, with Paterson getting Drylie caught behind with the score on 4.

The wickets continued to come for Gala with Paterson, Tharanga and Moir restricting West Lothian to 54-4 at drinks.

However, positive batting by Raven gave West Lothian the upper hand and despite late wickets through Moir, Halls and Ross Patterson as well as tight bowling by Caitlin Ormiston, the home side eased to the total and won by two wickets in the 47th over.