Gal­loway score high­est to­tal of the sea­son in win over Glas­gow Ac­cies

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Gal­loway main­tained their un­beaten home record with a com­fort­able 241- run vic­tory over Glas­gow Ac­cies’ sec­ond XI at Gate­house of Fleet on Satur­day.

In the process, three of their play­ers pro­duced a ca­reer best per­for­mance. The re­sult was never in doubt once Gal­loway re­sponded to the loss of two early wick­ets, with two cen­tury part­ner­ships on the way to their high­est to­tal of the sea­son. Their An­nies­land based op­po­nents, who could only muster nine play­ers, were dis­missed in un­der 20 overs.

Af­ter a short rain de­lay Ac­cies, who had cho­sen to field, were briefly on top when lef­t­armer Nel­son Cum­mins had Neil McGrath caught at gully.

An event­ful over ended with the score on 5-2 af­ter Phil McMen­emy pulled the ball sweetly to the fine leg bound­ary, only to give Cum­mins a re­turn catch next ball.

The de­pend­able Mat Wil­liams struck a bound­ary off each of the new ball bowlers, whereas Tommy McGrath started more pa­tiently than usual. He waited for the change bowlers to ar­rive and duly smashed Ethan Ward for six and Bi­lal Zazai for con­sec­u­tive fours. Un­for­tu­nately, Zazai had to be re­moved from the at­tack early on, hav­ing bowled two beam­ers.

Tommy hit his re­place­ment, Hamza Ir­fan, for 20 in an over, and Mat brought up the 100 part­ner­ship with three fours off Char­lie McNaught’s first over, which cost 14.

Then Tommy al­most missed out on his maiden 50, be­ing dropped off a skier be­fore slam­ming Ward to the mid wicket bound­ary to com­plete the mile­stone from just 43 balls. He was dis­missed for 60, sky­ing a re­turn catch to McNaught to end the 18-over stand that had yielded 115 runs.

The vis­i­tors used seven bowlers to try to stem the flow of runs, but Pat Druce made life even harder for the scor­ers with a flu­ent knock of 94 in a part­ner­ship of 145 from the next 20 overs. He and Mat ro­tated the strike and ex­ploited the gaps mas­ter­fully, though Pat was caught just short of his ton, look­ing for his fourth con­sec­u­tive bound­ary.

A cou­ple of fours from Ste­vie Carr took him to dou­ble fig­ures be­fore he was also caught off Ir­fan, leav­ing Paul Swift (13 not out) to ac­com­pany Mat to his high­est ever score and the team’s 300.

It was a fine in­nings from the opener, who didn’t have enough of the strike near the end to reach his cen­tury.

In their re­ply Ac­cies lost skip­per Craw­ford Les­lie to a sharp catch by wick­et­keeper Andy Nay­lor off Pat Druce, who then saw Richie Lan­g­ley al­most pull off an amaz­ing catch at short extra cover. The ball de­flected to Tommy McGrath, whose high throw to the keeper was deftly caught to run out Ramesh with­out fac­ing.

Tommy picked up three wick­ets, the first when McNaught left a ball that hit his off stump, Bi­lal Zazai was bowled and Naveed Zazai was caught by Ste­vie Carr at third slip. Top scorer Ethan Ward (16) was bowled by Druce to leave the vis­i­tors 48-6 when a dou­ble bowling change was made af­ter 14 overs of pres­sure.

Jess McCul­loch en­sured no­body would be late for their evening com­mit­ments, quickly trap­ping Qayyum LBW for nought and hav­ing Cum­mins caught by the skip­per at cover. It was her best bowling fig­ures so far (2-2), whereas Neil had a quiet game (apart from 47 overs of um­pir­ing).

The match was played in a fine spirit, with Gal­loway ap­pre­cia­tive of Ac­cies trav­el­ling so far de­spite their se­lec­tion is­sues, and the An­nies­land team happy to do so for the su­perb venue and hos­pi­tal­ity of­fered at Gate­house.

Gal­loway 302-5 (50 overs). M Wil­liams 95 not out, P Druce 94, T McGrath 60; N Cum­mins 2-19.

Glas­gow Ac­cies 61 (18.3 overs), T McGrath 3-26, J McCul­loch 2-2, P Druce 2-22.

On Satur­day Gal­loway are at home to Lan­gloan, who are just above them in the di­vi­sion two ta­ble.

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