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