Sec­onds win bat­tle in cas­tle grounds

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

Gal­loway’s 2nd XI made the jour­ney across the Firth of Clyde to the Cowal penin­sula on Satur­day to play Bute County in the lat­est match of their Western Union Di­vi­sion Four sea­son.

The home team’s ground on Bute was un­der re­pair so the game was switched to To­ward Cas­tle, a pic­turesque coun­try house set in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings about seven miles from Dunoon.

It was the vis­i­tors’ first look at a Flix pitch, a syn­thetic sur­face.

Vis­it­ing skip­per Howie Bradley fi­nally called cor­rectly at the toss and had no hes­i­ta­tion in ask­ing the home side to bat first and it wasn’t long be­fore the de­ci­sion was fully jus­ti­fied.

The open­ing pair of Bob David­son and Paul Lind­say have bowled well in tan­dem in re­cent games and this oc­ca­sion was no dif­fer­ent. Paul kept it tight whilst Bob took the wick­ets.

Bob has been on fire re­cently and it wasn’t long be­fore he’d in­duced the Bute opener, Andy Pea­cock, to play a false shot whereby he was caught at cover by Paul Cooper.

Next to de­part was A Field­ing who edged be­hind where Damien Brown claimed the first of his three vic­tims.

Bob also re­moved J Wil­son caught at ex­tra cover, as the home side’s in­nings came un­der in­tense early pres­sure.

The two Gal­loway open­ing bowlers were so con­sis­tent and the field­ing so tight that the home side had trou­ble scor­ing at more than one run per over. Paul Lind­say con­ceded only seven runs from his eight overs.

Skip­per Bradley and Jes­sica McCul­loch bowled “first change” hop­ing to carry on the good work and by and large they did.

Jess re­moved the trou­ble­some D Pea­cock for 18, leg be­fore and Bradley claimed a wicket to a won­der­ful re­flex catch be­hind the stumps from D Brown.

Ar­ron Richard­son re­placed Jess and was soon in amongst the wick­ets him­self, re­mov­ing R Wil­son aided by a fine catch from Natalie Ham­blin.

He then trapped A Guy leg be­fore, clean bowled P Power and, with the help of Brown, claimed an­other via a stump­ing.

His “five for” ar­rived with the sec­ond last ball of the in­nings as Paul Cooper took a com­fort­able catch at mid off, much to the de­light of the Gal­loway con­tin­gent.

Sixty all out off 40 overs is not a lot to chase. It was an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance from Gal­loway in the field. The home side were forced on the de­fen­sive right from the start with only 35 runs com­ing from the bat, the 25 ex­tras be­ing the vis­i­tors’ only real blem­ish.

Al­though it was a low to­tal and should have been a cake­walk it was im­por­tant for the lo­cals to go out with the right at­ti­tude.

Leon Stan­nus and Goochy opened for Gal­loway. Gooch set­tled the nerves early on with a bound­ary through square leg. Leon de­parted with­out scor­ing though, clean bowled, which brought to­gether ex Cas­tle Douglas pair Howie and Gooch.

In­stinc­tive run­ning be­tween the wick­ets kept the score­board tick­ing along nicely and soon half the runs re­quired had been scored.

Goochy, who had been bat­ting well, struck a pow­er­ful shot through mid on but straight to where a fielder was stand­ing who took a good catch.

That brought Paul Cooper to the crease who made eight be­fore the va­garies of the wicket saw one pop up and he was caught at point. With two needed for vic­tory, Bradley de­parted in ex­actly the same fash­ion, to the same bowler, he made 24.

Si­mon Mein and Damien Brown were at the crease when Damien struck a six to seal vic­tory by six wick­ets and with 18 overs in hand.

Scot­land’s vic­tory on Sun­day when the Gal­loway club took more than 25 peo­ple to the match, set the seal on a won­der­ful week­end’s cricket. Score­board Bute County 60 all out: A Richard­son 5 for 13, R David­son 3 for 15.

Gal­loway 2nd XI 66 for 4: Bradley 24, Thom­son 18.

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