Is­land sixes and cap­i­tal cup action

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

Leav­ing Cas­tle Dou­glas at 4.30 in the morn­ing, the Gal­loway ladies headed to Ar­drossan to catch the 7am ferry to Ar­ran where they took part in a fun and re­laxed sixes tour­na­ment or­gan­ised by San­nox Cricket Club.

The ladies en­tered as The Gal­loway All Blacks, dressed in black and wear­ing war paint.

Af­ter a day of cricket in the sun, the ladies camped on the beautiful is­land overnight be­fore set­ting off early the next morn­ing in or­der to reach Ed­in­burgh in time for their Scot­tish Cup fix­ture against the no­to­ri­ous Carl­ton Ladies.

A slightly less re­laxed game awaited the All Blacks who were faced with op­po­si­tion con­sist­ing of mul­ti­ple Scot­land na­tional play­ers.

Af­ter a friendly dis­cus­sion be­tween both cap­tains, it was agreed that, in or­der to en­sure a good match for ev­ery­one in­volved, Carl­ton would bat first. There­fore the Gal­loway girls, who were joined by friends from Dum­fries Cricket Club Sue Stra­chan and Rosy Ryan, took to the field with de­ter­mi­na­tion and plenty of team morale.

As ex­pected, Carl­ton opened with Scot­land’s open­ing bats­man, Olivia Rae, and daugh­ter of ex-Scot­land Cricket coach Peter Steindl, Lilly, who both smacked the ball all over the place.

Orla Mont­gomery, aged 11, was bowl­ing im­pres­sively and was not over­awed by the pres­sure. She bowled Steindl for 38 with the score on 103.

Rae was joined by cap­tain Ruth Wil­lis who was look­ing com­fort­able un­til Orla struck again.

Now in a rhythm, Orla also clean bowled Wil­lis for 19. The third wicket ex­hib­ited Gal­loway’s de­ter­mi­na­tion and calm de­meanour, de­spite the strength and skill of the op­po­si­tion.

Wildcat Katie McGill was run out af­ter a tremen­dous dis­play of team­work from skip­per Natalie Ham­blin and Louise Cum­ble.

The fi­nal wicket showed Gal­loway’s con­fi­dence, re­gard­less of the fact they were get­ting thrashed, as Jes­sica McCul­loch dug her heels in and, af­ter a good spell of bowl­ing, suc­cess­fully ap­pealed LBW which dis­missed Tait for just 10 runs. The fi­nal overs of the game lead Carl­ton to an im­pres­sive score of 306 for four off 30 overs. Olivia Rae scor­ing an in­cred­i­ble 171 not out.

Fol­low­ing a su­perb tea, the Gal­loway ladies took on the mon­u­men­tal task of chas­ing Carl­ton’s mam­moth score. The ladies put up a tremen­dous fight and were not over­whelmed by the tar­get score.

Pavlina Van Rooyen an­chored the team bril­liantly and stayed at the crease for the ma­jor­ity of the in­nings. Pav watched as other bats­men came and went as they failed to judge the swing of Carl­ton’s ex­pe­ri­enced bowlers.

How­ever, there were lots of pos­i­tives to take from the bat­ting ex­pe­ri­ence as play­ers held their ground, called de­ci­sively and picked out the weak balls to take ad­van­tage of. The girls kept up the fight un­til the fi­nal wicket fell dur­ing the 27th over and the score fin­ished on 46 all out.

A huge de­feat. How­ever, the team is in­cred­i­bly proud to have played against such class op­po­si­tion and taken wick­ets when the pres­sure was well and truly on. Coach Fraser Conn, who came along to support the team, iden­ti­fied lots of de­vel­op­ment points for the ladies to work on at train­ing but was ex­tremely im­pressed by ev­ery player’s com­mit­ment and effort through­out one of the women’s tough­est matches to date.

The club would like to thank the ladies spon­sor, Fleet Fish, who have funded much­needed kit.

Any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about the ladies sec­tion of Gal­loway Cricket Club please con­tact Natalie Ham­blin on 07872 909 010 or crick­et­club­gal­[email protected]

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