Lack of match prac­tice makes life dif­fi­cult for Gal­loway ladies

The Galloway News - - TENNIS -

It has been a very frus­trat­ing sea­son for Gal­loway ladies but they fi­nally got to play a league game against lo­cal ri­vals Dum­fries on Sun­day at Nun­holm.

The weather has re­sulted in most of the women’s league games be­ing called off and every­one was ex­cited to play in the lo­cal derby.

Dum­fries con­ceded the toss and Gal­loway chose to field first.

A solid start with some ex­cel­lent bowl­ing from Jes­sica McCul­loch and Louise Cum­b­ley kept the run rate down and the first break­through came in the sixth over when cap­tain Natalie Ham­blin ran out their opener when she was on just five runs. An im­por­tant wicket in the grand scheme of things.

It was clear from the tight field­ing that the ladies’ sum­mer train­ing has paid off.

Dawn Camp­bell was a stand­out all-round fielder along with fan­tas­tic per­for­mances from young­sters Hope Tay­lor, Tessa Hall and Car­men Cluckie.

The run rate sped up and the strong Dum­fries side put the Gal­loway girls’ field­ing skills to the test.

On the way to their 118 to­tal, Dum­fries lost three more wick­ets – an­other run out by Alex Liv­ingston, one caught by Natalie Ham­blin off the bowl­ing of Orla Mont­gomery and one hit wicket off the bowl­ing of Hope Tay­lor.

With a fairly healthy to­tal to chase, the pres­sure seemed to get to the Gal­loway girls who haven’t had a lot of match ex­pe­ri­ence this sea­son.

It wasn’t the great­est start as wick­ets fell like dominoes un­til Louise Cum­b­ley and Natalie Ham­blin man­aged to an­chor the team and set­tled into bat to­gether nicely with some bril­liant call­ing and back­ing up.

The score fi­nally started to tick over un­til Natalie was un­for­tu­nately clean bowled, leav­ing Alex Liv­ingston and Louise to see out the re­main­ing overs.

An­other fan­tas­tic part­ner­ship saw the Gal­loway Ladies fin­ish on 62 for five off their 20 overs – a long way from the tar­get set by Dum­fries. The ladies are now fo­cus­ing on mak­ing im­prove­ments ahead of their next league game away against Stir­ling on Satur­day.

Man of the match was awarded to Louise Cum­b­ley for her ex­cel­lent bowl­ing, calm and en­cour­ag­ing at­ti­tude through­out and tak­ing on the role of a much-needed an­chor when the bat­ting or­der crum­bled.

Team The Gal­loway Ladies who faced Dum­fries at Nun­holm on Sun­day

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