Amaz­ing vic­tory for Gal­loway team

Worked hard to tri­umph over Stir­ling

The Galloway News - - READER TRAVEL -

In an ex­cit­ing fin­ish at the Gate­house of Fleet Cricket Ground on Satur­day, Gal­loway dug deep to pull off an amaz­ing onewicket vic­tory against Wil­liamfield.

With weather to match the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings, Gal­loway worked hard in the field af­ter their vis­i­tors from Stir­ling opted to bat first, re­strict­ing them to just 41 runs from their last 16 overs.

Halfway through their in­nings Gal­loway were 91-2 and look­ing well-placed to reach the 204 tar­get, be­fore slump­ing to 161-8 with 10 overs left. Hero­ics from num­ber 10 bats­man Will Jones saw the home side to a de­served, though nail­bit­ing, first win of the sea­son.

Ross Lamb and Tommy Mc­Grath pro­duced more pace than con­trol with the new ball, con­ced­ing sev­eral wides, and Ste­vie Carr soon en­tered the at­tack. His ac­cu­racy was re­warded by dis­miss­ing both open­ers, Cheema LBW on the back foot and Wilkin­son yorked leg stump.

In his first bowl of the sea­son Mark Pa­gan (1-52) main­tained the pres­sure, not con­ced­ing a sin­gle wide in his 10 overs and hav­ing Mor­ton caught by Lamb. He switched ends and Jess Mc­Cul­loch (1-36) took over at the ho­tel end. Her line was also ex­em­plary and in her last over she trapped Machana LBW for 46.

The open­ing bowlers re­turned and were far more ef­fec­tive, both pick­ing up an LBW and pre­vent­ing the classy Fer­gus Martin from cut­ting loose to­wards the end. Four tidy overs from skip­per Neil Mc­Grath brought him two late wick­ets, both vic­tims be­ing bowled for a duck.

When Gal­loway bat­ted it be­came ev­i­dent that Wil­liamfield were re­ly­ing on four bowlers, be­ing with­out one of their reg­u­lars. Their plan to bowl them through al­most worked, though two new bowlers would be needed for the cru­cial 10-over cli­max.

The in­nings ebbed and flowed fas­ci­nat­ingly. Seven early wides were fol­lowed by four con­sec­u­tive maidens. Ross Lamb put Wilkin­son to the sword with three fours in an over, then the bowler had him caught at deep mid off. Paul Cooper (27) took up the role of ag­gres­sor, with four bound­aries, though the stout de­fence of Mat Wil­liams (12) ended when he chipped Martin to cover.

It was 122-4 af­ter both Cooper and Neil Mc­Grath were bowled, though Tommy Mc­Grath was by now go­ing well, hav­ing driven his first ball for four. Then two cheap wick­ets fell within three de­liv­er­ies, as Pa­gan was bowled and Carr was ad­judged LBW de­spite look­ing a long way for­ward. The score was now 135-6.

Tommy Mc­Grath hit 12 in an over off Mor­ton, in­clud­ing a mas­sive leg side six, but was im­me­di­ately bowled in sight of his maiden 50, a su­perb in­nings of 46 tak­ing only 33 de­liv­er­ies. Paul Swift kept the score mov­ing, but lost Andy Nay­lor just be­fore the oc­ca­sional bowlers were due to come on. Nay­lor was stumped the ball af­ter be­ing be­mused by the um­pire’s de­ci­sion to in­voke law 23.3 (re­fusal of leg bye) when try­ing to steer the ball into a gap.

Out strode Will Jones and with fierce pulling and driv­ing that brought him six fours, he added 35 runs with Swift, who was bowled by Cheema for a valu­able 16. Last bats­man Jess Mc­Cul­loch calmly played out the over and af­ter see­ing the 200 come up with another Jones bound­ary, she was alert enough to run an over­throw to bring the scores level and keep Will fac­ing. He duly won the match next ball with a drive into the off side, to the great adu­la­tion of the spec­ta­tors.

The most pleas­ing as­pect of the vic­tory was the team­work. All the Gal­loway bowlers took a wicket, strongly sup­ported by wick­et­keeper Andy Nay­lor, who stood up to the medium pac­ers, and the rest of the team all con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly with the bat. Wil­liamfield 203-8 (50 overs): F Martin 80; N Mc­Grath 2-4, S Carr 2-35.

Gal­loway first XI 204-9 (45.4 overs): T Mc­Grath 46, W Jones 31 not out, R Lamb 30; F Martin 4-36.

On Satur­day Gal­loway are due to host bot­tom of the ta­ble An­nies­land.

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