Tri­umphant Gal­loway Sec­onds record a fine win

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Gal­loway sec­onds recorded a fine vic­tory at Kil­marnock sec­onds – oth­er­wise known as Kirk­style – on Satur­day.

On a breezy but warm day skip­per Bradley kept up his tra­di­tion of call­ing wrongly at the toss and the home side elected to bat first.

Paul Lind­say and Bob David­son opened the bowl­ing for Gal­loway with Lind­say strik­ing first, re­mov­ing Mark Chap­man, clean bowled in his first over.

At the other end, Bob had the ball on a string as he teased the bats­men into play­ing and miss­ing. His re­ward came in his third over, bowl­ing Hurl­ford for two. Howie re­placed Paul and bowled a va­ri­ety of leg breaks, even­tu­ally claim­ing the wicket of John­stone, caught and bowled for 14.

This left the home side on 72 for three in the 24th over and it would be the last wicket the vis­i­tors would claim un­til Harry Mc­Grath bowled G Walsh for 58 in the 39th over. Walsh and Pasha had counter at­tacked and lifted the home score to 165 for four off their al­lot­ted 40 overs.

Ar­ron, Wil­lie and Natalie all bowled well. The team had fielded with 10 play­ers for much of the in­nings as Jerry Teale had suc­cumbed to a ham­string pull from around the 10th over and had to sit out the re­main­der of the in­nings. Bob was out­stand­ing, con­ced­ing just 22 runs from his 10 overs.

It was maybe 25 runs more than the vis­i­tors wanted to chase but it was a good bat­ting wicket and Wil­lie Martin got the team off to the per­fect start with his pos­i­tive ap­proach and lovely ex­tra cover drives. His part­ner Robin Chalmers nur­dled and hit out once or twice as the two open­ers put on 26 for the first wicket.

Wil­lie Martin was first to go clean bowled for 16 which meant skip­per Bradley joined Chalmers. They added 31 to­gether be­fore Robin, at­tempt­ing to up the run rate, was bowled for 13. Paul Lind­say joined Bradley and to­gether they set about build­ing a part­ner­ship which lasted 15 overs and yielded a fur­ther 62 runs, Paul even­tu­ally be­ing run out even though he him­self wasn’t in­volved as by then he re­quired a run­ner due to yet another ham­string in­jury.

This left Gal­loway on 119 for three off 34 overs. 47 was still needed off the last six overs with Damien Brown strid­ing to the crease to join Bradley. Their first over to­gether added a mod­est six, the next 18 balls, how­ever, went for 44 runs in­clud­ing a huge straight six from Brown which fi­nally broke the hearts of the home side.

The game ended with two overs still to go as Bradley plun­dered 19 off Walsh’s sixth and what was the 37th over of the in­nings as the game came to a rapid con­clu­sion, much to the joy of the trav­el­ling Gal­loway crew. Howie re­mained 81 not out and Damien 16 not out to com­plete a good pos­i­tive all round team per­for­mance with ev­ery­one mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion.

Score­board Kirk­style 165 for 4 – Walsh 58, Pasha 54 not out. David­son one for 22.

Gal­loway sec­ond XI 168 for three. Bradley 81 not out, Lind­say 30.

This Satur­day the team visit Gourock to play In­ver­clyde.

The mid­week Cas­tle Beat­tie team lost a high scor­ing game to the Dy­namos, a St Michael’s team. How­ever, the value of the mid­week game was shown in Satur­day’s re­sult as both Paul Swift and Will Jones made match win­ning con­tri­bu­tions.

Vic­to­ri­ous Gal­loway Cricket sec­onds.

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