Triumphant Galloway Seconds record a fine win
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.