Gal­loway’s tri­umph over Glas­gow ri­vals

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

CRICKET GG’s yard Gal­loway made a win­ning start to the 2019 cam­paign with a 51 run vic­tory over Glas­gow side Vic­to­ria at the Gate­house of Fleet cricket ground on Satur­day.

The game was in some doubt due to the weather and started late as the vis­i­tors failed to make the al­lot­ted start­ing time, hand­ing home skip­per Ste­vie Carr the “choice” and he chose to bat first.

Fa­ther and son combo Alan and Ross Lamb opened for Gal­loway and made a brisk start, rac­ing to 30 in no time be­fore they both de­parted on that score, Alan caught at mid off for 10 and Ross bowled for 15 which brought to­gether Pat Druce and Tommy McGrath.

To be fair, nei­ther made a par­tic­u­larly bright start with Tommy fre­quently play­ing and miss­ing out­side off stump and Pat strug­gling to time the ball. How­ever, they got go­ing with Tommy scor­ing the quicker of the two with some sweetly struck bound­aries. They added 66 be­fore “T bird” was caught on the mid­wicket bound­ary for 39.

Cap­tain Ste­vie Carr joined Druce and a fur­ther 42 were added be­fore, at­tempt­ing a cut shot, Carr was bowled for 16. His re­place­ment Phil McMen­emy added 44 with Druce who, by now, had more of a flow to his bat­ting as he passed his 50, much to the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the home crowd.

Phil de­parted with a se­verely bruised toe as he “wore one” whilst be­ing given out leg be­fore to Jamshid for 14. And 182 for five soon be­came 182 for six as Paul Swift failed to trou­ble the scor­ers. Will Jones was ad­judged leg be­fore also with­out scor­ing al­though he and Pat Druce added 11.

H Bradley joined the fray and al­most im­me­di­ately pulled up with a ham­string injury whilst tak­ing a quick sin­gle. Even so an­other 42 was ac­crued be­fore Druce holed out to mid off for a work­man­like 77, his in­nings hav­ing pro­vided the back­bone for the team’s fi­nal to­tal.

Bradley de­parted hit wicket for 20 and Andy Nay­lor was given out leg be­fore for no score as the in­nings closed on 244 all out.

Jamshid was the pick of the vis­it­ing bowlers with 4 for 37. How­ever, 33 wides and five penalty points for the ball hit­ting the hel­met, were part of 53 ex­tras con­ceded by the away side.

In re­ply the vis­i­tors got off to a fly­ing start as Shakoor and Mo­hamed Nadeem struck any­thing pitched up straight to the bound­ary, of­ten for a maximum as the home side strug­gled to con­tain the Vic­to­ria open­ers. It took a change of bowl­ing to claim the first wicket as Tommy McGrath in­duced a false shot from Shakoor who was caught at fly slip for 15.

The score­board con­tin­ued to stay ahead of the run rate as A Nadeem joined his name­sake M Nadeem and at 107 for one Gal­loway were des­per­ate for a break­through.

It was debu­tant Alan Lamb who pro­vided it, clean bowl­ing danger man M Nadeem for 57.

The game then be­came a more even con­test as lo­cal spin­ner H Bradley helped ap­ply the brakes to the scor­ing rate and chipped in with two quick wick­ets, the first aided by a sharp stump­ing from Andy Nay­lor to dis­miss An­nam Nadeem for 53 then bowl­ing Rashid who had made 18.

Ross Lamb was brought back at the garage end and was soon on tar­get him­self, clean bowl­ing both Shafoor for three and Ali for two as the ball started to stay low due to the damp con­di­tions.

This turned out to be a fac­tor in the dis­missal of vis­it­ing skip­per Jamshid who was bowled by Bradley for 19 by one that turned and kept low and at this point the vis­i­tors had sub­sided from 159 for 3 to 188 for 7 that soon be­came 190 for 8 as Ross Lamb claimed an­other wicket, clean bowl­ing Nasik.

It was left to Bradley to take the last wicket as Rashid was some­what un­for­tu­nate to be ad­judged leg be­fore, leav­ing Vic­to­ria 51 runs short of the home side’s to­tal at 193 all out.

The game had see­sawed to and fro and that made it all the sweeter a vic­tory for the home side.

This Satur­day the first XI are away to GHK and the sec­ond 11 are at home to Glas­gow South. Score­card GG’s Yard Gal­loway 244 all out Druce 77, T McGrath 39; Vic­to­ria 193 all out; H Bradley 4 for 22, R lamb 3 for 55

Young play­ers for the Easter camp run by Kirkcud­bright Ten­nis Club dur­ing the school hol­i­days. Around 20 young­sters took part in coach­ing ses­sions lead by Mark Sin­dall and as­sisted by Lily Judge

Net win­ners

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