Galloway’s triumph over Glasgow rivals
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
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