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Dev team do club proud

A youthful Gala/Hawick Development side put in an excellent performance at Penicuik 2nds only to fall to a two wicket loss.

The team contained nine players under 20 years of age but pushed their hosts all the way at Kirkhill.

Batting first, Alex Hastings made an excellent half century to get Gala/Hawick up to a total of 120 all out, with Stuart Skeldon adding 20 and John Purves – on his first game of cricket for over 20 years – scored 18. Walter took 3 for 11 for Penicuik.

Penicuik looked set for a comfortable win as first team player Murray got them off to a flyer but Gala/Hawick claimed regular wickets to set up a tight finale before Airey (30 not out) got the hosts over the line.

Liam Skeldon claimed two wickets, while Robbie Paterson, Maisie Maciera, Fergus Hastings and Finlay Skeldon took a wicket each.

Special mention to 12th ‘man’ Murray Purves who turned out for the first time for the development team alongside his dad.

Gala/Hawick

J. Boyle ct F. Ingram b R. Airey 3

A. Hastings b P. Kingsbury 54

J. Bell b F. Ingram 0

R. Paterson b R. Airey 6

J. Purves lbw b G. Ingram 18

L. Skeldon run out (R. Docherty) 1

C. Fernandes b G. Ingram 0

S. Skeldon not out 20

F. Hastings b S. Walter 0

M. Maciera b S. Walter 3

F. Skeldon b S. Walter 0

Extras – 15

Total – 120 for ten wickets

F. Ingram 5-1-17-1; R. Airey 8-1-12-2; B. Gray 1-0-1-0; P. Kingsbury 8-1-28-1; H. Murray 5-0-16-0; G. Ingram 2-0-6-2; R. Docherty 2-0-11-0; S. Walter 3-0-11-3.

Penicuik 2nds

D. Ainslie lbw L. Skeldon 18

H. Murray b R. Paterson 44

J. Leslie ct J. Bell b L. Skeldon 13

P. Kingsbury lbw M. Maceira 8

R. Airey not out 30

S. Walter b R. Paterson 3

G. Ingram b S. Skeldon 1

F. Ingram run out (A. Hastings) 0

H. Fisken ct J. Bell b F. Skeldon 0

B. Gray not out 0

Extras – 11

A. Hastings 3.1-0-33-0; L. Skeldon 8-0-41-2; R. Paterson 4-0-16-1; F. Hastings 4-0-8-1; M. Maceira 4-2-5-1; J. Boyle 2-0-13-0; F. Skeldon 3-0-4-1.

Sid sets Gala closer to promotion

Gala are on the verge of promotion after Sid Siddhu led the Braw Lads to a five wicket win against Watsonians 2nds at Meigle Park.

Siddhu scored a superb unbeaten 65 as Gala overcame their opponents’ total of 115 to stay top of Division One.

Ground staff Stevie Halls and Davie and Caitlin Ormiston carried out a minor miracle to get the game played, after the consistent heavy rain during the previous week had left Meigle Park sodden.

While the pitch was green and outfield damp, it was certainly playable and produced a tense and exciting game.

Watsonians chose to bat first upon winning the toss, but were soon in deep trouble at 53 for 5 as Jack Gammie, Rory Hancock and Kenny Paterson all made good catches, with Scott Evans, Scott Paterson and Dean Moir among the wickets.

Worse was to follow for the Edinburgh side as they slumped to 74 for 8, as Dinesh Tharanga claimed Willsdon with a superb slower ball, Hancock and Duncan Millar combined for a brilliant run out of Robertson and Paterson bowled Burgess.

But youngsters Abbey (16 not out) and Vehlow (23) batted with maturity and skill to add 41 for the ninth wicket before Evans bowled Vehlow and Moir brilliantly ran out last man Baltzer to conclude the innings.

Evans was top bowler again with 3 for 20, with Scott Paterson (2 for 21) and Moir (2 for 25) also among the wickets.

In reply, Siddhu played with his usual aggressive style while Max Hastings played an anchor role to take Gala to 35 before being adjudged lbw to Abbey.

There was then controversy when Siddhu was caught by Willsdon off a Burgess delivery, only for a no ball to be given. It was a late call which left Watsonians furious but the umpire was adamant Burgess’ front foot had been beyond the crease.

Millar (11) fell soon after lbw to Burgess and captain Dinesh Tharanga was then run out as Gala began to creak at 66 for 3.

But Evans and Ross Patterson supported Siddhu well to get Gala to the verge of victory, before the Indian clipped another four in the 28th over to seal the win.

Siddhu finished with 10 fours and deservedly picked up the man of the match award from main sponsor Sinclair Duncan on the club’s annual Supporters Day.

Watsonians 2nds

F. Kinloch ct R. Hancock b S. Evans 11

F. Sands ct J. Gammie b D. Moir 5

C. Martn b D. Moir 4

K. Rae ct K. Paterson b S. Evans 11

O. Robertson run out (R Hancock) 16

P. High lbw S. Paterson 7

C. Willsdon b D. Tharanga 10

E. Burgess b S. Paterson 2

A. Abbey not out 16

D. Vehlow b S. Evans 23

G. Baltzer run out (D. Moir) 0

Extras – 10

Total – 115 for ten wickets

D. Moir 9-1-25-2; S. Evans 9-2-20-3; S. Paterson 9-2-21-2; D. Tharanga 9-2-14-1; R. Hancock 2.4-0-14-0; R. Patterson 2-0-16-0.

Gala

S. Siddhu not out 65

M. Hastings lbw A. Abbey 4

D. Millar lbw E. Burgess 11

D. Tharanga run out (F. Kinloch) 0

S. Evans ct C. Willsdon b P. High 0

R. Patterson ct C. Martin b P. High 5

K. Paterson not out 0

Extras – 23

Total – 117 for five wickets

F. Sands 6-0-27-0; A. Abbey 5-1-18-1; E. Burgess 8.4-1-42-1; P. High 8-0-20-2.

Fairburn helps putt Gala into 2020 final

Simon Fairburn swapped his golf clubs for a cricket bat to help Gala squeeze past Selkirk and into a Border 2020 final.

Selkirk had defeated Gala in the Murgitroyd 2020 Border semi-final in June by just three runs, and it looked like they may repeat their victory with the Braw Lads needing nine runs off the last eight balls.

But with the pressure mounting, Fairburn smashed two consecutive fours in the penultimate over, to allow Finlay Rutherford to knock off the winning run in the last over.

Selkirk batted first at a damp Meigle Park, and started well with in-form Greg Fenton (17) and Rory Banks putting on 34 from the first five overs.

But Scott Evans claimed Fenton after Scott Paterson made a good catch at first slip, and then bowled David Gardiner in the same over.

The loss of two wickets slowed down Selkirk’s scoring rate for a few overs, but Banks then took the game to Gala, making a fine 72 which included seven 4s and two 6s before Dean Moir had him caught by Finlay Rutherford.

Selkirk finished on 121 for four wickets, with Evans (2 for 18) top bowler for Gala alongside Moir who only conceded 11 runs for one wicket from his four overs.

Gala got off to a poor start as Duncan Millar (5) and Jamie Crooks (10) both fell early to Banks to leave the hosts 22 for 2.

Dinesh Tharanga (23) and Evans (34) put on a 50 run partnership to get Gala back into the game and when both fell in quick succession Rutherford and Moir (13) had another useful partnership.

When Moir departed, Gala still needed 12 runs from the last two overs in another dramatic finish.

But Fairburn (9 not out) and Rutherford (20 not out) saw the hosts home.

Selkirk

G. Fenton ct S. Paterson b S. Evans 17

R. Banks ct F. Rutherford b D. Moir 72

D. Gardiner b S. Evans 0

B. Wilkinson not out 16

M. Fenton ct S. Fairburn b R. Patterson 6

J. Allan not out 0

Extras – 10

Total – 121 for four wickets

S. Paterson 3-0-21-0; S. Evans 4-0-18-2; D. Moir 4-0-11-1; D. Tharanga 4-0-23-0; J. Crooks 3-0-35-0; R. Patterson 2-0-10-1.

Gala

D. Millar ct K. Easson b R. Banks 5

J. Crooks b R. Banks 10

D. Tharanga b D. Heard 23

S. Evans run out 34

F. Rutherford not out 20

D. Moir ct G. Fenton b D. Heard 13

S. Fairburn not out 9

Extras – 11

Total – 122 for five wickets

G. Fenton 4-0-23-0; R. Banks 4-0-17-2; D. Gardiner 4-0-14-0; B. Wilkinson 2-0-12-0; D. Heard 3.1-0-17-2; I. Gardiner 2-0-21-0.

Young leads Melrose to shock win

Conor Young switched from rugby to cricket to lead Melrose to a shock win over Gala in the Border 2020 League at Huntlyburn.

Scotland club rugby internationalist prop Young claimed three wickets and scored a half century as Melrose won by six wickets.

Batting first on a very difficult wicket, Gala tried to hit their way out of trouble rather than build an innings, failing to even reach the end of the 20 overs as they were all out for 88.

Gala got off to a decent start before Duncan Millar was deceived by the low bounce of the wicket and was caught out lbw.

It led to a succession of wickets as Gala were reduced to 49 for 6.

Finlay Rutherford (28) and Kenny Paterson (8) patiently rebuild the innings, putting on 35 before Paterson made a poor decision to run himself out, which led to another collapse as Gala were all out with 10 balls left to bowl.

Australian Young and Douglas Crawford put on 31 for the first wicket, but when Crawford was out, Young continued to dominated, smashing five 6s in his innings of 53.

He was out with the score on 76, and although Melrose lost another wicket, they eventually got home with seven balls to spare to claim a fine win for the Division Four side.

Jamie Crooks claimed two wickets for Gala.

Gala

S. Siddhu ct D. Crawford b C. Young 27

D. Millar lbw R. Williams 6

J. Crooks b D. Howard 4

D. Tharanga lbw b D. Howard 0

S. Evans ct M. Rogerson b C. Young 1

F. Rutherford ct D. Howard b M. Rogerson 28

R. Irvine b O. Phillips 1

K. Paterson run out 8

M. Hastings ct D. King b C. Young 2

A. Hastings b M. Rogerson 0

L. Skeldon not out 0

Extras – 11

Total – 88 for ten wickets

D. Howard 4-0-23-2; R. Williams 3-0-16-1; C. Young 3.2-0-10-3; D. King 4-0-17-0; O. Phillips 2-0-17-1; M. Rogerson 2-0-5-2.

Melrose

C. Young ct J. Crooks b S. Evans 53

D. Crawford ct R. Irvine b D. Tharanga 10

D. King ct M. Hastings b J. Crooks 7

R. Williams not out 16

M. Rogerson ct F. Rutherford b J. Crooks 2

C. Howard not out 1

Extras – 3

Total – 92 for four wickets

D. Tharanga 4-0-15-1; S. Evans 4-1-14-1; R. Irvine 4-0-21-0; J. Crooks 4-0-25-2; F. Rutherford 2.5-0-16-0.

Dev team push DT all the way

Gala/Hawick Development team put in a creditable against promotion chasing Drummond Trinity at Buccleuch Park.

The development team scored 134 for eight from their 40 overs, with Evan Alexander (35), James Boyle (23) and Harris Brogan (19) top scoring.

In reply, Liam Skeldon (2 for 15), Ryan Johnston (2 for 12) and Brogan (1 for 29) claimed the wickets but Drummond Trinity – who have won all but one game all season – got home with five overs and four wickets to spare.

Gala/Hawick

A. Hastings b V. Puli 8

J. Boyle ct M. Inturi b DK Siddalingaiah 23

E. Alexander b S Yavagaari 35

R. Johnston ct & b V. Puli 3

C. Ormiston b UB Narayana 7

J. Tait run out 11

R. Paterson ct G. Modi b V. Duvvuri 7

H. Brogan ct & b V. Duvvuri 19

L. Skeldon not out 1

Extras – 20

Total – 134 for eight wickets

V. Puli 8-2-13-2; U. Narayana 8-1-32-1; V. Duvvuri 7-1-23-2; N. Billipelli 8-1-34-0; S. Yavagaari 3-0-9-1; DK Siddalingaiah 6-1-18-1.

Drummond Trinity 4s

S. Yavagaari ct E. Alexander b H. Brogan 23

D. Siddalingaiah b R. Johnston 38

S. Balakrishnan ct E. Alexander b L. Skeldon 7

C. Jennings b L. Skeldon 0

G Modi ct H. Brogan b R. Johnston 26

K Balasubramanian not out 19

M. Inturi run out 1

N. Billipelli not out 2

Extras – 20

Total – 136 for six wickets

A. Hastings 4-0-18-0; H. Brogan 7-0-29-1; L. Skeldon 3-0-15-2; C. Ormiston 4-0-14-0; F. Hastings 5-0-21-0; J. Tait 3-0-11-0; R. Johnston 6-1-12-2; R. Paterson 3-0-9-0.

Best showing of season sees Gala win vital game

Gala produced one of their best displays of the season to see off Linlithgow and remain top of Division One.

And it was New Zealander Scott Evans who played a key role with bat and ball, scoring an unbeaten 25 to help Gala up to a total of 155 for seven and then taking four wickets as Linlithgow finished 38 runs short on 117 all out.

Gala got off to a good start through Sid Siddhu (21) and Finlay Rutherford (21) but both fell in quick succession, followed by Duncan Millar and Dinesh Tharanga.

At 60 for 4, Jamie Crooks (22) and Robbie Irvine (21) rebuilt the innings, before Crooks was bowled by Brookes.

Evans and Robbie Irvine added another 30 runs to take Gala up to 116, but the runs then dried up as three maidens in a row were bowled.

However the patience of Evans and Ross Patterson (18) was rewarded as the pair added a vital 34 runs in five overs.

Gala got off to a brilliant start as Brookes, who scored 74 against the hosts when they were well beaten at Linlithgow in June, edged behind a Dean Moir delivery to Duncan Millar to leave Linlithgow 0 for 1 after three balls.

Millar claimed another catch when Irvine’s brilliant lifting delivery caught the glove of Stump to depart for 12.

Tharanga then ripped apart the Linlithgow middle order, leaving the visitors 48 for 5.

But Nettleton (17) and Whitton (9) supported remaining opening batsman Strachan well, as Linlithgow fought their way back into the game to set up a tense finish.

Up stepped Evans, who claimed Whitton and then the vital wicket of Strachan, who made 50.

The Kiwi then wrapped up the innings as he finished with 4 for 23, while Tharanga claimed 4 for 27, with Moir (1 for 20) and Irvine (1 for 18) also bowling superbly.

Gala

S. Siddhu ct S. Ahammed b A. Williamson 21

F. Rutherford ct & b G. Raven 21

D. Millar ct C. Whitton b A. Williamson 2

D. Tharanga ct A. Napoli b A. Williamson 0

J. Crooks b P. Brookes 22

R. Irvine ct A. Williamson b P. Brookes 21

S. Evans not out 25

R. Patterson ct W. Nettleton b R. Thomson 18

D. Moir not out 4

Extras – 21

Total – 155 for seven wickets

R. Thomson 5-0-34-1; A. Williamson 9-3-24-3; G. Raven 9-1-18-1; J. Strachan 9-1-25-0; P. Brookes 9-1-32-2; S. Ahammed 4-2-12-0.

Linlithgow

P. Brookes ct D. Millar b D. Moir 0

J. Strachan ct R. Irvine b S. Evans 50

K. Stump ct D. Millar b R Irvine 12

R. Saunders b D. Tharanga 9

S. Ahammed lbw b D. Tharanga 0

A. Napoli b D. Tharanga 0

W. Nettleton lbw D. Tharanga 17

C. Whitton ct D. Tharanga b S. Evans 9

A. Williams ct & b S. Evans 5

R. Thomson not out 1

G. Raven lbw S. Evans 0

Extras – 14

Total – 117 for ten wickets

D. Moir 7-0-20-1; R. Irvine 8-1-18-1; S. Evans 8.4-1-23-4; D. Tharanga 9-4-27-4; J. Crooks 5-0-23-0.

2nds edged out in friendly thriller

Linlithgow edged out Gala in the final over of a thrilling Sunday friendly at Boghall.

After Gala 2nds home game was cancelled when Dunbar conceded, captain Finlay Rutherford quickly arranged a friendly in West Lothian.

With a host of games being cancelled due to the weather, Gala took the chance to give some of their first team some batting-time.

Graeme Ormiston made 52 not out and Sid Siddhu 48 retired as Gala reached 150 for 4 from their 30 overs.

In reply, Linlithgow saw Ahmed score 51 before retiring but the game went down to the last over, only for the home side to squeezed home with three balls to spare.

Finlay Rutherford took 2 for 17 and father Andrew Rutherford 2 for 22 for Gala 2nds.

Gala 2nds

G. Ormiston not out 52

J. Boyle b A. Graham 0

F. Rutherford ct & b S. Ahmed 12

A. Lawrie retired 18

S. Siddhu retired 48

A. Rutherford b S. Flatley 0

M. Rutherford b A. Whitmarsh 0

L. Skeldon not out 5

Extras – 15

Total – 150 for four wickets

C. Graham 6-2-11-0; A. Graham 6-1-31-1; S. Flatley 6-0-28-1; A. Warren 5-1-25-1; A. Whitmarsh 2-0-8-0; S. Ahmed 5-0-35-1.

Linlithgow 2nds

D. Whitmarsh retired 19

A. Whitmarsh ct G. Ormiston b A. Rutherford 40

S. Ahmed retired 51

M. Thompson b A. Rutherford 1

A. Warren b F. Rutherford 2

S. Flatley run out (A. Rutherford) 2

A. Graham not out 28

C. Graham not out 5

Extras – 7

Total – 155 for 4 wickets

M. Rutherford 6-0-33-0; L. Skeldon 3-0-26-0; D. Tharanga 6-1-30-1; A. Rutherford 6-2-22-2; G. Ormiston 3-0-21-0; F. Rutherford 5.3-3-17-2.

Under 15s suffer Tillside defeat

Gala Under 15s made the trip to Northumberland to play Tillside, and suffered a 50 run defeat.

The home side batted first and made 101 for three, with Liam Skeldon taking two for 25 and Mac Rutherford 1 for 17.

In reply, a very youthful Gala side struggled, with Liam Skeldon top scoring with 24 followed by Matt Lindores (7) as the visitors finished on 50 all out.

Many thanks to Tillside for their hospitality including superb teas, and to Stuart Skeldon for again taking the team and driving the minibus to the game.

Tillside Under 15s

A. Skelly b L. Skeldon 0

E. Maderry retired 25

D. Todd retired 25

B. Elsworth retired 28

K. Ross ct & b L. Skeldon 2

O. Byass  M. Rutherford 0

C. Smith not out 0

A. Newton not out 1

Extras – 20

Total – 101 for 3 wickets

L. Skeldon 4-0-25-2; M. Rutherford 3-0-17-1; M. Lindores 2-0-12-0; M. Maceira 3-0-15-0; K. Singlor 3-0-12-0; F. Skeldon 3-0-19-0l R. Singlor 2-0-10-0.

Gala Under 15s

S. Lindores b A. Skelly 0

M. Rutherford b B. Elsworth 1

M. Maceira b E. Maderry 1

M. Lindores b D. Todd 7

A. Robertson b O. Byass 0

L. Skeldon ct & b A. Newtown 24

K. Singlor b C. Smith 1

R. Singlor b R. Macgregor 3

F. Skeldon run out (O. Byass) 1

Extras – 18

Total – 50 for nine wickets

B. Elsworth 2-1-7-1; A. Skelly 2-0-2-1; E. Maderry 2-0-5-1; R. Macgregor 2-1-1-1; O. Byass 3-0-15-1; D. Todd 2-1-5-1; C. Smith 2-0-3-1; C. Mulberry 2-0-4-0; K. Ross 2-1-6-0; A. Newton 0.3-0-0-1.

Tharanga leads Gala to Kelso win

Gala claimed their first win over Kelso for four years with a 45 run in the Border 2020 League at Meigle Park on Thursday night.

With both sides missing a number of first team regulars, Gala post 131 for 5 from their 20 overs, with Kelso only able to post 86 in a match which finished at 9.30pm due to a rain delay.

Gala looked to be in deep trouble when they lost Sid Siddhu, Jamie Crooks and Duncan Millar all fell to the bowling of Murray Mason to leave the home side 23 for 3.

But Dinesh Tharanga (54) and Finlay Rutherford (17) put on 81 for the fourth wicket, as Gala ended up 131 for 5.

Kelso got off to a rapid start with South African professional Joel Veeran hitting 12 off the first over.

But gradually Gala pegged back Kelso, who were 51 for 3 at the halfway stage.

Kelso always had a chance with Veeran (61) still at the crease, but when he was well judged catch by Crooks off the bowling of Simon Fairburn, it was game over.

Fairburn (2 for 16) and Tharanga (2 for 13) were the pick of the bowlers, alongside young Liam Skeldon who claimed his first wicket for Gala first XI.

Gala

S. Siddhu ct J. Veeran b M. Mason 1

D. Millar ct & b M. Mason 17

J. Crooks ct J. Veeran b M. Mason 0

D. Tharanga ct & b W. Stephens 54

F. Rutherford lbw C. Davidson 17

K. Paterson not out 11

Extras – 32

Total – 131 for five wickets

M. Mason 4-0-25-3; C. Davidson 4-0-21-1; J. Frame 4-0-29-0; J. Veeran 40-16-0; W. Stephens 4-0-35-1.

Kelso

J. Veeran ct J. Crooks b S. Fairburn 61

N. Mallen run out (S. Siddhu) 4

C. Davidson ct S. Siddhu b F. Rutherford 3

T. Chilcott lbw D. Tharanga 3

W. Stephens ct & b J Crooks 2

J. Frame lbw D. Tharanga 0

M. Mason not out 2

B. Rock ct & b S. Fairburn 0

J. Wheelans run out (F. Rutherford 0)

K. Jackson b L Skeldon 0

Extras – 11

Total – 86 for nine wickets

S. Siddhu 4-0-22-0; F. Rutherford 4-0-17-1; J. Crooks 4-0-15-1; D. Tharanga 4-1-13-2; S Fairburn 3-0-16-2; L. Skeldon 1-0-1-1.

Get behind the Over the Hill cyclists

The Over The Hill cyclists are in serious training ahead of their 100 Border Settlements fundraising challenge next month for charity the Lavender Touch.

The team – which includes cricket club members  Keith Irvine, Stevie Halls, Sinclair Paterson, Ronnie Murray and Josh Irvine – are planning to cycle 250 miles over three days, covering 100 Border settlements.

It is quite a challenge, with ages from 20s to over 70, but the team are hard in training ahead of the start of the challenge which begins on Friday 23 August until Sunday 25 August.

Please consider supporting them by donating online via the link below, or at the collection box in the Cricket Club.

They will have a specially adapted bus, which will follow as their support vehicle. It has been fitted out with bunks, a seating area and an eating/drinking area.

For further info and to donate https://www.lavendertouch.co.uk/project/over_the_hill_elite_riders/