Return to Cricket: Update

Dear Members, It had been hoped that, as from Monday 6th July, Gala CC would provide members the opportunity to use the net facilities in line with the guidance laid down by Cricket Scotland, Sport Scotland and the Scottish Government. However, a few problems remain to be solved before everything is in place and training can commence. The nets will probably be erected on Saturday 4th July but the matting surfaces have to be repaired. The latter job is weather dependent, so there may be a delay until the current unsettled spell passes and we can make progress. It is hugely exciting to be able to get back to cricket and the Committee wish to thank everyone for their patience during what has been a very trying time. We now have to make sure that everyone using Meigle Park is safe and so the club has laid down a range of rules which must be followed at all times to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Initially, the clubhouse will remain closed and the grounds will only be accessible to grounds staff and those that have booked a ‘slot’ to practice. Practice will be limited to one-hour session initially and each participant can only take part in one session per day. Senior Training (Over 16s) Sessions will be limited to three households at one time, up to a maximum of eight people. These can be booked during any of the free slots that will be posted on the Cricket Club Facebook. It is hoped that training will be available every evening from Monday to Thursday. Each session will require the presence of a Covid Monitor (details to follow) who could be a participant at the session. Junior Training (11-16 years old) The club will provide structured sessions during the day under the supervision of a qualified coach. These will be limited to participants from two households. The times available for this will be published online and can be booked through Stuart Skeldon. Coaches will act as Covid Monitors for junior sessions. No spectators will be allowed during sessions unless this is necessary for the supervision of the juniors. Family sessions Outwith the times above, the club will be available to be booked for families to be able to practice in the nets or on the outfield in line under the strict guidelines that will follow soon. We will issue further messages as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience, Mike Halls CHAIRMAN

4K in May NHS fundraiser

Over the month of May, members of Gala Cricket Club will be raising money for NHS Borders’ official charity The Difference to help with its efforts against COVID-19.

Despite the new cricket season being on hold until 1 June at least, 4K in May will see the club’s players and members aim to travel 4,000 kilometres collectively using any form of exercise such as walking, cycling and jogging.

How do I support?

Taking part and keeping a record of your steps throughout the month

Donate at http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gcc4kmay

Or both

One of the organisers, Ross Patterson, said: “The club felt it was right for us to give something back to the NHS for the work they are doing, while at same time encourage our players and members to get some exercise.

“This can take place in the home or as part of the one form of outdoor exercise allowed each day.

“It would be fantastic if others in community wanted to take part, donate a small amount or both.”

COVID-19 update

Gala Cricket Club faces an uncertain summer as the Coronavirus outbreak continues to impact on sports across the Borders.

It follows a CricketScotland ruling that no training or games in the country can be played until 1 June at earliest as a result of the government guidance to control the outbreak of the virus.

Gala had been busy training indoors for their return to the East of Scotland Championship after winning Division One in 2019.

The Meigle Park side, under new captain Duncan Millar, were due to take on Carlton 2nds on 2 May for their first game, with likes of Kelso, Freuchie and Edinburgh Accies amongst the sides Gala are due to take on in 2020.

The club had also lined up an exciting professional player/coach, and are due to launch a 2nds Saturday team for the first time in well over 20 years.

The juniors section were also training ahead of a busy schedule of fixtures across a variety of age groups. Four female cricketers – Caitlin Ormiston, Charis Scott, Maisie Maciera and Ashley Robertson – are due to represent Gala on the regional and international stage, and Robbie Paterson has been training over the winter with the Scotland Under 15s squad.

However, all plans are currently on hold due to the emergency lockdown.

Mike Halls, Gala CC chairman said: “This is a really difficult time for everyone, with the health of all the most important consideration at the moment.

“It is frustrating to have the new season put on hold but we fully support the decision by CricketScotland. It is unclear if or when the 2020 season will get underway but we will continue to keep in touch with our members and supporters via our social media pages and website throughout.

“We are aiming to get in touch with all members in the coming weeks regarding membership and hope they can continue to support the club this summer.

“We are extremely lucky to have some great local sponsors and we would ask the local community to support these firms in whatever way they can in the coming weeks and months.”

More information on the club is available at www.galacricketclub.co.uk.

Club Statement: COVID-19

Following guidance from Cricket Scotland, Gala CC has made the decision to cancel all senior and junior training until further notice.

Our ongoing fundraisers – Last Man Standing and Six Nations Forecasts – will be completed when both competitions are concluded.

We would like to thank our members and sponsors for their ongoing support, and will be in contact again in the coming weeks regarding the 2020 season.

Stay safe everyone!

Link to Cricket Scotland update: http://www.cricketscotland.com/cricket-scotland-statement-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR2BHdMrLYhJcQnRUzZ5rQ3g9BsookOBina93MYS9pr_LEpcKCSY2LebIjs

All Stars and Dynamos Cricket 2020

This years All Stars and Dynamos Cricket sign ups are now live on the ClubSpark website. All Stars Cricket continues into its 4th year at the club for 5-8 year olds, while brand new Dynamos Cricket for 8-11 year olds will run its first year!

Dynamos Cricket will commence on Thursday the 21st of May for 8 weeks from 5-6pm! Here is the sign up link: https://ecb.clubspark.uk/Dynamos/Course/01d581e9-5482-4637-b10e-c34648de9ee3

All Stars Cricket will commence on Friday the 22nd of May for 8 weeks from 5-6pm! Here is the sign up link: https://ecb.clubspark.uk/AllStars/Course/6e0e73e5-147f-43b9-b119-c7dfabe04ed8

We are looking forward to more cricket available than ever over the summer!

AGM to take place on 24 January

Gala Cricket Club’s AGM will be held on Friday 24 January at 7.45pm, upstairs in the Gala YM Clubrooms. All members invited.

A players meeting will be held at 7pm immediately before the AGM, also upstairs in YM. This is opportunity for players to find out more information from club on plans for 2020 as well as hear the commitment the club requires from the squad to make this season sustainable.

We need as many players as possible to be in attendance as it is vital to allow us to take the club forward in 2020.

Gala claim double with Border 2020 Cup win

Gala claimed their first Border 2020 Cup for five years after defeating Selkirk by 14 runs at a damp Meigle Park.

Duncan Millar capped off a run-filled summer with a fine knock of 77 as Gala made a competitive 121 for three from 15 overs after rain forced a reduced overs game.

In reply, Greg Fenton once again led the Selkirk challenge with a half century before the Souters fell short on 107 for six wickets.

Gala and Selkirk had been involved in two thrilling 2020 games this season which were both decided in the last over and this game was no different.

Millar scored his second ton of the season to help Gala seal the East Division One title the week before, and he smashed nine 4s in the final.

His partnership of 76 with Dinesh Tharanga (22) for the second wicket proved vital to leave Selkirk needing eight an over to win the cup.

And the visitors were up with the scoring rate after seven overs as they reached 56 for 2, despite having lost key batsman Rory Banks who was stumped by Millar off the bowling of Scott Evans for 9.

But when Fenton departed for a fine 52 to the bowling of Rory Hancock, Selkirk’s scoring rate slowed, leaving them needing 21 to win off the final over.

They could only manage six runs, to leave Gala to claim their second trophy of the season.

Gala

D. Millar run out 77

F. Rutherford ct I. Banks b B. Wilkinson 5

D. Tharanga run out 22

S. Siddhu not out 7

S. Evans not out 0

Extras – 10

Total – 121 for three wickets

G. Fenton 3-0-13-0; J. Reid 3-0-25-0; B. Wilkinson 3-0-28-1; D. Gardiner 3-0-22-0; R. Banks 3-0-28-0.

Selkirk

G. Fenton b R. Hancock 52

R. Banks st D. Millar b S. Evans 9

J. Reid run out 2

M. Fenton run out 5

B. Wilkinson run out 3

D. Gardiner not out 15

I. Gardiner b J. Crooks 1

D. Heard not out 1

Extras – 19

Total – 107 for six wickets

D. Moir 3-0-20-0; S. Evans 3-0-21-1; S. Paterson 3-0-20-0; D. Tharanga 3-0-27-0; R. Hancock 2-0-8-1; J. Crooks 1-0-6-1.