Cricket

Glasgow University Staff 122 all out (Waquar 51, Bradley 5 for 15). Galloway Cricket Club 123 for 5 (Cross 22, Druce 20, Orr 18 not out).

It’s true that there hasn’t been a lot to write home about for Galloway this season.

The non-arrival of both their overseas players handicapped them from the start and, along with cancellations due to the weather of all their home games against their nearest rivals, things can’t be said to have gone their way.

Debacles against GHK (32 all out) and Kilmarnock (42 all out) didn’t help either and so Galloway were bottom of the newly-formed Western Union Premiership at the start of play last Saturday.

It has to be said that the team have performed well in the field, often restricting the opposition to achievable targets, only for the batting to collapse like a pack of cards.

So with no victories under their belt, the team travelled to Glasgow on Saturday to take on Glasgow University staff.

On what was, for once, a beautiful day, visiting skipper Druce won the toss and asked the home team to bat first.

The skipper was soon in amongst the wickets as Copeland was adjudged leg before off the fourth ball of the day. Bell and Clarice rebuilt for the homesters before Ant Hulatt claimed two quick wickets, one of them a sharp stumping by Graham Cross.

Hulatt struggled, however, and was replaced by Bradley who soon had Bell on his way back, leg before for 16. He then dismissed Imitin two balls later clean bowled. Waquar was the danger man for the home team and he continued to strike the ball to the boundary at every available opportunity, reaching a well-made half century before he to perished caught and bowled Bradley for 51.

Tom Crozier showed promise on his first-team debut and was unlucky not to come away with a wicket. But Bradley claimed another two quick wickets to finish with five for 15 off his ten overs.

Druce and Gorman finished things off, the former bowling Sabir and Gorman accounting for Siri, which left the home side on 122 all out off 39 overs.

Bradley and Cross opened the reply for Galloway, Bradley first to depart, clean bowled for eight. Pat Druce then joined forces with Graham Cross and the two went along swimmingly until a mix up led to Druce being run out for 20 with the score on 59. Wickets then began to fall at an interval of ten runs which left the visitors biting their nails and, at 92 for five, the game hung in the balance.

However, a stand of 31 between Will Gormwn and Craig Orr saw the visitors home without further alarm to record their first win of the campaign by five wickets.

This Saturday, the firsts are away to Glasgow Accies, the seconds are at home and, on Sunday, Dalton are the visitors to the Gatehouse of Fleet cricket ground.

The midweek team have seen a slump in their form, now going four games without a win. But they had a convincing victory against St Mics last Friday, winning by 70 runs.

Lochlan Spence and Harry Campbell were amongst the runs and Joseph Strain was the main wicket-taker for the locals.