Galloway cricketers bounce back

Galloway got an early win on the board against Nunholm on Saturday to give their new season a lift after a crushing defeat to Irvine the week before.

The previous week’s encounter had been a one-sided affair with Irvine fielding a strong side. With a backbone of talented Asian players making up the bulk of their team, Galloway tumbled to a 200-plus defeat.

Last Saturday, however, was a different story as two evenly matched teams played out a close game in a tremendous atmosphere and, eventually, sunny conditions.

On winning the toss, visiting skipper Davie Davidson elected to field first. Due to the damp conditions, the game was played on Galloway’s new artificial pitch. Anton Vosloo and Will Gorman soon had the scoreboard moving along nicely as Vosloo wasted no time and was soon despatching the ball to the boundry.

However, while trying to flick a leg side full toss to the midwicket boundary, he got a leading edge and was caught and bowled for 18.

Gorman added a dozen before being caught behind for 12. Bradley, batting at three, hardly troubled the scorers as he departed caught behind for one.

Captain Fraser Conn and Kev Bellis then set about rebuilding the innings, with Conn taking the attack to the visitors, hitting some fine lofted straight drives to the boundary.

Bellis departed for six, caught at square leg by Newport off F Strachan and, with the next two batsmen, Smith and Brown, both failing to really get going a total of not much more than 100 seemed in the offing.

Conn finally departed for 44, run out going for a second run, a fine throw from S Alexander being just a bit too good for him. Pete Haslam and Willie Martin then put on close to 30 runs which in the context of a lowish scoring game proved pivotal.

Haslam made 19 not out and Martin eight as they guided the team to 142 for eight off their alloted 35 overs.

In reply, the Dumfries team made a solid start with Johnson and Davidson providing the basis – that was until Vosloo’s inswinging yorker scattered Johnson’s stumps. C McBride showed a good defensive technique but found it hard to score many runs, especiallly as Gorman’s bowling was tight. He finally departed to the same man, bowled for two.

Potts and Brotherson then added 25 before Bradley claimed the wickets of both batsmen to swing the game back in Galloway’s favour. That said, the Dumfries team were never out of the hunt right up to the last two overs when Conn dismissed Strachan and Newport in the space of three balls, one to a superb diving catch from Bellis, with David Smith taking the winning catch off the bowling of Vosloo in the final over as Nunholm fell 10 runs short.

This Saturday, Miekleriggs are the visitors to the Gatehouse of Fleet cricket ground for a 40-over Western Cup game.

Coaching at the ground continues on Monday nights (family and women’s night), Wednesday juniors (4pm) and women, and Fridays for seniors and juniors. An eight-a-side league is to start mid May. Anyone interested in playing for the club at weekends or interested in just coming down for a try, contact Howard Bradley 07950 545993.