Last saturday the Galloway cricket team travelled to Kilmarnock
On what turned out to be a warm and sunny day the home side won the toss and elected to bat first. Galloway skipper Fraser Conn and Kevin Bellis opened the bowling and although they asked the odd question of the home batsmen it wasn’t until the introduction of Bradley that the first wicket fell having McFadyen caught at extra cover by Jerry Teale for 32, that was the high point for Howie’s bowling as he was carted all round the ground after that. As with the previous visit earlier in the season, a lack of experience behind the stumps and dropped catches proved costly as the home batsmen made hay in the sunshine. Young Azeem yet again posted a fine 100 with his partner Jawad running amok as the ball dissapeared to all parts of the ground and quite often completely out of it altogether! Glen Montgomery and Fraser Conn both claimed late wiclets as the home sides score passed 400 for the second time this year finishing on 450 for five Jawad remained unbeaten on 227 as Galloway contemplated a run chase of gargantuan proportions.
Regular openers H Bradley and D Penrose starred Galloways reply with Bradley soon into the swing of things striking two fours in quick succsession. Penrose departed first a little unluckily as he “played on “ the ball literally rolling on to the stumps. Leon Stannus joined Bradley and batted for 23 overs before Stannus was finally dismissed for six, the pair added 62 together. Conn joined the fray but playing back when he should have come forward, he was bowled through “the gate” by Pasha. Bradley by this time had passed 50. Jerry Teale failed to trouble the scorers unluckily adjudged leg before and Glen Montgomery soon followed well caught by Saleem at short cover off Alam who also accounted for Kevin Bellis in the same manner, Willie Martin however took a liking to his bowling repetedly launching him through the leg side and inspiring Howie to keep going at the other end. Needing six off the last two balls of the day to complete a well deserved century Bradley struck. The first through extra cover for four and the next to the backward square leg boundry much to the delight of the away support. He finished unbeaten on 102 having “carried” his bat for the full 50 overs as Galloway’s innings closed on 193 for six. That was the highlight of a tough day for the visitors, who never the less, battled hard the whole day through.
On Sunday a young St Mic’s team were the visitors at Gatehouse for a friendly fixture. Being given the choice, the visitors chose to bat first and toiled against accurate bowling from Conn and Ryman. Glen Mongomery proved to be the pick of the home bowlers as he dissmissed St Mic’s best batsmen with some testing deliveries. Keith Hamblin taking a good catch in the process. Young Tom Mein took his first wicket aided by another catch this time by Conn, as the home sides innings closed on 97 all out.
In reply, Galloway were soon in trouble at 11 for three but an unbroken 86 run stand for the fourth wicket between Ben Flack and John King saw the home side home without further ado, an enjoyable days cricket.
This Saturday Galloway travel to Dumfries to play St Michael’s and on Sunday they are back in the town for a friendly against Dumfries at Nunholm.