Cricket ladies have a field day

Galloway youngsters and ladies cricket teams

Galloway youngsters and ladies cricket teams

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Sunday saw Galloway Cricket Club ladies take part in their second indoor cricket tournament.

After the enjoyment of the first tournament at Peebles in November and a few weeks of indoor training, the girls were raring to go.

Peebles was a learning curve and they soaked up the atmosphere and learned a lot about what they needed to focus on to become more competitive in future tournaments. They came away from that and spent as much time as they could working on their batting and fielding skills.

When the team arrived at Grangemouth, all the other sides were, as always, very friendly, welcoming and supportive. The Galloway ladies couldn’t ask for a better bunch of fellow sports women.

They played their games and worked hard, and their competitive edge really began to show and fielding skills were second to none.

The best result of the tournament was losing by only six runs to the team that then went on to win the entire tournament. The local girls didn’t give any of the games away without a fight and the scores were all reasonably close.

Kate Maxwell bowled up a storm and the amazing batting combination between Kate, Natalie Hamblin, Dawn Campbell and Mary Hughes in the first game against the tournament winners really notched up the runs to bring the final score so close.

Gill Lyndsay bowled well in her first ever tournament and enjoyed every minute of it.

Kathleen Hamblin caught and bowled one of their opponents from Stirling county and Mary Hughes took a great catch from Edinburgh uni team.

Some very tight fielding kept down the opponents’ runs but a sliding save from a “four” off the back wall was particularly spectacular from the fully committed Natalie Hamblin. Very Impressive.

When the ladies arrived they found one of the teams had dropped out but, luckily for the Galloway girls, they had taken four of their juniors to support their mums and so decided, along with some of their ladies, they would field another side to fill the gap. Ginger Ramsay took first charge of the mixed juniors and ladies side and all took turns at playing alongside them. The greatest challenge was when they played each other but, of course, it was a win for Galloway.

Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable tournament and they came away with a goal of focusing on improving their bowling in time for the next tournament in Edinburgh on March 25.

The team are still very much in need of help with funding and sponsorship and would ask if anyone can help to get in touch with Mary Hughes on 07809226992 or by email to mary.m.gavin@btopenworld.com.

They are also very keen to expand membership for the coming outdoor season and are in need of some more keen lady players. If you are interested and fancy trying something new and fun, get in touch with Mary. They are a friendly bunch and would love to have you – and no previous cricket experience is necessary.