Galloway cricket ladies make history

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Galloway Cricket Club ladies have made history by being the first ladies team ever to play at Galloway.

After a winter of training and with a few indoor tournaments under their belts, including a couple of wins, GCC ladies took to the turf for the first time. They had a Scottish league match at home against Ayr.

Galloway lost the toss and opened the batting in the sweltering heat, with Dawn Campbell facing the first ball, batting along with Agnes Strycharz. The pair fared well together and put on quite a few runs until Dawn was bowled in the fifth over. Agnes continued to knock out twos and fours alongside Natalie Hamblin, who came in at three, before falling victim to Margaret Flynn, the Ayrshire bowler.

Next to bat at was captain Mary Hughes. Natalie and Mary did well together and had a very productive partnership, Natalie knocking out six fours and the pair running many twos. The partnership ended after almost 10 overs when Mary was bowled by Ayrshire captain Gill Mcelnea. Natalie went on to bat to the end of the innings with, first Ginger Ramsay and then Pony Ramsay supporting her for the rest of the 20 overs all the way to a personal knock of 49.

Everyone was ready for a well earned break and tea was greatfully received.

The sun was belting down and everyone was roasting, especially Galloway’s top bowler Natalie, who was on fire and took four wickets, clean bowling all. The wickets were falling fast as Mary clean-bowled Ayrshire’s Margaret. Ginger came out of her wicket-keeping gloves to bowl for one over and produced a hit wicket by substitute keeper Gill Lindsay.

The last two batters were not easy to beat as the heat started to get the better of the Galloway ladies bowling. Skipper Mary decided to bring on the Pony for a change of pace, Pony saddled up and caught and bowled the last batswoman on her first ball.

A special mention is deserved for Galloway’s youngest and newest recruits at only 12 and 11 years old respectively, Tegan Line and Jazmin Cain, for sharing the fielding between them and doing a sterling job stopping the balls going for four at fine leg. Well done, girls.

The Galloway girls finally posted 129 for four in their 20 overs, the opposition only managing 59 all out. It was a fantastic win by 70 runs for the Galloway ladies on their very first match and the girls are all looking forward to more games to come.

Thanks to all the girls for their dedication and hard work coming to training week after week. They have done the club proud.

They are always looking for more ladies to join the squad and would be more than happy for new recruits. And no previous experience is necessary. Go along for fun, social and fitness. Anyone interested in finding out more, contact Mary Hughes on 07809226992.

They club is also looking for more junior players, girls and boys, and also men, so please get in touch with either Mary or Howie Bradley on 07950545993.