Galloway Cricketers

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Results have not exactly gone Galloway’s way this season so far with two defeats in their completed games and the third was washed out after 35 overs at Irvine last weekend.

Galloway’s first game was against local rivals St Michael’s who elected to bat first on their newly relaid track. Druce soon struck having the St Mic’s Kiwi “pro” leg before much to his disssapointment as he appeared to get an inside edge, however, this brought together Kingholm stalwarts Duncan Muir and Derek Heron who put on well over a hundred to take the game away from Galloway at a very early stage.

Heron went on to make 125 not out, a fine innings, and although Muir perished with his score in the 60’s his too was a fine effort and helped the home side reach a very respectable 240 for four.

galloway were soon in trouble with their reply, Bradley was clean bowled sixth ball by the very promising young Kiwi Larsen (son of the former internationalist Glen Larsen) and he went on to claim another four wickets as Galloway finished on 94 all out. Only Pat Druce and debutant for the visitors, Graham Cross, really offered much resistance as the home side ran out easy winners.

The following week the locals travelled to Irvine. Upon winning the toss they sent the visitors in and claimed early wickets through Fraser Conn and Pat Druce and at the half way stage were well in the game with the home side at 95 for four, however, an assault on the bowling by Sunny soon had the home side taking the initiative and it was with some relief that the visitors packed thier bags and headed for home as the rain came down at 4pm and continued for the rest of the day.

Last Saturday Galloway travelled to Helenburgh (the longest journey in the whole league!) on what was a cold and blustery day. Bowling first, Galloway soon made inroads with a fine catch from Dean Penrose helping to get Galloway off to a good start, F Conn being the bowler. Once again though the visitors had a hitter in Sawyer and he blasted the ball to all parts of the ground to put the home side in a far healthier position. Two wickets in an over presaged a mini collapse and put Galloway back in the game but a succession of dropped catches, eight in all, meant that the chance to win this game slipped (literally) through their hands as the Helensborough innings closed on 224 all out off their 50 overs.

Skipper Druce sent Stannus and Chambers out to open, Stannus batted well in a defensive fashion but took 30 overs to amass just ten runs which left the middle and lower order with a fair bit of accelerating to do. Sadly for the visitors wickets fell regularly and only Druce, Bradley and Cross made much impression although Hugh St Joseph batted well at the end. Galloway were all out for 126, losing by 98 runs. It has to be said that eight dropped catches at any level is going to lose you the game. The less said about it the better, the culprits know who they are and need to improve.

This saturday Glasgow University staff are the visitors to the Gatehouse of Fleet cricket ground.

The midweek team have played twice losing both times. The loss of Dave Berry (retired) and Chris Foster (moved to St Mics) has had somthing of an impact but it has given the youngsters a chamnce to fill the void and both Glen Montgomery and Robert Ramsey have performed well in both games so far.

In the first game against the Shipwrecks, Galloway were all out for 44, that being said their was a minor panic in the ‘wrecks fraternity as they were five down still needing ten but the achieved their goal without further trouble.

In the second game against Irving Meadow they managed to restrict the visitors to just over 80 and looked on course at one point to cause an upset but a run out involving James Wilson and Alyn Chambers finally ended Galloway’s challenge and they lost by 20 runs.

The under 12’s had a narrow victory against Dumfries last Friday winning off the last ball of the match, James Richardson from Dalbeattie being the hero....all had been going well but a mid innings collapse which saw three run outs in quick succession and a sweaty palm last couple of overs saw Galloway scramble home, much to the dissapointment of the home youngsters who are yet to really taste victory against the Galloway lads. Joseph Strain bowled well as did Robert Ramsey both taking two for nine. Harry Campbell held the innings together with a fine 19.

Anyone interested in a game for us please contact Pat Druce (0788 158 5431) or Howard Bradley (07950 545993). We play Saturdays in the Western Union (two teams) and Wednesdays in the 20 over Dumfries League....we would be particularly interested in any one living or staying locally who may originate from South Africa, Australia or New Zealand.

C’mon lads where are you , we need you.

There will be a fund raiser for the Galloway Cricket Club this (Sunday May 22) from 2 to 5pm at Dromineen curtesy of Dennis and Mary Coombs.

Dromineen stands high above Gatehouse of Fleet with lovely views of the Fleet Valley and surrounding hills. The stony, woodland site is home to a beautiful collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, berberis and heathers together with many handsome trees and other shrubs, all of which can be viewed from meandering woodland paths. The mill lade runs through the property and feeds two attractive waterfalls and a small pond.

The match secretary, Howard Bradley, is always seeking new players and anyone interested is asked to ring him on 07950545993.

Whatever the weather, come and enjoy the garden and treat yourself to tea with home-made cakes.