League begins for cricketers

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Helensburgh were the visitors to the Gatehouse of Fleet cricket ground last Saturday as Galloway’s league season finally got underway.

On a breezy yet thankfully dry day home skipper Fraser Conn won the toss and elected to field first. He and Ben Flack opened the bowling on a slow damp wicket, Flack achieved the breakthrough having one of the openers out, leg before.

However, his partner Gilliat took a liking to Flack’s bowling, striking him for three successive boundaries. It has to be said he rode his luck being dropped four times and along with his partner visiting skipper Duncan Stephens who was also dropped twice.

Steadily, the visitors started to build a solid platform. Gilliat passed 50 at which point he was trapped leg before by Bradley. It didn’t seem to stop the flow of runs though and although Paul Lindsay took two wickets and James Wilson three, by this time the visitors were approaching 200 and eventually their innings closed on 208 for nine with Wilson being the pick of the bowlers. Gilliat top scored with 58. Jerry Teale took two catches at cover and Leon Stannus one at point.

In reply, Penrose and Bradley opened for the home side and made a solid enough start with Bradley being the first to depart leg before.

Helensburgh’s Sri Lankan bowler went on to take four of the home side wickets, including Penrose leg before, and home skipper Conn bowled. Conn was top scorer for Galloway with 36. He and James Wilson added 52 for the third wicket, but when Conn departed any lingering hopes of a comeback evaporated. Luke Leslie batted well but no-one else troubled the scorers much as Galloway subsided to 110 all out. The home side’s cause hasn’t been helped by the “no show” of overseas player Anton Vosloo. It looks like being a difficult season for the locals.

This Saturday they travel to Irvine.

The midweek league finally got under way with a game against Annan at Castle Douglas High School last week. In a tight game the visitors ran out victors by 10 runs. A change to the rules caught the home side out and they struggled afterwards to get their innings going. Chris Foster and David Smith both batted well but failed to get support from the rest of the lads as the home sides innings ran out of steam.

It was, however, a very enjoyable game.