Galloway CC, who are sponsored by Galloway Lodge, hosted Glasgow-based Victoria at Gatehouse Cricket Ground on a warm, muggy, oppressive day – and despite dominating for periods were again unable to turn opportunity into victory. A frustrating story of the season.
In a match sponsored by US Historic Newspapers Galloway skipper Ross Lamb won the toss and elected to bowl first on a warm but muggy and overcast late morning – the mugginess soon evaporated to leave a hot day.
Batting first the visitors stuttered in their early innings but a partnership of near fifty between the fortunate Gafoor and Sadiq settled their ship. The introduction to the bowling attack of pacey Anup Domanic turned the match in the favour of the home side – his wonderful spell of 5 for 21 and his hand in two run outs really ought have swung the match in the home sides favour. Good late order batting and loose bowling meant that the visitors perhaps scored fifty or so more runs than was expected. With the last two wickets adding a punishing 60 runs…………..
Pick of the bowling – Sudhi 0-30 from 10 overs, Lamb (R) 1-17 from 10, Domanic 5-21 from 10, the returning Bradley 1-21 from 6.
Victoria CC 190-9 off fifty
Following tea’s and a further increase in temperature the Galloway CC innings commenced.
An opening stand, a fine opening partnership, between Firsts debutant Kieran Scarffe and Stevie Carr blossomed scoring well on a great track before in rather controversial circumstances Carr was adjudged run-out by one of the umpires. Carr was unsure as were watching spectators.
The serene start was not to be continued as Galloway batsman came and went selecting a variety of means of ‘getting out’. A good partnership between, again, the watchful Scarffe and McMenemy (A) pushed the Galloway total into three figures chasing 191 to win – but it was not to be as the Galloway innings closed being all out 133 and fifty odd runs short.
Profligacy with the ball – and the last wicket partnership – being the major difference between the two pretty evenly matched sides.
Plaudits to Domanic for his bowling and to Scarffe, Carr and McMenemy (A) with the bat.
There are lots of positives to take from this defeat – and I feel sure that given a fair wind, some good fortune and more diligent batting then GCC will turn the corner.
The US Historic Newspapers man of the match was awarded to Anup Domanic for his fine bowling.
Our thanks to them for the Match sponsorship and to the club support from Galloway Lodge.
next game home to Titwood next Saturday 1st July 2023