Galloway Cricket Club hosted visitors Milngavie to their ground on a warm but overcast day a chastening game for Galloway ensued.
The game was held up for a long time as medical treatment was required to attend to badly struck GCC skipper and opening bowler Ross Lamb.
Hospital treatment the only option – this after he and the towering presence of Pat Druce had added well over 100 runs in their partnership to rebuild the stuttering Galloway innings. Ross looked in fine fettle at the crease to reach 46no before unluckily and sadly top-edging onto his face – leading to the necessary medical time-out.
After the injury break Akhil joined Druce and added quietly to the score before Akhil departed clean bowled. This brought Dominic to the middle to smash his way to a quick fire 20 before being out caught.
Further rebuilding between the assured Druce and McMenemy (P) carried the score beyond 200 before Druce played on for 74 to Lawrence – another splendid knock, a knock which really ought have proved to be a decisive match-winning one.
Sufyan then joined stand-in skipper McMenemy where they increased the score at a good rate to enable them to nudge up to the final tally of 252-9 from their allotted fifty overs.
An understandably rather subdued tea break left players and spectators considering how the hospital visit for their skipper was progressing – also another medical emergency meant the departure of another player to where he was needed.
This meant that 12th man duties were required by young Logan Thorburn who performed really well in the field.
The target of 253 seemed a rather daunting one for the visitors – perhaps this meant that the Galloway players focus was elsewhere as they delivered a poor performance in the field.
The season long misery of dropped catches, missed opportunities and wayward, costly wides helped the visitors.
However, notwithstanding the Galloway profligacy, a magnificent unbeaten century by the visitors opener Salaria coupled with some doughty partnerships edged Milgarvie closer as the gloomy evening, and the midges, descended. Meaning the visitors reached their target in 45 overs.
A blow to the home side – where only Lamb A and the evergreen Druce bowled with any degree of control and consistency. Work to be done.
However our thoughts remain with Skipper Lamb at this time.
Galloway innings – 252-9 off fifty over.
Druce 74. Lamb R. 46no retired hurt. McMenemy (P) 22. Dominic 20
Milngavie innings 255 – 6 of 45.5 overs.
Salaria 116 no. N Kumar 23. C Sindal 20
Druce 2-32. McMenemy A 2-41.
Next up for the Firsts away to Partick at the weekend.