Galloway Cricket Club returned home empty-handed following their trip to a muggy warm Torrance House on Saturday. A car breakdown meant that the start was somewhat delayed, not an ideal start to the match.
Winning the toss the home side installed the visitors on a lively strip. The two quick EKCC opening bowlers extracted pace and bounce on a tricky wicket testing the visiting batsmen….especially the dangerous Kampman. Scoring was difficult and wickets fell to good bowling and injudicious shot selection. Too many wrong shots to the wrong balls. Many batsman got in only to then get out…..the standout batsmanship came from birthday boy Somarajan.
Akhil top-scoring again with 42. An under-par score was always going to be difficult to protect.
The EKCC reply set off at an alarming rate as if the home openers had some special occasion to attend…but good bowling and good out fielding kept the home side pegged-back. The Galloway bowling tighter than of late with less profligacy with line and length…positive to observe.
Slowly set batsmen were got out as wickets fell and nervousness setting in for the home side. GCC sniffed out opportunities and we’re back in the game. Until hopes were dashed with a timely 30 run sixth wicket partnership between Kampman and Doyle….. Overall a very good bowling display with all bowlers bowling well.
No disgrace but, as often happens, the visitors were left ruing poor shot selection and application and 50 too few runs on the board.
As always our thanks to main club sponsors Galloway Lodge, the farmer who helped save us following the breakdown and the team for their undeniable efforts.
GCC 102 AO. Somarajan 42, Ullah 9, Domanic & McMenemy 7. EKCC 104-5 Osman 17, Kampman 16no, Dalgleish 12.
GCC Firsts at home next weekend to long time adversaries Victoria CC at Gatehouse Cricket Ground.