Kilmarnock 224 for 9 beat Galloway 121 all out by 103 runs.
By Steven Mckay
Kilmarnock back on the road
Kilmarnock welcomed Galloway to Scott Ellis on Saturday on another sunny day. The weather has been extremely kind to us recently, which allowed the groundsmen to prepare a cracking wicket for the occasion.
There was no surprise when Niamat won the toss and decided to have a bat, hoping to put the last couple of weeks’ performances behind us. Kilmarnock got off to a great start, racing to 50 for no loss before Shakeel (20 not) had to retire after being struck on the hand. The first wicket to fall was Abid, who made 25 before skying one and being well caught in the covers. A mix up saw Munir being run our cheaply, before Kilmarnock rebuild and made it to drinks on 120/3.
After the break Azhar fell for a well made 37, and a mini collapse saw the Kilmarnock innings falter once again. Cue a Jim Hill (36) revival for the second week in a row, as he batted sensibly with Tariq to get the total up to a very respectable 224/9 from the 50 overs. This was a total that at one point looked very under par, but with the recovery being made on a deteriorating track, Kilmarnock were in the driving seat.
The pick of the Galloway bowlers were R Lamb (2 for 4) and S Carr (2 for 48). Galloway were also good in the field, holding some excellent catches. T McGrath also bowled with excellent pace and accuracy, but went wicketless on the day.
Kilmarnock have arguably one of the better bowling attacks in the league and were particularly strong in this department today.
Tom McFadzean was once again in great form with the new ball, picking up another early wicket and keeping the run rate down. Beating the edge with regularity, and a battle between bat and ball with Galloway batsmen Druce was particularly good to watch.
With the total not progressing, and the run rate increasing, Galloway started to take some chances. Alex Gibson was to capitalise on this on his way to a maiden five wicket hall. He bowled an excellent 8 over spell, getting the ball to talk and not being put off by the odd aggressive shot to the boundary. His movement and control with the ball saw him break the back of the Galloway chase with 4 wickets, including that of opener M Williams for a composed 23.
McFadzean came back into the attack and picked up a couple more wickets and influenced a run out to end up with 3 for 17 from his ten overs. However, he could not grab the final wicket and fittingly Gibson came back on and picked it up with the first ball of his ninth over. The wicket of T McGrath for 29 saw Galloway all out for 121, giving Kilmarnock a 103 run win.
A great game, played in a great spirit against two teams that have built a strong cricketing friendship over the years. Kilmarnock would like to wish Fraser Conn luck playing cricket down in Carlisle. He will be missed by Galloway and the opposition he played against.
Man of the match: Alex Gibson for his maiden five wicket hall and 8 not out to see the 50 overs being batted out.