Close encounter between neighbours

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Garstang 160-7

Longridge 134-7

Match abandoned due to rain

The battle of neighbours Garstang and Longridge was eventually won by the rain as Garstang were probably denied another victory.

Home skipper Ian Simpson won the toss and invited Garstang to bat first amidst overcast conditions.

Michael Walling and Curtis Morris battled well against opening bowlers Paul Holden and Rory McDowell who bowled tight lines.

Morris dominated the partnership but ran out of patience and hit Holden (1-42) straight to cover. Mark Winstanley (2) soon followed, adjudged caught behind off McDowell, leaving the visitors 40-2.

From here Walling and Zac Godfrey-Plews built a solid partnership. The left handed duo added a well fought 72 before Walling fell to change bowler Simpson having made exactly 50.

Allan Cook and Godfrey-Plews took the score to 139 before some sharp reactions from Neil Holden saw Cook dismissed for 10. This led to a flurry of wickets as Ian Walling, Alex Rawlinson and Alex Kershaw were all soon back in the hut leaving Garstang 146-7.

But Godfrey-Plews carried his bat and together with Andrew Norris, (7 not out) took Garstang to a respectable 160-7 from their 45 overs.

Simpson was the pick of the bowlers with his pace producing 3-31 with Neil Holden adding 2-10 from his three overs. Paul Holden, (1-42) and McDowell, (1-50) bowling some decent early overs.

In reply, the home side lost key batsman Danny Wilkinson Jnr (0) in the very first over with Ian Walling demolishing the stumps. And just 8 overs later, Walling was rattling the stumps of Paul Holden (6) as the home side slipped to 12-2.

Luke Platt came in at number four and showed a positive intent, trying to hit Walling and Jim Procter off their mark. His style worked, as together with Neil Holden, the pair added a solid 47 run partnership. Walling again ended this with Holden (16) dragging onto his stumps. He was soon followed by James Fairclough who was trapped lbw by Michael Walling to leave Longridge stuck at 60-4.

Max Nelson and Platt plodded on before the rain came after 25 overs with the home side 75-4. After a wait, this eased off and play resumed at 7.10pm with 14 overs minimum to bowl. Tyler Ibbotson was introduced and immediately collected the key wicket of Platt, for an impressive 43.

This perhaps ended Longridge’s chance of any chase, and so Kyle Helm battened down the hatches in a bid to draw the game. It was now a matter of whether Garstang could take the remaining five wickets to earn victory.

Procter ousted Nelson (10) and when Simpson (8) was bowled by Ian Walling there was just three to go.

Resolute Helm (21 not out) was accompanied by Vinny Wilkinson (10 not out) as the duo batted until the 8pm cut-off with only four overs remaining and both teams getting 6 points each. Ian Walling (4-53) was well supported with all the other bowlers taking a wicket a piece, Procter (1-34), Michael Walling (1-8), and Ibbotson (1-23).

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