Garstang back on top

Gareth Jennings takes 3 key wickets for 24 in Garstang's Cricket Club rain-affected defeat of BAC/EE Preston.  Picture: Sir Robert Atkins, please attribute if used
Gareth Jennings takes 3 key wickets for 24 in Garstang's Cricket Club rain-affected defeat of BAC/EE Preston. Picture: Sir Robert Atkins, please attribute if used

Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division

Garstang.......................87/9

BAC/EE Preston...........81-7

Garstang rose back to the top of the Palace Shield Premier League after a determined display of mopping up and then some disciplined bowling and sharp fielding which followed a shy batting performance.

With the second and third team matches postponed, a real “club” effort followed to ensure a twenty over game was possible, such was the rain which fell.

In bowling friendly conditions, visiting skipper Tom Wilcock had little hesitation in asking Garstang to bat first. Being twenty20 specialists, this game should of suited the home side but instead they were reduced to 22-3 inside four overs with Adam Senn scoring 14 of these.

The scoring remained constant but wickets kept tumbling with Danny Wilcock and Thomas Wilson mixing their pace well. The stickiness of the pitch saw three caught and bowled dismissals of which Ian Walling, (19) was one to now leave Garstang 55-6 from 12.

It needed a mature knock from Andrew Fletcher, (30 not out) to propel the score to 87-9 from 20 overs. Wilcock, (5-49) and Wilson, (4-35) bowled unchanged throughout.

Garstang knew that they had the attack to restrict the visitors scoring and so it proved. Although two of the opening three wickets came by way of run out with some high quality fielding. At 13-3 from 6 overs, Jonny Hothersall hit 35 from 33 balls but the innings of skipper Wilcock, (23 from 45 balls) forced Hothersall into one big shot too many. Although now 59-4 from 14, Garstang’s bowling and fielding was too good for BAC who fell short by just six runs to send the large Garstang crowd jubilant.

Gareth Jennings, (3-24) was the main man but all three of Garstang bowlers deserve the special mention with Ian Walling, (1-36) and spinner Senn, (1-20) being well supported in the field too.

Garstang: Michael Walling (captain), Allan Cook, Adam Senn, Ian Walling, Gary Fawcett, Andrew Fletcher, Mark Winstanley, Jonathon Thompson (w/k), Tyler Ibbotson, Gareth Jennings, Will Procter.

Man of the Match: Gareth Jennings