Garstang defeated in low-scoring thriller

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Garstang 65 all out

Longridge 67-8

Longridge won by two wickets

Garstang suffered a third successive home defeat in a low-scoring thriller against neighbours Longridge.

With the threat of showers and delicious bowling conditions, Ian Simpson had no hesitation in bowling first.

Simpson, together with Roger Kaye, got to work as Garstang found scoring tough. They were soon in deep trouble at 16-3 from nine overs, with home skipper Michael Walling making 14 of them.

This became 22-5, with Simpson bagging two in one over for the second time in the match. Alex Rawlinson (18) led a mini fightback, striking three boundaries, before he became Simpson’s fifth wicket with the home side now 37-6.

Matt Weller and Dave Whalley batted time, but Simpson was at it again when he ousted the latter, and at this point the players left the field to the first deluge of the game.

Returning at 50-7, Weller and Ryan Wells battled through some more overs before another rain break and an early tea. Upon return, Weller was trapped lbw by Rory McDowell for 15. Wells added a couple of lofty boundaries, but was last man out for 11, and Garstang were dismissed for just 65 inside 30 overs of 38 allocated. Simpson recorded figures of 6-34 from 13 with Kaye, (2-17) and McDowell, (2-14) ably assisting.

Despite a tight start from Ian Walling and Jim Procter, the visitors reached 20-0 before Procter struck with John Simpson (14) well held by Whalley.

Procter bagged a second before Walling got in on the act, to leave the visitors 36-4 from 22 overs.

Following another rain break, Josh Mullin presented a simple chance to gully and Neil Holden was sharply caught at slip by Allan Cook as the nerves crept in, Longridge were now 39-6.

In came skipper Simpson, who together with Vinny Wilkinson clubbed a few run. With the game on a knife edge, Garstang had to break the partnership and did so in amazing fashion with Wilkinson (9) run out with a direct hit from Procter.

Simpson and McDowell chipped away and got the target within single figures, before Walling bowled the latter. But Simpson (16no) hit the first ball of Procter’s 18th over for four to seal a thrilling win. Walling recorded 4-41 from 18 overs while Procter conceded just one boundary in 17.1 overs, collecting 3-20.

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