Keeper makes his Mark with 82 n.o.

Mark Winstanley scored 77* in Garstang's defeat of Torrisholme
Mark Winstanley scored 77* in Garstang's defeat of Torrisholme

Garstang 177-3 declared

Torrisholme 128-9

Garstang win by 49 runs

After a showery morning, Garstang travelled to Boundary Meadow to take on Torrisholme looking for a hat-trick of league victories.

With uncertain weather, home skipper Matt Jackson won the toss and invited Garstang to bat first. They made steady progress until an expansive cover drive from Curtis Morris (4) led to the timbers being dislodged.

Mark Winstanley joined Michael Walling with the latter enjoying some early clean hits. With the field spread and Walling having reached 31, he could not believe his luck as he powered the ball back at pace bowler Alex Bradbury where the ball stuck in his hands.

Allan Cook was next in and he and Winstanley negotiated the score to 75-2 at drinks. However, with the old cliché of “drinks bring wickets”, Cook became one of those statistics when he picked out deep midwicket and off he went for 14.

At 75-3, Adam Senn joined Winstanley and the duo powered on with some excellent running and punishment of the bad ball. At 114-3 the rain came and after a second stoppage tea was taken and a 39-over game resumed.

The Garstang duo 
propelled the score up to 
177-3 with two overs to go.

At this point Walling had seen enough and decided to gain maximum bowling time at the home side to try to bowl them out, so he called the batsmen in.

Wicketkeeper Winstanley finished with a career-best 82 not out while Senn contributed 32 not out. Bradbury was the pick of the bowlers, returning 2-47 from his 10 with Billy Akrigg, (1-33) the other wicket taker.

Torrisholme got off to a nightmare start when Andy Miller, (5) was caught at gully by Andrew Norris off Jim Procter who also accounted for Akrigg, (10).

Andy Butler and Karl Hansson continued playing and missing as Garstang were made to wait for wickets. Procter claimed his third when Hansson, (7) lost patience as was caught by Chris Gill to leave the home side 30-3.

With the game going stale at 46-3 from 22 overs, Walling shuffled his bowlers in an attempt to take wickets with overs ticking by. Senn (1-23) was brought on and he ousted Butler (19).

Back came Ian Walling for another hostile spell where he hit the batsmen with ease, producing a fast spell of bowling. He cleaned up Paul McKevitt (2) and when Gill (1-8) saw off Adam Bee (19) the wickets began to tumble.

After a decent spell with the ball, Bradbury though, was to show his class with the bat too. He added some positivity into the innings as his teammates fell around him. Procter came back to claim his fourth wicket and when Ian Walling ousted Neil Jordan, Garstang had two final wickets to get.

Jackson came and went but credit belonged to Bradbury who valiantly saw the innings to a close with 46 not out and denied Garstang their final point.

Procter (4-28) and Walling (3-59) were once again the fantastic spearhead of the attack, bowling the majority of the overs in a 49-run victory for Garstang.

Garstang vs Daisy Hill

Abandoned (rain): Garstang win 2-1 on a bowl out.

Prolonged rain ensured a miserable trip for Bolton League’s Daisy Hill who exited the Lancashire Cup.

After much waiting around, the tie went to a bowl-out.

In wet, slippy conditions, Garstang edged out winners with hits from Michael Walling and Andy Booker to progress to the next round.