Losing six wickets for six runs ends Garstang hopes

Michael Walling
Michael Walling

Garstang hit off the 2013 cricket season with a testing home fixture against last years runners-up and 2011 league winners, Penwortham.

Home skipper Michael Walling won the toss and invited the away team to bat first.

Jim Procter produced a lively opening spell with Ian Walling, as openers Simon Marshall and Alex Unsworth found scoring hard.

Walling produced a superb inswinger to oust Unsworth, (6) and when Marshall, (8) slapped a wide ball to cover, Penwortham were in a spot of bother at 25-2 from 14 overs.

Experienced duo Stuart Burton and Martin Hewitt re-built the innings well and punished a few mid innings loose deliveries and upped the ante during their 23 over stay.

Walling juggled his bowlers trying to break the partnership of 95 but it came in fortunate circumstances when Burton drilled the ball back at Walling who tipped the ball onto the stumps to leave Hewitt stranded having made an impressive 54 with 8 fours and a six.

At 118-3, Burton, the rock, continued to be the base of the platform. Contributions from Martin Brierley, (12) and Andrew Tobutt, (7) helped but in a frantic final five overs where five wickets were taken and only 16 runs scored, Penwortham limped to, but still made a competitive 160-8.

Burton, (50) was one of four run outs achieved whilst the wickets went to Procter, (2-22) and Ian Walling, (2-36). New signings Matt Weller, (0-11) and Adam Senn, (0-27) were unfortunate not to collect any wickets but bowled well.

Garstang began the chase and were made to work hard for runs early on as Penwortham bowled an immaculate line and length. Michael Walling and another new signing, Zac Godfrey-Plews looked solid until both were dismissed for 10 and 8 respectively.

This was to be the start of a dramatic collapse from the home side where in six overs they lost six wickets for just six runs.

Andrew Sidgreaves, (4-18) was the star of the show, his probing bowling left Garstang without answers as the sound of velcro was overused in the changing room.

At 26-7 Garstang were shell shocked and a little embarrassed. It was left to Ian Walling and Weller though, to restore some pride and runs as the pair knuckled down. They managed to bat 22 overs, adding 71 runs but then followed each other to the pavilion as both were dismissed in successive balls by captain Wayne Maddock, (2-14).

Weller went first, having made 16 and Walling made 47 including 8 fours and a six. The game was over when evergreen Jon Roebuck, (4-24) bowled a beauty to dismiss Jim Procter, (7) leaving the home side 53 runs short at 107 all out.

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