Garstang lst X1 – 107
Freckleton 1st X1 – 108-2
Freckleton won by eight wickets
Garstang’s poor form continued with defeat against an in-form, and recent Meyler Cup winning side, Freckleton.
Michael Walling won the toss and hoped that the sunshine would arrive and make batting ideal. However, this did not arrive and instead, Freckleton openers Josh Holden and Dan Fisher enjoyed bowler friendly conditions.
After seven overs, Garstang were 27-2 with Allan Cook (4) and Mark Winstanley (1) both caught behind by James Whitehead off the impressive Holden.
Walling and Jonathan Thompson added 15 before the latter fell for just two and when the visitors got the prize wicket of Walling, (33), Garstang had slumped to 44-4 from 18 overs.
Alex Rawlinson and Ian Walling added 25 before Rawlinson was caught behind for 13.
Walling decided to attack, hitting two lusty sixes off Andrew Hogarth. But Andrew’s brother didn’t like it, and he accounted for Walling next over, lbw for 17 and when Andrew ousted Andrew Norris, (3), Garstang had stumbled to 82-7.
Tyler Ibbotson and Alex Kershaw led the recovery, but once again a wicket fell with Ibbotson, (7) frustratingly run out.
Kershaw, (10) was cleaned up by Jonathan Millward in the next over and Andy Booker edged behind first ball to leave Garstang with a paltry 107.
Garstang were pepped up in the very first over with the key wicket of Eamonn Hernon (0), safely caught by Norris off the bowling of Ian Walling (1-47).
But Edward Fiddler and Andrew Hogarth built a brutal partnership to take the sting out of Garstang.
None of the five bowlers settled as Fiddler looked set for a maiden half century until veteran Booker (1-18) ousted the teenager for 46, leaving the visitors 88-2.
Hogarth finished the job in style, reaching a deserved fifty and seeing his team over the line in just 23 overs. Hogarth was 54 not out and Holden 8 not out as 3rd placed Freckleton comprehensively beat the home side. Match Day Sponsor – B & S Textiles