Professional display leads to opening win

Garstang beat Fylde with Michael Walling top scoring with 46 and taking 4-21
Garstang beat Fylde with Michael Walling top scoring with 46 and taking 4-21

Fylde 135-8

Garstang 139-5

Garstang registered their first win of the 2013 campaign with a professional display against Fylde.

Winning the toss, home captain Dave Crawforth elected to bat. Ian Walling and Jim Procter were on the money straight away and after just seven overs, Fylde had only gained five runs with Walling picking up the prize wicket of Mike Watkinson, who failed to trouble the scorers.

Crawforth and Keith Moore survived the new ball duo and plodded on to 50-1. The introduction of Michael Walling proved to be the pivotal point as his canny slow bowling produced a sensational spell.

He ousted Crawforth (28), and two overs later removed Paul Willis, (4), both lbw. Moore continued though, albeit not scoring too quickly. He was joined by veteran Darren McKenzie who rode his luck against a confident Walling.

Moore, (21) was next to go after some fast leg side stumping work from wicketkeeper Mark Winstanley. Andrew Sullivan, (1) played all around a straight one as Walling bagged his fourth.

Reeling at 80-5, handy cricketer Daniel Smith joined McKenzie and showed his quality with a positive knock to add some momentum.

Skipper Walling turned to last week’s second team hero, Andy Booker, who broke the partnership, removing McKenzie for 23. Ian Walling, (2-29) returned to clean up Robin Kilner (4), and Booker, (2-13) picked up his second wicket when he bowled Chris Camm.

Smith clubbed a few late blows in an entertaining 36 not out to take Fylde to a modest 135-8 from their 45 overs. Walling the pick of the Garstang bowlers with his eleven overs producing 4-21 whilst Jim Procter, (0-31) and Matt Weller, (0-28) were unlucky to be wicket less.

The visitors’ reply was making steady progress, reaching 18 without loss before Chris Camm (1-19), trapped Andrew Norris lbw without troubling the scorers.

Winstanley joined Michael Walling and the pair progressed the innings nicely. They added 56 for the second wicket before the introduction of Andrew Sheffield (1-25), took Walling by surprise and he gifted square leg an easy catch as he departed for a well made 44.

Allan Cook joined Winstanley but the latter too was tamely dismissed, caught and bowled by McKenzie for 26.

Cook and Phil Miller played some eye-catching strokes. One shot too many though saw Miller depart for 17 with McKenize, (2-30) the man to collect the wicket.

Cook became the fourth player to chuck his wicket away, again playing one too many big shots as he was caught having made 28.

With a tense 16 runs to win, first team debutant Curtis Morris, (12 not out) showed composure to seal the victory with a six, then a four as Garstang won by five wickets. Smith, (1-30) was the pick of the home attack that otherwise had little to trouble Garstang. Match Ball Sponsor – Garstang Timber & Plywood

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Garstang played their first round tie against favourites Ormskirk in the ECB National Cup.

Garstang were up against it from the off as the home batting attack’s top four all blasted fifties. I.Robinson, (61 off 31) and A.Bayutt, (56 off 40) set a rapid pace which was ably supported by J.Armstrong, (54) and former Longridge player Gary Knight, (53).

Things did get a little easier for Garstang, in the persistent rain with Chris Gill collecting an impressive 4-65. Ian Walling, (2-44), Matt Weller, (1-32) and Jim Procter, (1-76) picked up the wickets as the home side posted a massive 287-8.

Garstang lost both openers in reply but with victory highly unlikely, they plugged away with middle order contributions from Mark Winstanley, (17), Allan Cook, (18), Phil Miller, (18) and Adam Senn, (11) taking the score onto 93-6.

Stuart Winstanley, (18) and Ian Walling, (33) added 44 for the seventh wicket but when both fell, the chase was over and despite falling to 148 all out, Garstang gave it a good shot up against some quality opposition. Pace demon Liam Hurt bagged 3-25 with two wickets each for O Griffiths, (2-32) and M Glayzer, (2-32).