Rhythm and pace too much for Withnell

CAN I INSIST THAT AN ATTRIBUTION BE GIVEN TO ME - SIR ROBERT ATKINS - WITH THIS AND FUTURE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT YOU PUBLISH.  Will Proctor achieved a Garstang best of 7 wickets for 13 in the comprehensive defeat of Withnell Fold last Saturday.  Withnell Fold were bowled out for 64 runs, which Garstang made without loss of wickets.  I AM HAPPY THAT THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE FREE OF CHARGE AND FREE OF COPYRIGHT AND ARE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CLUB AND THE COMMUNITY.  Byline: Sir Robert Atkins
CAN I INSIST THAT AN ATTRIBUTION BE GIVEN TO ME - SIR ROBERT ATKINS - WITH THIS AND FUTURE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT YOU PUBLISH. Will Proctor achieved a Garstang best of 7 wickets for 13 in the comprehensive defeat of Withnell Fold last Saturday. Withnell Fold were bowled out for 64 runs, which Garstang made without loss of wickets. I AM HAPPY THAT THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE FREE OF CHARGE AND FREE OF COPYRIGHT AND ARE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CLUB AND THE COMMUNITY. Byline: Sir Robert Atkins

Garstang set the pace at the top of the Palace Shield after making it two wins from two against newly promoted Withnell Fold.

Only two runs were scored off the bat in the first eight overs as the visitors struggled, losing opener Anthony Beesley, (2) lbw to Gareth Jennings. Progress remained slow, with maidens aplenty as Will Procter replaced Ian Walling.

It took him just two overs to find his rhythm and pace as he ousted Michael Atkinson Senior (7 off 47) and Josh Cunliffe, (0) in the same over leaving Withnell now 29-3 from 18 overs.

It was to be Procter’s day and he was clearly in the mood for it as he continued to take wickets. Atkinson Junior looked by far the most comfortable of the batsmen but when he and Nick Fowler, (5) fell, both caught behind, it left them at 49-5. Atkinson’s 21 were well fought and turned out to be the highest score of the innings.

Khalid Valimulla and Andrew Robertson batted time but it was inevitable that Procter would bag his fifth wicket and did so having Robertson, (1 off 26) caught in the gully by Tyler Ibbotson.

Ibbotson then came on the remove Valimulla who after clubbing 15 could only chip one to cover before Procter was clearly too quick for Nick Jackson, (1), and when James Hughes edged the ball behind very next ball, Withnell were now 61-9 from 34 overs.

However, the final wicket took some getting and it took a piece of skilled captaincy to allow Allan Cook to bowl his part time spin in an attempt to lure the batsmen into playing an attacking shot.

Sure enough the plan worked to perfection as Cook bagged his first Premier Division wicket with Graham Sharples, (1 off 27) picking out Mark Winstanley at long on.

It left the visitors bowled out in 43 overs for just 64.

A shell shocked Withnell team trudged out to field and their pain only lasted an hour as Cook and Andrew Fletcher set about the chase. It took just 15.2 overs with Cook, (36 from 46 balls) and Fletcher, (28 from 46 balls) doing the business.