Shield Inter-League team will be a real family affair

Garstang's Michael Walling
Garstang's Michael Walling

Ian Walling has admitted a great sense of pride that he and his two brothers will represent the Palace Shield in the Inter-League Twenty20 competition.

Walling regularly takes to field alongside brothers Michael and Mark when representing Garstang.

The trio have been in excellent form for the Riverside outfit, who now sit second in the Premier Division table.

Finals day takes place at Great Harwood Cricket Club on Friday, July 24, and the Palace Shield will play the Lancashire League in the limited-overs competition.

Walling said: “For a number of years, Mark had been playing at Northern, who play in the Liverpool Competition.

“We’ve not played together in a few years so when he made the decision to come back to Garstang, which is our boyhood club, it was a big thing.

“It’s a big bonus that all three of us are playing in the league team.

“Michael has featured in all four Twenty20 competitions and I’ve played in three.”

Garstang’s title hopes were given a welcome boost at the weekend.

They managed to avoid the rain and claim a vital 12-point victory against Thornton Cleveleys.

Table toppers Great Eccleston had to settle for six points as their tie against Hoghton was abandoned.Now three points off top spot, Walling knows how important each game is.

“We’re playing clever cricket, we’re getting a platform and that is big help for us,” he added.

“We’re still behind Great Eccleston and I think it will go down to the big games. But it was helpful to close the gap.”