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Garstang 155-6

Blackpool 99

Garstang win by 56 runs

Garstang’s Twenty20 troops travelled to Stanley Park to take on Blackpool.

Garstang were put in and the very first ball saw Michael Walling dismissed off the bowling of Jarred Bain (1-27).

Curtis Morris and Jonny Thompson took their time to get going on a slow pitch with Morris stumped off Diver (1-20) having made 17 from 23 balls. At 28-2 from 6 overs, Mark Winstanley joined Thompson and the wicket keeping duo, with excellent running, accelerated the score to 93-3 from 13 overs before Winstanley was smartly stumped for 27 off 22 balls.

The experiment of sending pinch hitter Ryan Wells in didn’t work as he made just two and when a fatigued Thompson, (40 off 35) was also bowled, it left Garstang 101-5 with 5 overs remaining.

But Ian Walling and Dan Curwen powered late runs with the former enjoying two sixes and two fours. Walling, (35 off 17) was out in the final over, leaving Curwen (15 off 13) and Tyler Ibbotson, (3 off 2) to see the visitors to 155-6.

Ibbotson and Ian Walling bowled tightly early on to ensure the run rate climbed and the opening wicket was a run out with a great throw from Wells. From here, spinner Michael Walling ripped through the top order. He accounted for Mathew Houston (17) and Craig Brow (5) in one over before returning two overs later to mop up Bain (3) and Michael Tidmas, (0). Meanwhile, Wells ousted Mercer which left Blackpool 50-6 from 11 overs.

Luke Melville led a brief fightback before a smart catch from Alasdair Egerton saw him depart off Ashley Whiteside for 23. Ian Walling came back to mop up the tail with Ross Parker (12), Conagh Griffin (17) and Alex Diver (0) all falling in the same over. Michael Walling’s 4-15 was ably backed up by Ian Walling, (3-14), Wells, (1-19) and Whiteside, (1-23).

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