Walling brothers lead way with the wrecking ball

Allan Cook scores 49 in Garstang's 7-wicket defeat of Fylde last Saturday.  CAN I INSIST THAT AN ATTRIBUTION BE GIVEN TO ME - SIR ROBERT ATKINS - WITH THIS AND FUTURE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT YOU PUBLISH.  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
Allan Cook scores 49 in Garstang's 7-wicket defeat of Fylde last Saturday. CAN I INSIST THAT AN ATTRIBUTION BE GIVEN TO ME - SIR ROBERT ATKINS - WITH THIS AND FUTURE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT YOU PUBLISH. 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
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Palace Shield

Premier Division

Fylde...................................131

Garstang........................135/3

Garstang made it three wins on the trot to ensure their pole position continued in the Palace Shield Competition.

Travelling to Fylde, home captain Dave Crawforth won the toss and elected to bat, a decision which soon looked a regretful one as Fylde slipped to 0-2 with Gareth Jennings and Will Procter collecting a wicket apiece.

Michael Watkinson and Joe McMillan led the fight back but once again the Garstang pace attack kept good control of the score.

It soon became 38-3 with Procter removing the dangerous Watkinson, (18) and when Jennings made it two wickets each, removing Crawforth, (1) the home side were rattled at 55-4.

But, McMillan and Paul Hogarth added a hard fought partnership of 63 to take the hosts to 118-4, although with only a few overs remaining after tight spells from the Garstang bowlers.

From here, it was the Walling brothers who demolished the innings in style, sharing 5 wickets and a run out as the home side crumbled to 131 all out in the final over with McMillan, (56) and Hogarth, (25) the clear stand outs on the scorecard.

All the bowlers bowled well with Jennings superb opening up with 12 overs, 2-19 whilst Procter returned 2-42 from his 9.

In the middle overs it was Ian Walling, (3-18) and Michael Walling, (2-16) in the wickets with Ryan Wells bowling his eight overs for 29.

Garstang started confidently in reply with Allan Cook and Andrew Fletcher racing to 28 without loss before the latter fell to Daniel Smith, (1-21) for 10.

Michael Walling joined Cook and the pair flourished, pounding the bad ball to the boundary.

The powerful duo took the score to 114-1 but then both fell short of 50 with Walling first out for 45 and Cook following agonisingly for 49.

However, Alex Rawlinson, (15 not out) and Alex Kershaw, (5 not out) comfortably saw the visitors over the line with 16 overs to spare.

Chris Camm, (1-15) and Dave Crawforth, (1-26) picked up the wickets to fall.

Palace Shield

Division Two

Garstang 2nd...................95/4

Great Eccleston 2nd.........91/9

Garstang 2nd team made it two wins from three with a resounding six wicket win against Great Eccleston 2nds.

The visitors batting first, snailed to just 91-9 from 45 overs as Emran Patel, (23), Josh Swarbrick, (22 not out) and Daniel Simmons, (18) were the only three batsmen to register double figures.

The reason for this was the outstanding bowling of Andy Banks who bowled 16 overs, taking 5-21.

He was ably assisted by Andy Booker, (2-11), Paul Johnson, (1-23) and Ashley Whiteside, (1-21).

Steve Horn then set about the task and blasted over half the runs as his 53 not out eased Garstang home.

Palace Shield

Division Five

Fleetwood 3rd................134/9

Garstang 3rd..................135/7

It was a clean sweep for Garstang as the third team won away at Fleetwood 3rds by 3 wickets.

Batting first, Fleetwood posted 134-9 from their 45 overs with three wickets apiece for Rhys Wakefield, (3-31) and Matthew Goldsmith, (3-26). The run chase began wobbly as Garstang were two wickets down quickly but debutant Ray Riley made an impressive 41 and Alasdair Egerton weighed in with 37. Wakefield then added 27 runs to his bowling performance to leave captain Mick Richardson the joy of seeing the team to victory.