Walling sets example for Garstang CC team-mates

Ian Walling was Garstang CCs man of the match at the weekend after hitting an undefeated 96 and taking four wickets Picture: Sir Robert Atkins
Ian Walling was Garstang CCs man of the match at the weekend after hitting an undefeated 96 and taking four wickets Picture: Sir Robert Atkins

Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division

Great Eccleston.............174/10

Garstang.......................175/9

Ian Walling was Garstang CC’s hero as they squeezed home by one wicket against Great Eccleston on Saturday.

He claimed four wickets and then struck an unbeaten 96 to help his side to victory with nine wickets down in reply.

Having won the toss and put their opponents into bat, Garstang saw Great Eccleston begin solidly through their opening pair of James Thistlethwaite and Adam Green.

It was Green who was first to go for 13, dismissed off the bowling of Gareth Jennings.

That was the signal for three cheap wickets to fall as Green was followed back to the pavilion by Alex Swale (0), Mohamed Nadeem (4) and Will Thistlethwaite (0), all of whom fell victim to Ian Walling.

Michael Walling got in the act by accounting for Jeremy Whittle (13), while Ryan Wells claimed the scalp of William Turnbull (2).

It was James Thistlethwaite who held the innings together as he made 72 before he was Michael Walling’s second victim.

Tom Winstanley dismissed Phil Booth (23) and Ian Walling had Jim Procter out without scoring to end the innings.

In reply, Garstang lost five of their top six cheaply with Michael Walling (9), Allan Cook (6), Tom Wells (10), Muhammad Bilal Liaqat (1) and Matthew Crowther (5) the men out.

Mark Winstanley and Ian Walling joined together to give Garstang a foothold before the former was dismissed for 31.

Jennings (2), Dave Whalley (0) and Ryan Wells (1) were all out as Great Eccleston sensed a chance of victory.

However, they reckoned without Ian Walling whose sensational innings saw them across the finishing line with Tom Winstanley (0 not out) for company.

The firsts are back in action on Sunday when they face Longridge atNewsham (1.30pm).