Garstang aim to build on a very successful season

Gareth Jennings in action
Gareth Jennings in action

Garstang Cricket Club is able to look back on its season with a smile as players congratulate themselves on one of its most successful seasons yet.

Garstang’s first team have this season been able to play their home matches on the Hudson Park pitch, instead of having to play their games over in Guys or at Lancaster Grammar, after a grass wicket has been put in between the rugby pitches.

The changes to the Hudson Park pitch have been welcomed by the team and chairman Andy Welling, who has said it is “far better because it gets people more involved in supporting their home club.”

He now has high hopes for the first team next season, and said: “We have had one of the most successful seasons, but with a bit more effort and dedication there is nothing to say that we can’t win the Palace Shield next year and that is something we haven’t done yet.”

The Garstang team finished fourth this season and came close to success after getting into the semi-finals of the Meyler Cup, which was mirrored by Garstang’s second team, who made it into the semi-finals of the Loxham Cup and coming third in Division Two, an achievement which chairman Andy Walling was impressed with.

He said “ The second team got promoted last year, so it is pretty exceptional to come third in a new division.”

Garstang’s third team are also celebrating a successful year after they were promoted into Division Four after coming second in their division followed by the Sunday team who came fourth in their division.

It has been rumoured that next season the club’s first team may be set to play Shireshead Forton in a charity event which will be only the second time in 30 years the teams have come face to face.

The junior teams have also been a success for the club this year, with an increase in the number of juniors attending Friday night practices which are put on with the help of the six coaches who have seen as many as 80 juniors aged between seven and going to the club to play.

Younger children have been doing their part for the club, too, and have raised money throughout the season, by selling cricket cards, ice creams and loom bands in order to purchase a bouncy castle that is now kept on site.

Earlier in the year Garstang Cricket Club celebrated when its Twenty20 team won the competition by a nail biting three runs.

Garstang’s travelling supporters and players were spun into scenes of glory for the second year running after Whalley took a stunning catch to set up a tense final over with just seven needed to win.

And Garstang were able to chalk up an amazing victory against Vernon Carus when Ryan Wells held his nerve, picking up a wicket and bowling straight to restrict Vernons to just three runs, with them finishing on 123-9 in reply to Garstang’s total of 126-9.