Fulwood & Broughton 193-9
Fulwood & Broughton won by 1 run
Incredible, entertaining and heartbreaking.
Just three words to use a remarkable game between Fulwood & Broughton and Garstang in an epic Quarter Final of the Meyler Cup.
The two form sides met and produced a nail-biting finish to the very last ball with the home side victorious by just a single run.
Home captain Richard Turner won the toss and elected to bat first in the 40 over contest. Opener Ben Fitch, (0) received a cracker from Tyler Ibbotson as the home side slipped to 0-1.
From here Mark Smith and Turner fought back and looked in control at 41-1 before Ian Walling ousted Smith, (17). Ben Parkinson joined his skipper and they too looked in their comfort zones.
Ryan Wells though, produced a quality over at Turner before having him caught by Alex Rawlinson having made 39.
Now at 74-3 from 23 overs, new batsman Matt Smith wasted very little time and duly smashed his fifth ball for a six. This was to be the start of a fascinating innings to rapidly propel the home side’s score.
Parkinson (32) fell to Curtis Morris (2-28) with Amin Patel (6) also soon falling off the same bowler. With the home side now 130-5 and nine overs remaining, Smith took the bowling to the sword. He added a partnership of 60 with Joel Stinson (who managed 13) in just 7 overs before departing to the returning Ibbotson for an entertaining 72.
Stinson and Marcus Mollinga followed in the same over as Ibbotson bowled a maiden in the penultimate over. Ian Walling’s last over only went for three, including a last ball run out as 193-9 was posted.
Ibbotson (3-36) was the pick of the bowlers with Ian Walling (1-43) and Wells (1-37) ably assisting. Skipper Walling yielded just 26 runs from his eight overs with Ashley Whiteside unlucky in his four, costing 17.
On a fast scoring ground, Garstang’s reply was paced, with openers Michael Walling and Curtis Morris content to see off the opening pace of Matt Smith and Turner.
At ten overs, Garstang were 27-0 as former Garstang player Mollinga was introduced into the attack. Morris’s hard fought graft was undone as he drilled the ball straight to point, having made just 3.
Mark Winstanley and Walling added 41 in the next seven overs, before the former fell for 10. Godfrey-Plews, fresh from his previous day half century, could only manage six and when Walling fell for another “exactly” 50, Garstang were reeling at 90-4.
Wiley bowler Chris Fenton was introduced and he put the brakes firmly on the run chase with some accurate bowling. He then went on to claim the wickets of Allan Cook (13) and Ian Walling (0) as Garstang choked to 105-6.
This was soon 118-7 with Alex Kershaw (2) also cleaned up by Fenton as Garstang seemed down and out.
But there was still one hope. Talented Rawlinson, with the potential to smash the ball as far as anyone in the league was joined by Ibbotson.
Together they formed a quite brilliant partnership, adding 59 vital runs to take Garstang to 177-7 with just over three overs remaining.
A clever slower ball though, did for Ibbotson, who trudged off having made 18. Ryan Wells added 4 before being run out, trying to get Rawlinson on strike as the tension grew.
Could the last pair do it? One over, nine to win, eight to tie... It went down to the last ball. Rawlinson on strike, six to win...and it went for four!
A dejected Rawlinson, left to a standing ovation from both sets of players and many supporters of both sides having smashed his side so close to victory. His 51 not out included three maximums and four boundaries to end a thrilling and competitive game.
Garstang lick their wounds and must look to bounce back against the same opposition next Saturday at The Riverside.
Fenton was the pick of the bowlers with 4-25 from his eight, whilst Turner (0-37) and Smith (1-18) bowled some notable opening and closing spells. The spinners were expensive with Mollinga claiming 2-53 and Arbob Munir 1-41.
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