Garstang CC book Meyler Cup Final date

Ryan Wells claimed two wickets as Garstang booked a Meyler Cup Final spot against Vernon Carus Picture: Sir Robert Atkins
Ryan Wells claimed two wickets as Garstang booked a Meyler Cup Final spot against Vernon Carus Picture: Sir Robert Atkins

Garstang CC set up a Meyler Cup Final against Vernon Carus thanks to a 37-run defeat of Eccleston in Sunday’s semi-final.

Eccleston won the toss and put Garstang into bat, a decision which looked to have paid off when Garstang could only make 120-7 from 40 overs.

Openers Michael Walling (20) and Allan Cook (24) provided a solid foundation but only two other batsmen made it into double figures.

Tom Wells made 20 and Mark Winstanley was 16 not out as ‘extras’ was Garstang’s second top-scorer with 21.

Mark Walling was dismissed without scoring, one of Josh Pope’s two wickets.

Muhammad Bilal Liaqat (2), Matthew Crowther (2) and Ian Walling (8) were all out cheaply with Gareth Jennings the other not out batsman on seven.

Pope picked up 2-29 for Eccleston with the other wickets going to Iain Bradley (2-27), Thomas Wilkinson (2-27) and Josh Cunliffe (1-21).

In reply, Garstang ran through the Eccleston top order with six of the top seven batters all out for single figure scores.

Gareth Jennings accounted for three of the batsmen, dismissing Wilkinson (9), Tom Potter (2) and Matthew Ashcroft (0).

Daniel Flannagan was Eccleston’s top scorer with 19, backed up by Jamie Maitland (12) and Lee Heyes (10 not out).

Jennings claimed 3-12 from his eight overs with the other wickets falling to Ian Walling (2-11), Ryan Wells (2-17), Michael Walling (1-20), Andy Booker (1-17) and a runout.

Vernon booked their place in the final with a seven-run victory against Thornton Cleveleys.

Vernon batted first and compiled 207-6 from their 40 overs before restricting Thornton to 200-7.

The final will take place at Croston CC on Sunday, August 21 (1.30pm).