Garstang CC skipper expects a tough test

Coen Oosthuysen hit a half-century last Saturday                      Picture: Tim Gilbert/Preston Photographic Society
Coen Oosthuysen hit a half-century last Saturday Picture: Tim Gilbert/Preston Photographic Society
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Garstang skipper Mark Walling expects a tough afternoon when they visit Fulwood and Broughton in the Northern League on Saturday.

At the halfway point of the 2018 season, Garstang’s first season in the competition sees them joint fifth in the table with 105 points, 41 more than Saturday’s hosts.

Like Garstang, Fulwood and Broughton made the move up from the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield for this season but are presently third-bottom of the table.

However, Walling knows enough about them from previous meetings to know what could lie ahead this weekend against a side beaten by three wickets against St Annes last time out.

“Fulwood and Broughton are always a good side, especially at home,” he warned.

“They have put a couple of results together in the last few weeks and I think they were a bit unlucky to lose on Saturday.

“It’s one of those situations where we have played against them for a few years and both sides know each other well.

“They have got Simon Kerrigan who may not be bowling but he’s a first-class cricketer who was good enough to play for England and he’s in good form with the bat.”

Kerrigan, however, is not the only player impressing in the middle.

Walling goes into the game on the back of consecutive half-centuries, having made 60 and 74 in his last two outings.

The latter was in Garstang’s 160-run victory against bottom side Preston at the weekend when they had been reduced to 28-3.

That was before Walling and Coen Oosthuysen (90) eventually took them to 256-7.

“It was quite a good wicket and, once the new ball stopped moving, it was quite easy to score,” Walling said.

“It was good to get a few runs under my belt but we still had to put the runs on the board and it was good to get a win.”