Thornton Cleveleys 144 all out
Garstang 96 all out
Finally summer landed, but Thornton Cleveleys were the ones having fun in the sun, defeating Garstang at The Riverside.
Visiting captain Rick Jenkinson elected to bat first on what proved to be a fast, bouncy track.
Ian Walling and Jim Procter used this to their advantage, and sent down some very quick and aggressive deliveries. Each picked up a wicket, leaving Cleveleys 12-2.
The introduction of another pace demon, Will Procter, did the away team little favours, as he picked up the next two wickets, both smartly caught at second slip by the skipper Michael Walling.
By now Cleveleys were 32-4 from 21 overs, with Garstang hugely on top.
However, Harry Northrop decided to change the nature of the innings with some very unorthodox, but effective batting. He attacked from ball one, with his golf style shots seeing him crash five boundaries in his first 14 balls.
Together with Danny Howard, the duo progressed the score at a healthy rate.
Walling introduced spin which stopped Northrop, and a cool catch from Curtis Morris saw him depart for an entertaining 49.
Howard was now the danger man who Garstang had to remove, but where Northrop finished, Howard took off and he peppered the boundary with some lusty blows.
His knock of 61 from 48 balls changed the game, with five fours and four massive sixes.
Ian Walling came back to mop up the tail and leave Cleveleys with a respectable 144 all out.
Walling finished with 4-32 and Will Procter an impressive 3-25, while Michael Walling added 2-28 and Jim Procter 1-32.
Andy Booker bowled his seven overs for 20 in a tidy spell.
Garstang started watchfully in reply, progressing to 17 without loss before the pace of Sam Bradshaw was too hot to handle for Michael Walling, who was caught and bowled for 15.
Morris and Mark Winstanley somehow got through a torrid time early on, with Bradshaw making best use of a fast deck.
But when his seven-over spell came to an end, the Garstang pair picked up the pace and began to score freely.
At 72-1 things were looking good, but what followed was, in comparison, a Jenga-style collapse.
Tom Higson’s left arm spin was introduced and Winstanley was first to go having made 34.
Allan Cook and Dan Curwen followed, both failing to register a run, and when Morris (27) unfortunately edged the ball into the keeper’s knee and was caught at slip, Garstang had stumbled to 81-5.
Thomas Williams then removed Andrew Norris, (6) before Bradshaw returned to clean up Stuart Winstanley (3) and Jim Procter (2).
But it was Higson who finished the game, collecting his fifth wicket, and in doing so Garstang were bowled out for just 96.
Higson (5-15) and Bradshaw (3-30) were the pick of the bowlers, with Williams (2-24) ably assisting.
Howard was unlucky to be wicketless with 0-24 from his eight overs.
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