Garstang prove far too strong for Hoghton

Michael Walling in action
Michael Walling in action
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Garstang 221-6

Hoghton 89 all out

Garstang won by 132 runs

Garstang travelled to Hoghton after the antics earlier in the week where travellers threatened to prevent the game going ahead.

However, they were moved on as the glorious weather continued, allowing the game to take place.

Phil Hurst won the toss and surprisingly asked Garstang to bat first. This though, seemed to be an inspirational decision as Curtis Morris was superbly caught and bowled by Stuart Taylor in the first over.

Fit to bat, but not keep wicket, Mark Winstanley joined skipper Michael Walling and the aggressive duo fought back on a difficult wicket which was livelier than expected.

The scoreboard kept ticking with Walling dispatching a couple of sixes along the way and at the first drinks break, Garstang were 63-1 off 15.

The bowlers were chopped and changed as the Garstang pair took the score past 100. Fifth bowler Aaran Eccles finally got the breakthrough at 111 when Winstanley was trapped lbw for 48.

Medium pacer Eccles, also accounted for Allan Cook (7), before Matt Parkinson picked up the prize wicket of Walling who contributed another valuable innings of 80. This left Garstang 146-4 with 10 overs remaining.

From here, Alex Rawlinson (13) and Tyler Ibbotson (11) added to the total before both fell in successive overs to leave the score at 172-6.

However, the last six overs were brutal. Ian Walling clubbed 31 off 22 balls and Alex Kershaw added 19 off 13 with a mixture of big hits and tip and run singles to take Garstang to an excellent 221-6.

Eccles was the pick of the bowlers with 3-31 from 9 while Parkinson was expensive with 2-60 from his 10. Taylor, surprisingly, only bowled three overs, recording 1-8 and Eddie Brown bowled a lively spell of 0-47 without deserved success.

Boasting two of the league’s best bowlers, Ian Walling and Jim Procter got stuck into work and once again produced a fruitful and successful opening partnership.

Walling picked up the first two wickets, both clean bowled, leaving the hosts 16-2. Procter then got in on the act, taking the next two, both caught behind to leave the score 25-4.

Taylor was the only batsmen of note to register runs but his 21 were a touch fortunate before he fell to a stunning catch by Rawlinson off Walling.

But when the large crowd thought Rawlinson’s catch was good, they were in for a treat when Procter bagged his fourth wicket with a one handed diving catch from Ibbotson in the gully.

By now a test match field was in place with Walling and Procter looking like taking a wicket every ball. At 66-7 the end was nigh and Ian Walling was replaced by Andy Booker who came on to take a wicket immediately.

Procter claimed a well deserved five-wicket haul with another beauty to give Dan Curwen a fourth catch behind the sticks. Brown smeared a couple of fours before Procter finished the game and in doing so rounded off an excellent day with the ball as he claimed 6-33 from 13 overs in a professional spell.

Together with Walling’s 3-49 from 12 and Booker’s 1-1 from 1, Garstang had demolished the hosts for just 89. James Ainscough, (12) and Taylor, (21) were the only two batsmen in double figures.

A good all round performance was complete and another victory obtained.

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