After three league defeats, Garstang tasted victory with a clinical display against BAC/EE Preston.
After losing the toss, Garstang didn’t take long to get stuck in. Ian Walling was too quick for Tom Wilock (3) who was trapped lbw to leave the hosts 4-1.
Then David Steinson thought he could take on Alex Rawlinson’s throw but was easily run out, and captain Jamie Skeoch was undone by extra bounce from Jim Procter with Walling holding on at slip.
At 22-3, the home side badly needed a partnership, and talented teenager Nikesh Modessa and team mate Jonathon Hothersall took the score to 74-3 before an uncharacteristic play across the line from Modessa saw him depart for a well-battled 30.
Procter picked up the wicket, and earned a third with a stunning one-handed catch at gully by Tyler Ibbotson to end Hothersall’s resistance, departing for 25.
Mark Whelan clubbed 11 before a returning Ian Walling pegged back his stumps to make it 106-6.
Into the final 10 overs and Andy Booker kept the brakes on before collecting the next wicket, Danny Wilcock (7), and when Walling ousted wicket keeper Joe Woods (1), BAE were in the mire at 122-8.
Batsman Eddie Steinson weighed in with 28 not out to boost the home side’s score to 138 with Walling picking up the last two wickets for figures of 5-41 from 15.1 overs.
He was ably supported by Procter (3-50) and Booker (1-13) with Ibbotson (0-19).
In reply, Garstang made a breezy start with skipper Michael Walling and Allan Cook racing to 29 without loss. Modessa’s slower ball foxed Cook (14) as he drove straight to cover and when Walling (20) was bowled by Hothersall, Garstang had slipped to 39-2.
Mark Winstanley and Curtis Morris took the score to 64 before the former collected his fifth run out of the season and trudged off for just six.
Morris, though, dispatched the ball to the boundary at will. He lost Alex Rawlinson (7), attempting to moose the ball out of Preston but the visitors were well on course for the win at 89-4.
With Morris looking good for a deserved half century, a leading edge agonisingly went to hand and he departed for an eye-catching 46. This left Ian Walling (19 not out) and Ibbotson (13 not out) to carry the baton to the finish line and they did just so with nine overs remaining to set up the race for fourth going into the last two games.