Garstang’s title bid still alive as Hoghton fall

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Garstang sealed Hoghton’s relegation with a 52-run victory at the Riverside Sports Ground.

The hosts’ opened the batting but were dealt an early blow as Hoghton’s Stephen Taylor snared opener Tom Wells for a duck.

Mark Walling joined brother and opening batsman Michael Walling at the crease.

He made 10 runs before Matthew Crowther (60) came in to build a match-winning partnership with Michael Walling (50).

Michael Walling became Matt Parkinson’s first victim.

And Parkinson tore through Garstang’s lower order, picking up the wickets of Mark Winstanley, Ian Walling, Gareth Jennings and Andy Booker to end with figures of 47 for 5.

Alex Kershaw finished not out on 20 as Hoghton bowled the hosts out for 194 from 37.5 overs.

Hoghton’s reply faltered as Darren Eccles was clean bowled by Ian Walling for one run.

Ian Walling removed Hoghton’s No.3 Phil Hurst in similar fashion for just four runs later.

Will Monks and Sam Haydock steadied the shop but Gareth Jennings trapped Monks lbw for 24 and Haydock was also trapped lbw on 18 by Michael Walling.

After the wicket, Michael Walling ripped through Hoghton’s middle order to pick up figures of 36-4 as Garstang skittled Hoghton for 142 from 38.1 overs.