Garstang and Longridge book their places in the Twenty20 semi-finals
Both Garstang CC and Longridge CC reached the last four of this year’s Twenty20 competition following victories on Bank Holiday Monday.
Garstang reached the semi-final after seeing off Blackpool by three wickets, while Longridge were 41-runners against Chorley.
Blackpool had opted to bat first against Garstang and rallied to 119-8 after a difficult start to their innings.
They were reduced to 57-5 as Mohammed Yusuf, Michael Walling, Toby Lush and Danny Gilbert all picked up wickets.
Ben Howarth and Jake Muncaster led a recovery, adding 41 before the latter was out to Ian Walling for 19.
The same bowler also accounted for Howarth (44) to finish with figures of 2-34, while Yusuf took 2-9, Gilbert 1-22, Michael Walling 1-23 and Lush 1-21.
In reply, the Garstang batting also lost wickets at regular intervals as they fell to 25-3 and then 78-6.
That brought together Mark Winstanley and Allan Cook for a vital stand of 33 for the seventh wicket.
Winstanley (11) became Matt Grindley’s third wicket as he took 3-22, but Cook made 31 not out from only 22 balls to see Garstang to victory on 121-7 with two-and-a-half overs left.
Josh Boyne also collected three wickets with the dismissals of Michael Walling (17), Michael Wellings (11) and Yusuf (5) giving him 3-15, while Arran Lewin (1-19) took the other wicket to fall.
As for Longridge, it was their bowlers who were responsible for their win over Chorley.
Longridge had batted first and made 95-4 at the close of their innings.
However, that proved too stiff a target for Chorley to reach as they were all out for 54 midway through the 16th over.
It means that Longridge will now face Fulwood and Broughton in the final four with Garstang coming up against Netherfield.