Garstang bowled over by the league leaders

Ian Walling bowls for Garstang during Saturday's loss against Vernon Carus
Ian Walling bowls for Garstang during Saturday's loss against Vernon Carus

League leaders Vernon Carus proved too strong for Garstang when the two sides met in the Moore & Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division on Saturday.

They were unable to capitalise on a good start when the table-toppers batted and slipped to a 25-run defeat.

Garstang had won the toss and put their hosts into bat, a decision which looked a good one when they claimed three cheap wickets.

David Fisher (5), Iain Dunn (4) and James McDonagh (0) all departed early.

However, Vernon Carus rallied through Wes Royle (21), Christian Ash (31), James Fiddler (23) and Craig Cameron (30).

Ben Llewellin (5), Matthew Timms (8) and Joe Allen (0) were also dismissed as Vernon Carus were all out for 143.

Ian Walling took the bowling honours for Garstang with figures of 4-44, supported by Michael Walling (2-19), Gareth Jennings (1-25) and Andy Booker (1-26).

In reply, Garstang were all out for 118 as some of their batters got starts without making a match-winning score.

Michael Walling (24), Allan Cook (20) and Mark Walling (19) were their top scorers as six of the batsmen made it into double figures.

Joe Allen (4-24) and David Fisher (3-26) inspired Vernon Carus in the field as they claimed 12 points to consolidate their place at the top of the table.

Twenty-four hours later, though, and Garstang reached the next round of the Meyler Cup following victory over Fulwood and Broughton.

Batting first, Garstang lost Michael Walling without scoring before Allan Cook (13) and Tom Wells (16) steadied the ship.

That they managed to reach 174-8 was mainly thanks to the contributions from Mark Walling (29) and Mark Winstanley (33) which backed up Muhammad Bilal Liaqat’s 57 – the sole half-century of the match.

Richard Turner was Fulwood and Broughton’s main wicket taker with figures of 3-46 from eight overs.

In reply, Fulwood and Broughton’s innings was another where a few batters made decent starts without taking them on further.

Charlie Rossiter top-scored with 32, supported by Ben Parkinson and Jon Fenton (both 22).

However, Garstang kept taking wickets to check their hopes of victory, eventually dismissing Fulwood and Broughton for 143 with 13 balls remaining.

Andy Booker (3-31) and Ian Walling (3-46) were the leading wicket takers, backed by Ryan Wells (2-21), Gareth Jennings (1-22) and Michael walling (1-17).

Garstang’s first XI has just the one game this weekend as they host Thornton Cleveleys on Saturday.

The seconds travel to Eccleston, the thirds are up against Charnock Richard, while the fourths are at Darwen (all 1.30pm).