Garstang CC skipper ready for dates with destiny

Garstang hope to be celebrating victory in Sunday's Meyler Cup final
Garstang hope to be celebrating victory in Sunday's Meyler Cup final
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Garstang skipper Mark Walling expects a tough weekend – but one which could see his side clinch the first part of a league and cup double.

The Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division leaders face Longridge on Saturday before meeting Vernon Carus in the Meyler Cup final 24 hours later.

Last weekend’s league defeat of second-placed Fulwood and Broughton means Walling’s players are nine points clear with only five games left.

The first of those comes on Saturday against a Longridge side who have suffered back-to-back losses and need a win to keep their title hopes alive.

“Longridge are a pretty similar team to ourselves,” Walling said.

“They are a young and energetic side so I think it’s going to be a good game.

“We beat them earlier in the season at our place but it was a close run game.

“They have some talented players but so have we at the end of the day; what it will come down to is who plays the better cricket on the day.”

The following day sees Penwortham CC host a repeat of last year’s Meyler Cup final with Garstang hoping for the same outcome.

Rewind 12 months and Walling’s players won after reaching 155-1 in reply to Vernons’ 196-7 when the rain came.

The skipper played his part with an undefeated 41, backing up the efforts of brother Michael who was 86 not out at the game’s conclusion.

“It’s good to be a part of games like those,” Walling said of the weekend’s schedule.

“Playing in them is certainly better than being sat around and not having any involvement in them.

“Hopefully it will be a repeat of last year but they are going to be up for it.

“It’s not going to be an easy weekend; we’re going to have to work hard in both games and, hopefully, we will reap the benefits of that hard work.”