Garstang CC's winning start to the new season

Garstang CC were five-wicket winners when they travelled to Leyland for their opening Northern Premier Cricket League fixture.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 12:30 pm

A match featuring the top two from the 2019 season went the way of the runners-up against the last side to lift the title.

Leyland had opted to bat first at the Stanning Memorial Ground, where they ended their 50 overs on 173-7.

Nevertheless, Garstang secured victory with only five wickets down and a little more than eight overs of their reply remaining.

Garstang wicketkeeper Matt Crowther scored a half-century at the weekend Picture: Tim Gilbert/Preston Photographic Society

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Leyland began solidly with openers Karl Cross and James Rounding establishing a solid base.

Cross (21) departed to Ian Walling while Rounding (17) fell victim to Mattie McKiernan.

Their innings was given real impetus by Kurtis Watson, who struck seven fours and two sixes in his 95-ball knock of 63.

That ended when he fell victim to Waris Khan, who also accounted for Jacob Wright (19) and Andrew Makinson (10).

McKiernan picked up a second wicket with the dismissal of Iain Critchley (2), while Joe Wallwork-Needs was run out for 16.

Khan led the Garstang bowling with figures of 3-30, while McKiernan picked up 2-42 and Ian Walling 1-27.

Garstang’s reply had a less than ideal start when they lost three wickets very cheaply.

Cross got the better of Michael Walling (4), while Watson sent back Michael Wellings (2) and Mark Walling (0).

However, McKiernan played the pivotal innings with a knock of 90 from only 115 balls, including 13 boundaries and two sixes before falling to Watson.

Although Joe Shackleton accounted for Dan Curwen (14), Matt Crowther’s undefeated 50 saw Garstang to victory with 174-5 despite Watson taking 3-45, Cross 1-61 and Shackleton 1-12.

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