Wallings in the wickets as Garstang cement third spot

Ian Walling was among the wickets as Garstang claimed victory at the weekend
Ian Walling was among the wickets as Garstang claimed victory at the weekend

Garstang defied Saturday’s showers to run out five-wicket winners in a rain-affected match at The Riverside.

With Fulwood and Broughton their visitors, Garstang won the toss and chose to put their opponents into bat.

They enjoyed early success with Ian Walling claiming two wickets.

He had Amin Patel caught by Ryan Wells without scoring before accounting for fellow opener Mark Smith, who was caught by Michael Walling for eight.

That Fulwood and Broughton were able to post the score they did was largely down to the next two batsmen in.

Ben Parkinson made 31 before he fell victim to Michael Walling but it was Charlie Rossiter who took the batting honours.

He struck an undefeated 74, accounting for almost half of his team’s score at the conclusion of their innings.

Matthew Smith (7) was another victim for Michael Walling, caught and bowled, while Ian Walling claimed the other two wickets to fall.

Having bowled Richard Turner (1), he also had Sam Berry (27) caught by Michael Walling as Fulwood and Broughton’s innings ended after 24 overs.

Ian Walling claimed 4-72 from 12 overs and Michael Walling 2-34 from five for Garstang, who reached their target inside 20 overs.

It was openers Michael Walling and Allan Cook who laid the foundation for Garstang’s victory.

The former top-scored with 46 and the latter added 35 before both of them were out, dismissed by Turner.

Tom Wells (2) and Ian Walling (0) departed cheaply, out to Matthew Smith and Arbab Munir respectively.

However, Mark Walling (32) and Matthew Crowther (21 not out) chipped in to take Garstang to their target.

Victory saw Garstang claim 10 points as opposed to to Fulwood and Broughton’s four.

Victory keeps Garstang third in the table with 74 points from eight matches, four points behind Fulwood and Broughton with Vernon Carus a further six clear at the top.