Paying the price for batters’ woes

Ian Walling top-scored with 30
Ian Walling top-scored with 30

Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division

Garstang........................163/9

Wh’ingham/Goosn’gh....164/9

Garstang CC’s first XI went down by one wicket against Whittingham and Goosnargh at the Riverside on Saturday.

Batting first, they saw most of their batters get starts without anyone going on to contribute a significant score.

No fewer than seven batsmen reached double figures but it was Ian Walling who posted their top score of 30.

Allan Cook (24) and Tom Wells (24) also made it past 20 –as did ‘extras’ – but a regular loss of wickets was costly.

Whittingham and Goosnargh regularly took wickets throughout the Garstang innings, Sheeraz Polli leading the way with figures of 4-39.

In reply, Garstang had an early success by dismissing Mohmed Gajariya without scoring.

However, Safraz Patel (21) and Husein Yusuf (35) steadied the ship before falling victim to Gareth Jennings and Ryan Wells respectively.

Wells (4-31) also accounted for Tausifhusen Patel (11), Zuber Desai (20) and Suhel Patel (3).

As with Garstang’s total, the Whittingham and Goosnargh innings contained a number of contributions without anyone making a standout score.

Dalvi Kazim made 32 as Whittingham and Goosnargh got across the finishing line with one wicket in hand despite two wickets apiece for Jennings (2-19) and Michael Walling (2-46).

The seconds recorded Garstang’s only victory on Saturday as they were seven-wicket winners when they met White Coppice.

Having restricted their opponents to 170-8, Garstang replied with 171-3 with victory secured after 35 overs.

The thirds were beaten by 111 runs as they were 119 all out chasing Eccleston’s 230-4 in which opener Anthony Bennett had struck an undefeated 103.

It was a similar story for the fourth XI as they were skittled for 96 in reply to Tarleton’s 169-9.