Twenty20 season is off to winning start

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Kirkham & Wesham 83 all out Garstang 84-3

Garstang won by seven wickets

Garstang started the Twenty20 season in dominant fashion. Kirkham & Wesham captain Anthony Harrison elected to bat first on what looked like a damp track.

Pace duo Curtis Morris and Ryan Wells opened up for Garstang, Michael Brooks and Irfan Tailor for Kirkham.

Morris got a breakthrough in the very first over of the game, as Tailor flicked one off his pads, but it didn’t have the legs and Joe Gibbins took a well judged high catch.

Brooks fell in the next over, brilliantly run-out on the turn by Mark Winstanley. Richard Whall and David Reddy Jnr were at the crease, but Whall didn’t last long, a Morris yorker cleaning him up.

Kirkham were now on the back foot, but Matthew Nuttall provided a counter-attack.

He continued to hit the ball to the boundary, despite wickets falling at the other end. Reddy went caught behind by Winstanley off Ian Walling, Mahmed Dhiriwala was brilliantly run-out by Alistair Egerton. Joe Gibbins got the vital breakthrough in his last over, first of all Harrison caught at mid-off by Alex Kershaw, and then the big wicket of Nuttall caught in the deep by Ryan Wells.

John Taylor and Wells cleaned up the lower order, leaving Kirkham 83 all out.

Veteran Allan Cook opened the batting with Morris. Both set about the small total in a measured fashion, hitting regular boundaries.

Morris fell for 24, caught behind by Whall off Dhirwala, and Dan Curwen went in the same over, bowled.

Rhys Wakefield looked to support Cook, who was timing the ball superbly. However, there was a mix-up leaving Wakefield scrambling back after an attempted two. He didn’t make it, so Alex Kershaw came to the crease.

A combination of quick singles and the odd boundary finished the game off in style, with Cook an excellent 40 not out.

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