Victory is Fylde away for reference

Garstangs first XI were left to celebrate a comfortable victory against Fylde at the weekend
Garstangs first XI were left to celebrate a comfortable victory against Fylde at the weekend

Garstang’s bowlers did the damage as they romped to a nine-wicket victory against Fylde in the Moore & Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division.

Having won the toss and chosen to put their opponents into bat, Garstang raced through the Fylde batting line-up.

Six of their batsmen were dismissed without scoring with only two of their batters making it into double figures – scoring almost three-quarters of Fylde’s total runs between them.

Ryan Wells and Gareth Jennings made early inroads into the Fylde batting, accounting for the opening pair of Matthew Johnson and Edward Bailey respectively, both for ducks.

The carnage continued with the next four batsmen all out cheaply.

Andrew Sykes, Jack Davies and Warnakulasooriya were all out for ducks with Daniel Smith only able to score five runs.

Joseph Calvert, who had come in at the fall of the first wicket, stayed calm amid the carnage and found good support from Anthony Churchill.

Calvert was Fylde’s top scorer, hitting 39 before being caught by Jennings off the bowling of Tom Winstanley.

Cooper made it to 20 before he was out LBW off Michael Walling.

Anthony Ellison was the sixth batter out for a duck before Walling wrapped up the innings when he had Samir Aga (2) caught by Mark Winstanley, leaving Garry Hebblethwaite (3) as the not out batsman.

The wickets were shared around the Garstang attack, Wells leading the way with figures of 4-19.

The other six wickets were shared between Jennings (2-21), Tom Winstanley (2-26) and Walling (2-10).

In reply, Garstang had few issues in reaching their target midway through the 17th over.

Walling followed up his efforts with the ball by hitting 39 at the top of the order before he was caught by Calvert off the bowling of Bailey.

Allan Cook (25 not out) and Tom Wells (10 not out) then took Garstang to victory, giving them 12 points and keeping them third in the league table.

This weekend sees them host Penwortham on Saturday before facing Fulwood and Broughton in the Meyler Cup on Sunday afternoon (both 1.30pm).