Wellings again the hero as Garstang march on

Photo : Ian Robinson'Vernon Carus v Garstang at Factory Lane in Penwortham'Garstang batsman Michael Wellings
Photo : Ian Robinson'Vernon Carus v Garstang at Factory Lane in Penwortham'Garstang batsman Michael Wellings

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A superbly crafted 91 from league run record-breaking batsman Michael Wellings helped Garstang chase down relegation-threatened Norcross.

Batting first, at 74-1, Norcross were very much in charge. Steve Allan will feel he threw it away when he was needlessly run out by Michael Walling having made 20.

Bovington reached his half century but after doing all the hard work, he tamely chipped Jake Smith to Mark Walling at long on. Still, a decent platform was in place. Rick Blampied, (42) decided to go after the spin and hit some meaty sixes with the innings set up for a last 10 over slog. Strangely, with seven wickets in hand, this didn’t happen. It was much to the credit of the returning opening bowlers Tyler Ibbotson (3-33) and Ian Walling (4-48) who bowled impressively at the death.

Ibbotson had Chris Lester superbly caught by Michael Walling for 22 before clean bowling Matthew Hedges (6) and Jason Dyer (4). In pursuit of late runs, Ian Walling mopped up the tail by taking three wickets in the final over – all clean bowled.

Garstang suffered a nightmare start when Dave Allen, (1-56) bowled Michael Walling very first ball. With Allan Cook missing due to a broken finger, Michael Wellings and Mark Walling knew that the emphasis was on them to bat well. Bat well, they did! Wellings in particular blazed the ball hard and straight with Walling allowing time to play a patient innings. No matter who bowled, Wellings was on a mission and his destruction continued as the pair chipped away at the total. They made batting look easy and effortless and brought up an impressive 100 partnership with Wellings making 70 of them.

Wellings though, took a back seat and watched as Walling went to 50 in style. Walling was stumped for 52 off Michael Veitch and the partnership of 138 was ended.

With Wellings now 75 not out, and just 32 to runs to win, it became obvious that Wellings was after a much deserved century.

Unfortunately, Wellings was caught at long-on for 91 off Lester, (1-33) and left the field to a standing ovation, with his 91 coming from 91 deliveries and featuring 11 fours and three sixes. Craig Bevan, (10 not out) and Winstanley (5 not out) saw Garstang past the finishing line to romp home with 12 overs left to play.

On 34, Walling hit Michael Veitch, (1-40) for four successive fours and a two, before the spinner had the last laugh when