Gareth’s six of the best sees off Freck

Michael Walling hit 27 in Garstang's victory
Michael Walling hit 27 in Garstang's victory
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Garstang and Vernon Carus are neck and neck at the top of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division after weekend victories.

They both jumped above Great Eccleston – who had gone into the weekend as leaders – after their defeat to fourth-place Longridge.

It was a ruthless bowling display which earned Garstang a 10-wicket win over Freckleton at Bush Lane.

They skittled out their hosts for just 30 runs inside 24 overs, not one of the Freck batsmen able to reach double figures.

Wickets tumbled at a rapid rate, with Gareth Jennings claiming superb figures of 6-3 and Ian Walling 4-19.

Garstang’s reply was short, sweet and effective, with them knocking off the runs in just five overs. Michael Walling hit 27 as they closed on 32-0.

Vernon Carus were victors over neighbours Penwortham at Factory Lane.

They won an exciting tussle by 26 runs, putting 157-7 on the board after electing to have first use of their home wicket.

Opener Wes Royle laid the foundations with a knock of 58, his time at the crease seeing him hit six fours.

Lower down the order, John Hardiker struck 39 and Paul Chapman 23. There were three wickets for Penwortham pair Jon Roebuck and Sam Rukin.

In reply, the visitors put in a decent chase but were eventually 131 all out.

Upper order batsmen David Jackson hit 21 and Martin Hewitt 25, with Phil Chapple contributing an unbeaten 31.

Joe Allen returned figures of 5-28, with Paul Hayton and Ali Shabnan taking a pair apiece.

Longridge put in a strong display to beat Great Eccleston in a high-scoring clash at the Newsham Memorial Ground.

Batting first, the home side put 213-5 on the board.

Tom Howarth struck an unbeaten 72, with Luke Platt scoring 42, Joshua McDowell 33 and Vinny Wilkinson 31.

Great Ecc lost three of their first four batsmen for ducks as they began their chase poorly.

Their middle order pulled them back into the contest, number seven Amin Patel hitting a fine 95.

But Longridge polished off the remaining wickets to claim a 24-run victory, Ian Simpson taking 5-49.

Fulwood and Broughton got back to winning ways with a four-wicket victory over Withnell Fold.

Chris Fenton claimed 4-29 as F&B bowled their hosts out for 121 – Andrew Robertson top-scored with 27 not out.

Ben Parkinson’s 49 and an unbeaten 44 from Richard Turner helped the visitors to a winning 125-6 in reply.

BAC/EE Preston beat Fylde by one wicket at Riverside.

Fylde elected to bat first and were 139 all out, Michael Watkinson scoring 32.

Opener John Mounsey stood out at the start of 
BAC/EE’s reply, hitting 49.

But it needed some strong batting lower down the order to see them home, Stephen Lodge scoring 36 and Joe Woods an unbeaten 21.

Thornton Cleveleys were six-wicket winners over Whittingham and Goosnargh.