Walling keeps fingers crossed

Ian Walling of Garstang
Ian Walling of Garstang
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Garstang captain Ian Walling says the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division title is Great Eccleston’s to lose.

Walling’s men are 10 points behind the league leaders in second place with one game to go.

The skipper urged his men to give their all against Vernon Carus on Saturday, concentrate on finishing on a high and forget about Great Eccleston’s game against BAC/EE Preston.

But he is not ruling out a final-day upset and still has one eye on the top prize.

He said: “Great Eccleston are 10 points clear. They just need three points to clinch the title, so it is their title to lose really.

“We are hoping that BAC do a us a massive favour again but we are not pinning our hopes on that. We want to finish strongly. We’re not expecting Great Eccleston to slip up but cricket is a funny old game and you never know what will happen.”

Garstang beat Hoghton last weekend and BAC/EE beat Freckleton, allowing Walling’s men to reclaim second spot.

And the captain says that even if they do not win the league, if they can finish second it would be a great achievement.

He said: “We will go into the game against Vernon’s, trying to win and pick up maximum points which would guarantee us second place – which would be great.

“BAC/EE did us a massive favour against Freckleton and it is nice to go into the final weekend 

“Vernon’s are a tough club to play especially away.

“They haven’t had as much of a successful season as they would have liked but it will be a tough game for us.

“We have just got to go there and play our best.”