Wallings hit high note for Garstang

Longridge opener James Whitehead in Meyler Cup action at Thornton Cleveleys
Longridge opener James Whitehead in Meyler Cup action at Thornton Cleveleys
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Only two of the six games in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division were played to a finish because of Saturday afternoon’s rain.

Garstang won by 11 runs against Thornton Cleveleys and Fylde were 14-run victors over BAE/CC Preston.

The remaining four games all started but were abandoned in the second innings.

Victory for Garstang moved them into second place, three points behind Great Eccleston.

More than 400 runs were scored in their clash with Thornton.

Garstang had first use of their Riverside track, big knocks from the Walling brothers helping them put 211-6 on the board.

Michael Walling struck 47 off 89 balls, the opener scoring six fours.

Batting at three, Mark Walling hit 13 boundaries on his way to a knock of 77.

Matthew Crowther weighed in with a useful 30, that coming off 47 deliveries.

For Thornton, Jordan Beech and Jake Apperley took two wickets apiece.

The visitors made a really determined chase but fell just short, closing on 200-7. Taylor Cornall and Jon Eade scored half-centuries, Cornall hitting 59 and skipper Eade 53.

There were four wickets for Andy Booker, Michael Walling taking 2-61.

Fylde’s win over BAC/EE was an exciting affair with a decent amount of runs scored.

Asked to bat first, Fylde were 197-9, recovering well from the loss of both openers to single-figure scores.

Michael Watkinson scored 55, skipper David Crawforth 41 and Joe McMillan 33.

BAC/E’s Hussain Yusuf returned figures of 3-16 in just three overs, Nikesh Moddessa and Jonathon Hothersall taking two apiece. In reply, BAC/EE’s major knocks came from Modessa and Thomas Wilcock.

Modessa hit 50 and Wilcock 40, while lower down the order, Ben Dawson hit an unbeaten 22 and Oliver Austin 13.

They fell just short of their target though, finishing on 183-8.

The rain came at the wrong time for leaders Great Eccleston who looked to be on the course for a win against Hoghton at Hall Lane.

The put 252-5 on the board after electing to bat first, a fine knock of 72 coming from the bat of Mohamed Nadeem.

James Thistlethwaite scored 60 at the top of the order, with Adam Green adding 43.

Hoghton were 100-5 in reply when the rain came, with the game abandoned.

Vernon Carus scored a healthy 205-6 in their visit to Freckleton and had their hosts at 48-4 when the weather intervened.

Ben Duerden and Christian Ash both hit 45 for Vernons.

Longridge were 166 all out against Croston, the hosts 138-8 when play stopped.

Fulwood and Broughton’s clash with Penwortham was another victim of the rain.

Meanwhile, Thornton Cleveleys and Vernon Carus will contest the Meyler Cup final next month.

Vernons won against Penwortham at Middleforth, with Thornton beating Longridge by five wickets.

Batting first, Longridge were 165-9 in 40 overs, Tom Howarth top-scoring with 38.

Thornton overcame the loss of their top three batsmen to launch a successful chase, Daniel Howard hitting 57 not out and Rob Dingle 52.

Chorley maintained their Northern League Division One title aspirations with a comprehensive victory over derby rivals Preston at West Cliff.

Andrew Holdsworth’s men are in fourth spot in the table – just 13 points behind the leaders Fleetwood.

They inflicted the 14th outright defeat on the home side, who have yet to register a single victory this season from 15 games.

Once again, Preston failed to reach three figures with the bat as they were bowled out for 92 in reply to Chorley’s considerable first innings score of 246-3. Aussie leg spinner Brenton McDonald was the executioner-in-chief for the visitors as he took 6-13.

Earlier, McDonald had displayed his all-round skills by slaying the home attack to all parts of the ground in a brilliant century knock.

He was not the only person to hit three-figures – Ian James Dickinson finished unbeaten on 111.

Meanwhile, Leyland climbed into the top half of the table by earning a winning draw over Kendal at Fox Lane in a rain-affected match. Lancashire batsman Luis Reece returned to action for his home-town club after a spell out of the game with a broken wrist. He scored 19 as David Makinson’s men posted 214-6 after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Chris Parkinson top scored with 55 while South African pro Richardt Frenz fell one run short of a half-century.

Reece then grabbed a couple of wickets before the weather brought an end to proceedings with Kendal on 101-4 in reply.

On Sunday, Leyland’s interest in the ECB Knockout Competition ended at the fifth round stage when they were beaten by Chester-le-Street away.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat first, Leyland’s score of 187 all out owed much to a brilliant century by Nathan McDonnell.

He hit 11 boundaries and fives sixes in his 91-ball knock, but proved to be the only visiting batsman who mastered the conditions as only one other batsman reached double figures.

The home side ran out comfortable five-wicket victors thanks in the main to excellent 85-run partnership between Simon Birtwistle (68) and Quentin Hughes (70) for the third wicket.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Northern League, Fleetwood remain on top after a tight two-wicket home win over Lancaster.

Reigning champions Blackpool earned a winning draw in a rain-affected match against St Annes, while third-placed Darwen were beaten by Barrow after being dismissed for a paltry 92.

In the final match of the weekend, Morecambe’s comprehensive win over Penrith means they remain just a point off the top.