Collapse proves costly as Torrisholme fall short

Torrisholme's Andy Butler.
Torrisholme's Andy Butler.
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On a day more befitting to January Torrisholme travelled to Garstang CC in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division for the eagerly awaited local derby.

Matt Jackson won the toss and invited Garstang to bat on a hard but green looking deck.

Michael Wallings (36) was first to fall for Garstang thanks to a catch by Joe Gibbins off the bowling of James Cookson (2-31) and it quickly became 81-2 when Jackson (1-44) combined with Gibbins to have Tom Wells (0) caught again at mid wicket.

This brought Garstang skipper Mark Walling (12) to the crease but he was removed by Cookson with a sharp caught and bowled.

The ageless Jeff Stobbart (3-58) and Gibbins (4-28) then combined with keeper Ben Pye to have Winstanley (9) and Whalley (0) both caught behind.

Pye was soon back in the action working with Stobbart to stump Cook who had batted 35 overs for a well earned 83.

A few cameos from Liaqat (23), Ian Wallings (9) and Jennings (4) saw the score pass 200 but Torrisholme held their nerve, Gibbins bowling Ian Wallings and Stobbart having Jennings caught in the deep to claim the vital bowling points.

However, despite a solid start from Adam Bee (20) and Karl Hansson (24) Torrisholme should have done better.

They were 44-1 after 10 overs, Andy Butler (0) the only wicket lost, bowled by Ian Wallings (4-19) but from there they gifted easy chances to Garstang – I Wallings and R Wells (4-21) taking the gifts on offer, Cookson (1), Ferguson (1), Stobbart (1) and Dan Speight (0) all coming and going without troubling the scorers.

A brief bit of resistance from skipper Jackson (8) was ended when he was cleaned up by Wells.

Pye (0) and Gibbins (1) also departed quickly and Heap (1no) was left stranded in what was a disastrous and costly spell of cricket for Torrisholme.