NETHERFIELD Cricket Club were on the wrong side of an agonising two-wicket defeat to Garstang last weekend.

On a rain affected afternoon last Saturday saw Netherfield's competitive first innings total of 143 reduced.

Garstang were then set a modest 126 to chase,

However, despite having fewer runs to defend, Netherfield pushed Garstang all the way.

The highlight of the bowling performances was Oli Wileman who returned figures of 5-20.

Despite this, an undefeated knock of 68 by Michael Wallings guided the hosts to victory against Netherfield.

Netherfield who won the toss and elected to bat.

They battled through the rain reduced 46 overs, thanks to the lower order batting of Finlay Richardson.

Richardson posted an undefeated 34.

Fellow batsman James Bowman scored 31.

Ben Barrow and Josh Dixon both contributed with Ritchie Forsyth scoring 18.

Garstang's wickets were shared throughout the side with Ian Walling the pick of the bowlers taking figures of 2-35.

However, after more rain Netherfield were given a reduced total to defend.

Wileman's impressive return of 5-20 applied increasing pressure on the hosts.

Garstang did frustrate Netherfield.

Michael Walling batted well throughout the second innings and posted an undefeated 68.

Garstang sub-professional Ashar Zaidi scored 31.

Zaidi who used to be Netherfield’s sub srofessional a few years ago batted relatively well for his 31 forming a partnership with Walling.

Wileman who used to play for Ambleside had bowled well during his five-wicket haul at Hudson Park.

He took the wickets of Zaidi, Dan Curwen, Walling.

Mohamed Yusuf and Toby Lush were also victims of Wileman's bowling.

However, Garstang edged over the line with Walling and Danny Gilbert in at the end.

They eventually closed on 126-8 off 35 overs.

Netherfield next fixture is at home to fellow Northern League side Fulwood & Broughton on Saturday 22 May.