High-flying Denton St Lawrence had their wings clipped in the Derek Kay Cup after another power-packed batting performance from Prestwich 1sts last Sunday.
Opener James Wharmby – pictured – cracked 95 (12 fours, 4 sixes), taking him past the 500-run mark for the season – to lay the foundations of a 265 total supported by Sam Holden (43), back-from-injury Marty Walters (35), sub pro Sachithra Serasinghe (35) and Alex Taylor (20 not out).
DSL started off like a house on fire, racing to 84 from 11 overs for the loss of just one wicket until Andy Bradley claimed the wicket of pro Neil Hornbuckle for 48 to trigger a collapse. Bradley finished with 5 for 32, aided by Aaryaman Roy (2 for 11), before Taylor grabbed the last wicket to dismiss the visitors for 145. It was Bradders’ 68th five-wicket haul,
Rain had shortened the previous day’s league game at Astley & Tyldesley where Prestwich 1sts emerged victors by 27 runs under the DLS method.
They scored 156 for 5 from 20 overs spearheaded by a rapid innings of 76 from Sam Holden, hitting 5 fours and 6 sixes in his 40-ball stay. Taylor hit 2 sixes in his 21 and then played a major role in ousting the hosts for 133, taking 4 for 15, while Holden kept himself in the action with figures of 2 for 37.
Prestwich 2nd XI’s home game against Golbourne 1sts was also rain-affected and they made a modest 116, which was surpassed by the visitors with 4 wickets to spare, Muhammad Arif grabbing 3 for 27, and Adam Cheshire 2 for 21.
Prestwich Patriots (2nds) had also suffered defeat last Thursday in the T20 2nd team cup at the hands of Heyside Hyenas, but victory was only secured with 2 balls to spare. Daniel Ahern made an excellent 60 and Jack Doyle 38 to post a Prestwich total of 137-7. Muhammad Arif took 4-30 and Umar Arif 2-26 as a thrilling finish saw Heyside reach 139 for 7.
Prestwich 3rds fell 29 runs short of the Glodwick 3rd team target of 179 for 7 last Sunday. Uwais Khaliq made 35, but the side slumped to 85 for 6 until a partnership between Umar Arif (30) and skipper Pete Lorenzini (29) brought renewed hope, before being bowled out for 150.
Prestwich 4ths travelled to Winton 3rds where the home team made 177-6, Simon Jackson taking 3 for 39.
Gary Prescott made 31 and skipper Pete Staley an unbeaten 22, but they could only reach 87 for 9 at the end of 40 overs.