1st XI fall Shaw-t in Cup Final

by | Thursday August 11th 2022 | Cricket

The first team’s hopes of completing a league and cup double in successive years were dashed last Sunday when they were outshone by Shaw.

The Oldham-based Premier League 2 opponents stacked up a daunting 303 in the Derek Kay GMCL Cup at the neutral venue of Roe Green, sparked by an opening blast from Daron Cruickshank, hitting 116 in 102 balls, and backed up by middle order knocks of 54 from Iftikhar Naseer and 42 from Lincoln Roberts.

Ryan Maddock was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4 for 52, and Sam Holden 2 for 57.

Prestwich needed one of their trademark good starts, but wickets fell at regular intervals and only 68 from pro Shivam Chauhan kept hopes flickering until they were doused on 160 all out.

The previous day, the 1sts had made short work of their trip to Moorside in what was – all but in name – a T20 game. Maddock proved too hot to handle with a rampaging return of 6 for 35 and Nathan Bailey 4 for 41 as the home side were dismissed for 76 in barely 20 overs. Bailey’s haul took him to 16th place in the club bowling charts with 270 first-team wickets – one above Stan Thompson.

Ryan Maddock in action during the Derek Kay Cup Final after taking 6-35 at Moorside in the league the day before.

Prestwich took 13.1 overs to reach the target for the loss of three wickets, as Danny Pawson (24), James Wharmby (20) and Chauhan (15 not out) ensured victory, maintaining a 10-point cushion at the top of the Premier League from nearest challengers Woodbank.

The 2nd XI chalked up a thrilling win against Adlington 1sts by 18 runs.

After opener Thomas Orrell had cracked 42, Prestwich slumped to 81-7 before a game-changing stand of 58 between skipper Steven Lorenzini (32) and Nick Carter (21 not out), put a half-decent total of 150 on the board.

Jack Doyle grabbed 3 for 40 and Uwais Khaliq 3 for 44 to peg the visitors back before Charlie Jackson grabbed the final wicket of Ryan Kane for 24 to give him excellent figures of 3 for 16.

The 3rd XI suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday in the semi-final of the Premier Sunday Cup when the total of 208 for 5 set by Greenfield 3rds proved too tough a task, for whom Oliver Sleight made an unbeaten 96. Charlie Jackson was the best of the home bowling, taking 3 for 48.

Jackson then made 20 opening the batting, and Chris Nuttall struck a top score of 46 in the middle order, but it was not enough and the Prestwich reply fizzled out on 131.

There was a change of fortune, however, as the 4th XI now have a final date after registering a momentous victory over Daisy Hill 2nds – by the nail-biting margin of one wicket.

The hosts racked up a challenging 191 for 9 in the Sunday Plate semi-final, with Liam Potts taking 3 for 34, Khalid Noori 2 for 30 and Damon Montgomery 2 for 32.

Prestwich made a solid start with Damon Montgomery (34) and Andrew Beet (36) at the top of the order and a fine 44 from Matthew Eaves in the middle, but work still had to be done at 151 for 7. A vital stand of 34 between Gary Hershcovitch (12) and Potts left the visitors scenting victory, and despite the loss of two more wickets, an unbeaten 26 from man-of-the-match Potts guided the team home with captain Pete Staley assisting at the crease.

The 5th team lost out in a close encounter with Wilmslow after posting a total of 194 for 6 from 35 overs. Shaheryar Khan struck 81 from 54 balls, and Richard Hatchett made an unbeaten 50 before retiring.

Mike Orrell took 3 for 40 and Max Sworder 2 for 13 but the home side edged home with two wickets and four balls to spare.

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