Pair of Jacks play a winning hand

by | Wednesday August 17th 2022 | Cricket

The club’s four senior teams in league action last weekend all proved too hot to handle.

The 1sts turned up the heat to beat Walshaw by 113 runs, led by Lewis Smith (61) and Jack Doyle (56), backed up by 29 from Dave Taylor, whose last first team appearance was in 2014, and Ryan Maddock (27).
They boosted the total to a healthy 216 all out with Walshaw’s Shahrukh Khan taking 5 for 62.

Maddock was then in full swing with the ball, notching his fourth five-wicket haul of the season. He returned superb figures of 6 for 68 and took him to 61 wickets for the season. Likewise, Nathan Bailey continued his fantastic summer, bagging 4 for 30, and the home side were dismissed for 103.

With Woodbank losing, this has pushed Prestwich 16 points clear at the top of the GMCL Premier Division.

The 2nds were in good batting nick too at home against Astley & Tyldesley, exemplified by Jack O’Brien’s century. He cracked 101 from 81 balls, containing 10 fours and four sixes, and he followed this up by taking 3 for 30 with the ball.

Uwais Khaliq (39) and knocks of 24 from Thomas Orrell and Finlay Lester helped rack up a total of 284 all out. Khaliq then took the bowling accolade with 5 for 47, and with O’Brien’s assistance, helped to restrict the visitors to 196 all out.

The 3rd XI recorded an 81-run victory against South West Manchester 3rds after posting a total of 190 all out. It was a real team effort as only two players did not reach double figures. Ali Sherazi top scored on 40 and Dylan Kane made 34.

Karl West did the damage to the top order, grabbing four of the first five wickets to fall, plunging the home side to 35 for 5. He finished with figures of 4 for 16, and Anees Arif (3 for 32) and Finlay Lester 2 for 26 were willing assistants in bowling out their opponents for 109.

A total of 197 for 6 was set by Prestwich 4ths in their home clash with South West Manchester 4ths and it proved 71 runs too good.

A solid start from Richard Hatchett (38), Ellis Compton (34), followed by 22 from Khalid Noori and 20 from Matthew Eaves, laid a good foundation, but the key partnership lay in an unbroken 6th wicket stand of 63 between Sam Staley (30 not out) and Thomas Hatchett (29 not out) to push the total to a challenging figure.

The same two players then capped a fine match as Staley took 3 for 15 and Hatchett 4 for 48 to secure victory.

The 5th team friendly against Bramhall ended in defeat by 51 runs. The home side set a target of 202 for 9 with two wickets each for Mike Orrell, Manav Sharma and Sahil Khan.

Prestwich finished their reply on 151 for 8, with Nathan Goodman retiring on 50 not out and Sahil Khan making 30.

Last Friday, the 4ths made a return trip to North Wales to meet their cricketing friends at Colwyn Bay who again played perfect hosts – apart from not allowing the visitors to win! Alas, Prestwich wilted in the heat in vain pursuit of the 200-plus total.