by | Sunday September 11th 2022 | Cricket

Prestwich are GMCL Premier Division champions for the second consecutive year.

Their game at Edgworth was called off without a ball being bowled after the pitch was deemed unfit.

Following heavy rain on Friday, two large stretches of the square – worn creases from previous wickets – had turned into mud patches. Despite time being given for the areas to dry out, they did not do so in time, giving Prestwich 2 points and the league title.

With one game of the season left, they are 8 points ahead, with only a maximum 6 points per game possible.

There was play, however, at Prestwich where the 2nd team defeated high-flying Daisy Hill 1sts by 41 runs.

The Prestwich innings represented a poor man’s sandwich. A solid top and bottom, but nothing in the middle.

A half century from Mike Hudson and 32 from Uwais Khaliq gave the team a good start, but at 113 for 7, the wheels appeared to have come off.

However, the lower order rallied to excellent effect as Matthew Cuthbert (43), skipper Steven Lorenzini (25), Charlie Jackson (15) and Dylan Kane (14), pushed the total to an unlikely 209 all out.

Hill were pegged back to 28 for 3, but then made steady progress and the game was in the balance at 140 for 5, before a volley of quick wickets from Khaliq proved decisive.

Uwais Khaliq in action as Prestwich 2XI beat Daisy Hill by 41 runs.

He finished with superb figures of 6 for 56, backed up well by Wilf Reeve’s 2 for 28, and a wicket each for Jackson and Adam Cheshire.