Aquell goes from zero to hero for Prest­bury

Macclesfield Express - - SEARCH - BILL LIVESLEY

A BIG week­end for Prest­bury started with a league game against Ash­ley.

Cap­tain Ben Oakes won toss and put Ash­ley into bat. Aussie Tim Braen­der picked up an early wicket but Ash­ley stead­ied them­selves and reached 106 for 4. They looked to be build­ing a good to­tal but wick­ets were com­ing Prest­bury’s way.

Sam Gild­ing was the main man, tak­ing 3 for 20. He was sup­ported by some good field­ing and in the end Ash­ley made 224 all out.

It was the first time Prest­bury have bowled a side out this sea­son.

At 17 for 3 it looked like the game would be all over very quickly but Tom Livesley, in one of his steady in­nings, made 57.

He was well sup­ported by Ab­dul­lah Waseem (31) and Rom­mel Gon­dal (23) while others chipped in – Ben Oakes (13), Archie Thor­n­ey­croft (13).

Prest­bury only fell short by 23 runs at 201 all out, so this set up Sun­day’s clash against Stock­port Trin­ity in the Cheshire Shield.

Oakes won the toss and put Trin­ity into bat. They made a solid start and were on top at 161 for 5 at over six an over.

There was a col­lapse to 169 for 8 but a good ef­fort by the 10 and 11 bats­men meant Prest­bury were chas­ing off 45 overs 218 to win.

Up stepped Aquell Ahmed – hav­ing been out for a duck on Satur­day – and he pro­ceeded to hit 129 not out. It was a su­per in­nings in­clud­ing 14 fours and seven sixes, backed up in a 112 un­bro­ken part­ner­ship with Ak­bar Vohra who made 13 but played his part. Prest­bury were home and hosed with nine overs to spare.

POYN­TON’S dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son con­tin­ued and the club re­main in the rel­e­ga­tion zone in sec­ond bot­tom po­si­tion.

Poyn­ton were al­ready up against it at 32-3, and then from 63-3, the re­main­ing wick­ets fell for just 16 more runs, as Ross Ar­row­smith (5-18) scythed through the Poyn­ton line up. Rob Bowden top scored with 27. With 34 not out from An­drew Clarke and 30 from Will Ritchie, Dis­ley reached their tar­get in just 18 overs for the loss of only one wicket.

●● Aquell Ahmed bounced back from a duck on Satur­day to score 129 not out on Sun­day

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