Duo show Prest­bury what they’ve been missing

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PREST­BURY played host to Hasling­ton on Satur­day in the league and a Cheshire Shield match against Ash­ley on Sun­day.

On Satur­day, cap­tain for the day Max Cow­ley Jones won the toss and de­cided to bat as the club wel­comed back from univer­sity Ben Mil­ner and Adam Philips.

Mil­ner opened with Aqeel Ahamed, who was out af­ter three balls for 0 and Mil­ner was joined by Philips.

The two uni lads showed what the side has been lack­ing in league games – some solid bat­ting be­fore Phillips was out for 19.

Tom Lives­ley made 12, but 64 for two be­came 84 for 6 with Dom Asquith (1), Romeel Gon­dal (6) and Mil­ner (39) all fall­ing.

Maif came in and forced the pace with 39 runs and at 112 for 7 it looked like a 150 score was achiev­able.

But the tail didn’t wag, Ab­dul­lah Waseem (4), Max Cow­ley Jones (2), Archie Thor­n­ey­croft (4) all de­part­ing cheaply to leave the Prest­bury to­tal at a below par 122.

Prest­bury needed early wick­ets but the Hasling­ton opener hit the ball all around the ground for 71 not out.

With a run out and Aqeel Ahmed with 3 for 19, Hasling­ton were at 67 for 4 but Combes (35) not out saw them home by six wick­ets in 20 overs.

Sun­day brought Ash­ley in the sec­ond round of the Cheshire Shield. Ash­ley won the toss and put Prest­bury in. Mil­ner and Aqeel opened and put on 100 for the first wicket off 14 overs.

Aqeel was out for 28 but Mil­ner was well sup­ported by Rami Iyer (26) and they put on 74. Mil­ner went on to notch his maiden club cen­tury, finely out for 115.

Oth­ers chipped in; Gon­dal (19), Tom Lives­ley (31) and cap­tion Ben Oakes (13) with a a to­tal of 276 all out the best of the sea­son for the first XI.

LAN­G­LEY 1st XI dropped to eighth place in the Cheshire Cricket League af­ter their home game with Alder­ley Park was aban­doned due to the square be­ing wa­ter­logged.

Next Satur­day they travel to Over Peover in a cru­cial en­counter with their lo­cal ri­vals cur­rently at the foot of the ta­ble.

Skip­per David Frame was left dis­ap­pointed at the can­cel­la­tion: “Af­ter last week’s win, I was desperate to get some mo­men­tum into our sea­son, the lads were keen to play and many of them were gut­ted when the game was called off, es­pe­cially as all the other matches were played.

“It’s a mas­sive game next week, a must win if we are to avoid a rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle.”

IT was a sec­ond suc­ces­sive week­end with­out cricket for Poynton, which was frus­trat­ing for the club as they will only im­prove their par­lous league po­si­tion by get­ting on the field and win­ning.

Two Satur­days ago, Poynton’s game at Ash­ton-on-Mersey was washed out, while at the same time the brook that runs be­hind their Lon­don Road ground was over­flow­ing onto one corner of the out­field.

All stand­ing wa­ter had gone by last Satur­day, but play was deemed not to be pos­si­ble on health and safety grounds.

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