Duo show Prestbury what they’ve been missing
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.