Prest­bury ap­ply pres­sure on lead­ers

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - BILL LIVESLEY

PREST­BURY took on Chelford know­ing only a win would keep pres­sure on the teams above them.

Af­ter win­ning the toss, open­ers Stu Costello and Steve old­field hit 13 runs from six overs be­fore Costello was out lbw for 10.

Old­field then went for a sin­gle run, so with Guri Singh and tom Livesley fresh to the wicket, they needed to build a part­ner­ship.

Slowly, both bats­men worked the ball around the wicket and af­ter 28 overs they had put to­gether a 103 part­ner­ship.

Livesley was out for a pa­tient 61 off 94 balls but when Tre­mayne Ry­der went se­cond ball (0) and Aqeel Ahmed also went quickly for 3, fol­lowed by Kavin Shan­mugam for 6, reach­ing a de­fend­able to­tal was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult as the score was at 130 for 6 off 40 overs.

But Chris Hall, in his first match for the firsts this sea­son, smashed 40 off 18 with six fours and two sixes and with Singh he took the score to 180 off 44 overs in a part­ner­ship of 54 off 27 balls.

Hall was out, caught, and this brought in Ben Oakes (1). At the close of the 45 overs Sam Gild­ing was not out (2) and that man Singh 55 not out.

Prest­bury fin­ished on 187 for 8.

Chelford started af­ter tea on reach­ing 188 but Ry­der got both open­ers – 15 for 2 off four overs.

The Chelford bats­men got the in­nings go­ing, tak­ing the score to 75 off 14 overs, but Prest­bury cap­tain Oakes was ro­tat­ing his bowl­ing at­tack, in­tro­duc­ing off spin­ner Cameron Kirk­land.

He had early suc­cess when Ry­der caught H Khalid for 32 but Chelford took the score to 102 be­fore Kirk­land struck again hav­ing M Tahir caught by Shan­mugam for 18.

Prest­bury now started to take con­trol as Singh got F Khalid lbw for 35, Singh then bowled Z Khan (0), then Zu Khan lbw for 10.

Chelford were now 121 for 7 and it was soon was 133 for 8 when A Sa­jwa was lbw to Singh.

The end was near and Kirk­land wrapped it up when he had V Khan caught for 3, Chelford 133 all out.

Prest­bury bowl­ing Singh 4 for 30, Kirk­land 4 for 39 and Ry­der 2 for 21. Joint man of the match Guri Singh and Tom Livesley. Next week Prest­bury are at league lead­ers Kingsley.

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