Prestbury hold nerve after struggling rivals
PRESTBURY held their nerve to see off struggling Heaton Mersey and hold on to second place in the league.
With club captain Ben Oakes away on parenting duty, Sam Gilding led the side.
After Heaton Mersey won the toss and asked Prestbury to bat, openers Ben McKeever and Steve Oldfield started steadily, scoring 15 off eight overs until McKeever was lbw for six.
That brought Guri Singh to the wicket and with Oldfield they took the score to 37.
When Singh (2) was bowled, Aqeel Ahmed came in and tried to push the scoring rate up but it was not easy and he was out, bowled for 16.
In the next over Oldfield was also bowled for a solid 38, so Prestbury were 66 for 4 off 24 overs with two new batsmen at the crease in Stuart Burnell and Simon Edmunds.
However, Edmunds (3) was soon out. Kavin Shanmugam joined Burnell and they took the score on to 106 when Burnell was caught for a good knock of 23.
Soon, Prestbury were 114 for 7 as Tremayne Ryder (1) and then Shanmugam (19) were out. Neither Chris Hall (3) or Gilding (2) stuck around for long, leaving Cameron (2 not out) the unbeaten man.
Prestbury’s innings closed at 122 off 44 overs, meaning they needed 123 to win off 46 overs.
Prestbury had an ideal start when Singh had Fair and Barnett both lbw without scoring. The score was 7-3 when Ryder bowled Lisney (7).
Heaton Mersey started to rebuild the innings but when Ahmed was brought on to bowl he had Gandy caught by Oldfield for 12 and at 61, with Kirkland brought into the attack, Ainscough was caught for 10.