Prest­bury hold nerve af­ter strug­gling ri­vals

Macclesfield Express - - TRAVEL - BILL LIVESLEY

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.

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