Prestwich march on in National and Lancashire Knockout competitions

Tom Gibson took three catches to help Prestwich beat Read in the Lancashire KO

Tom Gibson took three catches to help Prestwich beat Read in the Lancashire KO

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THE bad weather of last weekend failed to rain on the Prestwich parade as the Heys Road men progressed in both the Lancashire and National Knockout competitions.

Saturday’s downpour washed out their Lancashire County League match at home to Thornham and bad weather meant there was no play in their re-arranged National KO match against Bolton League side Farnworth.

But Prestwich won the resulting bowl-off 4-2, with skipper Andy Bradley, Tom Gibson. Tom Scott and Lewis Jarvis all struck the stumps on Sunday to clinch victory over Farnworth in the bowl-out.

They then followed that up on Monday with an eight-run, first-round victory over Ribblesdale League side Read in the prestigious Lancashire KO.

It was third-time lucky for the local spectators who had been hoping for a Bank Holiday cricket bonanza.

But while they were made to wait, in the end the Prestwich supporters were served up with a nail-biting finish.

Prestiwch struggled to 155 as the Read attack and rain-sodden ground proved a real battle, although South African strike bowler Brandon Scullard was somewhat nullified as he failed to grab a wicket.

In reply, Prestwich’s Sam Holden took the bowling limelight with 4-18, together with a brace from Bradley and Ryan Stanbury, while Scott and Jarvis grabbed a wicket apiece.

Gibson also played his part magnificently in the field with three catches, including a stupendous one-handed diving pouch at point to remove one of Read’s top order.

Stanbury pocketed the final wicket to leave Read stranded on 147 all out.

The victory clinched Prestwich a tie against Northern League side Leyland in the second round.

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