PRESTWICH first-team captain Andy Bradley is already itching to get the new cricket season up and running after a confidence-boosting first campaign in the Greater Manchester Cricket League.

No sooner has the new year started, planning is already in full swing for a repeat performance, with fingers crossed that the first team, which finished second in the Premier League, can go one better.

Bradley has plenty to be satisfied about on a personal level after the experienced spin bowler picked up the top tier's bowling medal last season.

But the fact Prestwich lost the out on the title on the final day, with defeat in a showdown at home to champions Egerton, ensures he goes into 2017 with a clear objective.

There are signs that any platform for a title bid will come from within the club, with key personnel from last year's successful side remaining in place and top talent in the second team, which won the Division Three championship last season, expected to step up a level.

The strength in depth at the club was demonstrated at the GMCL's end of season dinner when, along with Bradley's bowling medal, Tom Gibson won the Premier League's fielding prize, while Lewis Smith was presented with the Division batting and fielding awards and Nick Carter picked up the fourth tier's bowling medal.

Bradley said: "The awards dinner just whetted our appetite for next season, which we are all really looking forward to.

"Obviously, I was very proud to have won the bowling medal in the Premier League's first ever season, beating some quality bowlers.

"Tom Gibson deserved the fielding award, in my opinion, as he is the best fielder I have ever seen at amateur level.

"Lewis Smith in the second team did very well to win that batting award and should be pushing for a regular first-team slot next season.

"And the ever-dependable Karl West was rightly recognised with the third-team fielding medal.

"We've also got plenty of good youngsters coming through too and that was proven by all of our junior award winners during the league presentation."

The awards, which were given using the league’s CricHQ stats for the season, included a number for Prestwich's junior players.

Nathan Bailey won the fielding medal for the Under-18s West Division, while Finlay Wood claimed the same prize in the U13s Premier Division and Max Rogers won the U13s wicketkeeping medal.

Prestwich were also U11s Cup winners, with Luca White earning the competition's Most Valuable Player Award.