ANDY Bradley admits to being a relieved man after stepping down as captain of Prestwich with the cricket club's place in the top tier of the Greater Manchester League in tact.

Prestwich went into the final weekend of the Premier Division season needing to win to be sure of survival.

But bad weather wiped out Saturday's fixtures, meaning the club finished eighth, two points and one place above the drop zone.

The wash-out meant Prestwich were unable to fight for a place in next year's Lancashire Knockout, with the top seven qualifying for the county competition.

But Bradley, who had already decided to call time on his seven years as skipper at the end of the campaign, says his main concern was avoiding relegation.

"Obviously it is disappointing we are not in the Lancs Knockout but if, at the start of the day, you had offered me Premier Division survival or a place in the LCB I would have taken league safety, thank you very much.

"It is a massive relief, if I am honest."

The 43-year-old had enjoyed a few years of unrivalled success as captain and was eager not to blot his copy book in his final campaign.

Under the skipper's watch, they won the league and cup double with a record points total in the final season of the Lancashire County League, then narrowly missed out on the GMCL Premier Division title last year, losing out to Egerton in a final-day showdown.

Bradley, who spent many years as vice captain before stepping up to the top job, now intends to continue as a player, but says he will always be available as a sounding board for whoever replaces him.

"It is just a natural progression that one of the younger players should step into my shoes," he said.

"It was my decision to finish now. I am going to be 44 next season and I am looking forward to just enjoying being a player again.

"I let someone else captain the T20 side this year and it was great to be able to just concentrate on my bowling.

"I am looking forward to doing that more next season.

"I will always be there to offer my help and advice if it is wanted, but the time was right to let someone else have a go."

Stand, meanwhile, missed out on the chance to battle for back-to-back promotions after their match at home to Stretford was abandoned without play.

Stuart Catterall's men finished sixth in Division One of the GMCL, two points outside the top four.