CAPTAIN Andy Bradley hailed the depth of the Prestwich batting order as they kept alive their hopes of a league and cup double.

The Lancashire County League leaders moved 15 points clear of second-placed Denton West on Saturday with a convincing 218-run win against Woodhouses, before also booking their place in the final of the Walkden Cup with victory against Roe Green.

With regular run scorers Martin Walters, Ryan Stanbury and Sam Holden unable to find their batting form, the middle and lower order led the Heys men to victory in both games, something that impressed the skipper.

“The depth of our batting line up is unbelievable,” he said.

“The pro didn’t get any runs on Saturday and Holden, who has also been scoring loads for us, didn’t get any either.

“But we still got nearly 300 with brilliant contributions all the way down.

“We’ve got depth that you rarely see at amateur level.”

The skipper was particularly pleased with the efforts of Mike Hudson, Tom Gibson and Tom Scott.

“The star men for me this week are the ones that don’t normally get the plaudits,” said Bradley.

“Hudson got a 50 on Saturday and finished the game off on Sunday. Gibson was superb under pressure in the cup and James Wharmby also had a good weekend.

“Confidence is really high with everybody at the moment and everyone is chipping in with runs.

“All the batsman are going out there and are being encouraged to play the shots and be positive.”

Prestwich started well against Woodhouses with opening duo Wharmby and Stanbury hitting 36 and 37 respectively.

But when third and fourth batsmen, professional Walters and Holden, were both dismissed for ducks, it looked like the table toppers would struggle.

However number five batsman Ali Raza hit 61, Hudson – in at seven – notched 58 and Scott scored 36.

Gibson (27) also contributed as Prestwich posted 293-8.

Josh Butler was the pick of the Woodhouses bowlers taking 5-132 including five maidens.

The home side’s bowlers got to work on the Woodhouses batting order with Holden taking 5-31 as the visitors were skittled for 75 in reply. Simon Cormie top-scored with 24.

Bradley was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-54 as Prestwich beat Roe Green by five wickets to clinch a place in the final of the Walkden Cup on Sunday.

Luke Norris top-scored with 78 and Jordan Stephens also hit 55 as the hosts posted 247-7.

But a half century from Wharmby led the Prestwich reply.

The opener hit 62 and although Stanbury was dismissed for a duck, Walters (49), Holden (68) and Gibson (32 not out) all contributed as Prestwich posted 248-5 to clinch the victory.

A Jones was the pick of the bowlers taking 2-29.

“It was a really good true pitch and the way we’ve been playing we fancied we could chase it down. And we did it comfortably in the end,” said Bradley.

Prestwich will play Denton St Lawrence in the final.

Prestwich, who have lost just one league game this season, are at home to fourth-placed Denton on Saturday, with Bradley expecting another tough game.

“They are an aggressive side and have some good players, so we are expecting another test,” he said.