THE Greater Manchester Cricket League's grand debut felt more like a damp squib, according to Prestwich captain Andy Bradley.

Only one game in the Premier Division went ahead, with Prestwich's match at home to Flixton falling victim of the bad weather.

Prestwich's opener was due to take place at Elton Vale, with flooding on their home ground ruling out play for the foreseeable future.

"At the moment it looks like our ground will be out of action until mid-May," said Bradley.

"As I understand it, we need a few consecutive days without rain before we can get the heavy machinery on it to put some verti-drains in.

"Then it will be a case of re-seeding the pitch and waiting for it to grow.

"So we have had to find alternative venues, not just for the first team but the second and thirds as well, up until about mid-May."

While Prestwich have suffered a frustrating start to life in the new GMCL, last season's league and cup double winners in the Lancashire County League have not been alone.

"It should have been a really big occasion, the opening weekend of the new GMCL, but the only phrase I could use to describe it was a damp squib," added Bradley.

"It's such a shame because there was so much excitement building around it, I just hope we can get some better weather and get some cricket soon."

Bradley’s men travel to former Lancashire County rivals Glossop this weekend, and while preparations have been far from ideal he has high hopes for their debut GMCL campaign.

“We will be missing (batsman) Ali Raza for the first half of the season, but we have kept the majority of the double-winning squad together and added all-rounder Kazim Memon,” he said.

“Our target at the start of the season is to finish in the top three. It is hard to say how it will go at the minute as we don’t know the standard of most of the other teams in the division.

“But we know Glossop well and we know it will be a tough opener for us, especially at their ground, and that is all we can really focus on at the minute.”

Elsewhere, Stand battled back from a difficult start to their innings to record a three-wicket win at Stretford in their opening match in Division Two of the GMCL.

Stretford were bowled out for 144 in the final over of their innings and had Stand struggling at 60-7 before Ateeq steadied the ship, hitting eight sixes in an explosive innings of 91 to guide them past their target.

Weather permitting, Stand will play their first home game of the campaign on Saturday, entertaining local rivals Brooksbottom.