SAM Holden produced an explosive batting performance to power Prestwich through the opening round of the Lancashire Knockout with a 25-run victory at home to Pennine League Premiership side Greenfield on Sunday.

There was less to cheer on the home front, however, as Prestwich lost on run-rate against Unsworth in atrocious conditions in the Greater Manchester League's T20 competition on Friday, while Saturday's Premier Division GMCL match against Bury was abandoned without play due to rain.

But captain Andy Bradley was pleased to set up a Lancashire KO second-round trip to Blackpool, where they will take on the Northern Premier side on the county ground.

"This is a competition that we targeted before the start of the season," said Bradley. "With the draw being done all the way to the final the boys knew there was a chance we could be playing at Blackpool in the next round, so that added a little bit of extra incentive, to play on a ground that also hosts Lancashire matches.

"Sam Holden's performance stood out for me as he absolutely tore James Muirhead, the Greenfield pro, apart.

"Muirhead plays for Australia's T20 side, but Sam hit him all over the place.

"Greenfield is a small ground, but even so he just seemed to hit boundary after boundary."

Holden came in at number four with Prestwich struggling on 26-2 but proceeded to hit 90 from 54 balls, including eight sixes and six fours.

He put on a third-wicket partnership of 140 with opener James Wharmby, who made 65 from 62 balls, while all-rounder Tom Gibson added an unbeaten 20 as Prestwich finished their 34 overs on 231-9.

Muirhead, who has played two T20 internationals for Australia, conceded 85 runs from his seven overs, and while Holden eventually fell to his legbreak, one of two victims for the Perth-based cricketer, the damage had already been done.

He did attempt to make amends with the bat, smashing 86 from 62 balls, but other than opener Chris Gill, who was run out for 47, no other Greenfield batsman was able to stick around long enough to nudge them to victory.

Gibson (3-43) and Tom Scott (3-23) shared six Greenfield wickets, while Holden swept up the tail, taking 2-40, to book Prestwich's trip to Blackpool, with their second-round match due to be played on Sunday, June 12.

Prestwich have it all to do if they are to be successful in the GMCL's T20 competition after losing their first Pool Four match at home to Unsworth on run-rate.

Nathan Bailey took 3-15, while Scott and Holden took two wickets each as Prestwich restricted the visitors to 141-9 from their 20 overs.

But after Prestwich played their entire innings in a downpour, the umpires' finally called time on the game with two overs of their replay remaining and the home side stranded on 125-8.

That left them with 6.94 runs per over, compared to Unsworth's 7.05.

"I don't want to say too much as I'll get into trouble but it was a bit of a farce," said Bradley.

"The rain started to come down at the end of the Unsworth innings and myself and the opposition captain were in agreement that the match should be abandoned but the umpires wanted to get the game on so we went out for our innings, which was played in a deluge.

"The match ended in near farcical conditions and should never have been allowed to get that far, in my opinion."

Gibson was well set, unbeaten on 37, with the Prestwich skipper not out on one when the match was finally called off.