PRESTWICH captain Andy Bradley has called on the Greater Manchester Cricket League to factor reserve days into next season's fixture schedule after they were knocked out of the First XI Cup on a bowl off.

Club professional Martyn Walters hit an unbeaten century to help Prestwich post a total of 203-8 before the rain came and hosts Heywood were unable to bat.

Walters clipped the stumps in Prestwich's first attempt of the bowl off but failed to dislodge the bails, and the home side went on to win cricket's equivalent of a penalty shootout 6-2.

"You know it's not going to be your day when something like that happens to your pro," said Bradley.

"To be fair to Heywood, to hit the stumps with six of their 11 attempts was a pretty incredible effort.

"In all my years playing cricket I think I have only seen a team knock the bails off three times in a bowl off, so all credit has to go to them for that, but I really don't see why this game had to be settled like that.

"Marty put in an absolute masterclass with the bat to get to 112 not out on what was a poor wicket. It would have been very difficult for Heywood to have won the game had it gone the distance.

"So to lose having seen Marty play an innings like that was a bit difficult to take really, especially when we have got so many free Sundays for the rest of the calendar.

"It's not sour grapes, I am sure I am not the only captain saying that.

"One of the other ties was rescheduled before the weekend, for whatever reason, and there was a lot of talk about that in the dressing room.

"It's galling to think they might get their tie played in bright sunshine and we had to settle for a bowl off.

"If there had been some kind of plan put in place, the game could have been played again from scratch or just picked up where we left off."

The cup knockout followed a difficult few days for the club.

Following a scorecard amnesty, it was finally revealed last week that Prestwich had missed out on the quarter-finals of the GMCL20 due to run-rate despite finishing second in Pool Four, edged out by other lucky losers Woodbank, Greenmount and Flixton.

They then lost their unbeaten record in the GMCL Premier Division in heartbreaking fashion, losing by one run at second-placed Egerton.

Bradley was left at the crease after last-man Mike Finan was run out with three balls of the Prestwich innings remaining.

And while the skipper said his team imploded with victory in their sights after falling agonisingly short of Egerton's relatively small total of 169, he was full of praise for his rivals' bowling attack.

"Adam Street bowled a really good second spell, so you have got to hand it to them," said Bradley, acknowledging Egerton as the club's closest challengers for the title.

"Egerton have a plan and stick to it.

"They have one seamer and four spinners, which is particularly effective on their home pitch.

"They are well-drilled and well organised and you had to be impressed with the way they dug in and kept fighting when it looked as if we had the game won."