PRESTWICH'S title chances are suddenly back in their own hands after a weekend of high drama in the Greater Manchester Cricket Premier League.

Andy Bradley's long-time league leaders dropped to third following a recent run of three straight defeats.

But after a welcome return to form against Bury the weekend before last they built on that win with a six-wicket victory at home to second-placed Clifton on Saturday.

Table-toppers Egerton compounded the turnaround, losing by four wickets at home to Flixton.

And while Prestwich remain third, the sequence of results brought them to within one point of Clifton, with a game in hand, and three points behind Egerton, with a final-day decider looming at home to their rivals.

"We're back in it again," said Bradley.

"It's in our hands. If we win every single one of our five remaining games then we will be champions."

Bradley is not getting too carried away with title talk just yet, though.

He believes his side face the toughest run-in of all the top three.

Their remaining matches start with a trip to Denton St Lawrence on Saturday, before the visit of relegation battlers Greenmount the following weekend.

They then face a double-header, at bottom club Edgworth on September 3 and at home to Egerton's conquerors Flixton the following day, before that potential decider against Egerton on September 10.

"It's definitely the hardest run-in," said Bradley.

"We've just had to play the second-placed side, and still have the fifth (Denton St Lawrence), fourth (Flixton) and first (Egerton) to come, as well as matches against two sides fighting for their lives.

"Greenmount are a good side. They have good players and are in a false position.

"So they are all important now, but there is no point in looking ahead. Lose one and we will be out of the race again so all we can concentrate on is Denton St Lawrence."

And Bradley says he will be using every tool at his disposal to clinch the wins they need for the title.

"We chose to play the game against Clifton on an older, slower pitch, to negate their two quick bowlers, and it worked a treat," he said.

"It worked in our favour because I was able to bowl my full 15 overs of spin, which tied them down, while Mike Finan produced a superb spell of bowling to take six wickets.

"He bowled really intelligently, throwing in a series of cutters and slower balls and it worked a treat."

Only Adam Holt was able to get amongst the runs for Clifton, making 63, as Finan took 6-40 and both Bradley (2-37) and Nathan Bailey (2-26) claimed two wickets apiece to bowl out the visitors for 163.

Prestwich opener Ryan Stanbury set about the Clifton bowlers early, smashing 69 from 52 balls, and a 30 from pro Marty Walters and unbeaten 30 from Sam Holden fired the home side past their target inside 30 overs.