STAND pushed home side Unsworth all the way before going down to a third tight defeat from four games in Division One of the Greater Manchester League.

Stuart Catterall's men were playing two levels below their local rivals last season, but there was not too much to choose between the two sides on Saturday.

Half centuries from Chris Thomas (52) and Danish Ateeq (62) helped the visitors reach 209 before they were bowled out with two of their allotted overs remaining.

They then had Unsworth wobbling on 130-6 before former Bury all-rounder Mohammed Jahangir came to the crease, and his unbeaten 41 from 41 balls saw the home side home.

"I felt we were a bit unlucky to lose a good game of cricket," said Catterall, whose side could and possibly should have won their two previous defeats against Greenmount and Flowery Field and be sitting on four wins from four.

"We started both innings poorly but from being 7-2, Danish Ateeq and Chris Thomas batted very well to lay the foundation for a competitive score of 209, though we lost our last few wickets cheaply.

"Again with the ball, we dragged back a poor start with the spinners keeping it relatively tight and picking up wickets but some big shots late in the game saw Unsworth home."

Ateeq was the pick of the Stand bowlers with 3-57, while Catterall and Ali Azmat both claimed two wickets.

Neighbours Prestwich, meanwhile, chased down a target of 284 to win by a wicket at home to Denton West.

Ryan Stanbury had a great game, taking 4-61 before opening the Prestwich innings with 62.

Sam Holden proved to be the star, though, crashing 105 from 50 balls, hitting seven fours and nine sixes along the way.

He led the home side from 133-2 to 280-9 before last two men Andy Bradley and Wilf Reeve got them over the line.