PRESTWICH head into cup-final weekend top of the Lancashire County League and full of confidence, says captain Andy Bradley.

The Heys Road men are on course for the title after maintaining their 17-point lead thanks to an emphatic 212-run victory against third-bottom Thornham on Saturday — and the skipper admits winning the double in their last season before joining the Greater Manchester Cricket League would be “amazing”.

Bradley’s men could take a giant step towards the dream when they host basement boys Stretford in the league on Saturday and travel to Denton St Lawrence in the Walkden Cup final on Sunday.

But the skipper is warning his side against complacency against Stretford.

He said: “Last year they finished bottom of the league but they beat us twice. We have put that right this year by beating them in the league and cup but they have given us a game on both occasions so we need to be on our guard.”

Bradley admits he is looking forward to the cup clash at fifth-placed Denton St Lawrence on Sunday. Despite Prestwich beating them twice in the league this season, he is wary of the threat the hosts pose.

He said: “We are looking forward to the occasion and playing in front of a big crowd as we have not been in a cup final for a few years. We know they are a good team but if we play to our potential we can beat them.”

Professional Marty Walters smashed his way to his third ton of the season as Prestwich turned on the style at Thornham on Saturday.

Sam Holden hit 81 on his way to his 800th run of the campaign – but it was Ryan Stanbury’s record-equalling half-century which caught the eye.

Walters smashed his way to a top score of 111 and also notched his 800th run of the season, and Stanbury hit 68 to claim his tenth half-century and 700th run this term. And the South African all-rounder’s 50 from 19 balls equalled the fastest half-century in the league’s history,

Tom Gibson (15) and Tom Scott (26 not out) also contributed as the league leaders totalled 341-7 at Rochdale Road. Zafar Iqbal was the pick of the Thornham bowlers, taking 3-38.

Dan Scott top-scored with 70 as Thornham could only muster 129 in reply. Holden and Stanbury took 3-27 and 3-36 respectively — and Gibson collected 2-5 late on. Wicketkeeper James Wharmby took his 30th catch of the season.

Bradley said: “Thornham were missing a lot of first-team players through injury and pro Ryan Sealey was on international duty with the Cayman Islands. Martyn batted well and Ryan smashed it all over the place.”

PRESTWICH head into cup final weekend top of the Lancashire County League and full of confidence says captain Andy Bradley.

The Heys Road men are on course for the title after maintaining their 17-point lead with an emphatic 212-run victory against third-from-bottom Thornham on Saturday, and the skipper admits winning the double in their last season before joining the Greater Manchester Cricket League would be ‘amazing’.

Bradley’s men will take a giant step towards the dream when they host bottom-of-the-table Stretford in the league on Saturday before travelling to Denton St Lawrence in the Walkden Cup final on Sunday.

However, the skipper is warning his side against complacency against the basement side.

“Last year Stretford finished bottom of the league but they beat us twice,” he said.

“We’ve put that right this year by beating them in the league and cup but they’ve given us a game on both occasions so we need to be on our guard.”

Bradley admits he is looking forward to the cup clash at fifth-placed Denton St Lawrence on Sunday and despite beating them twice in the league this season, he is weary of the threat the hosts pose.

“We are really looking forward to the occasion and playing in front of a big crowd as we haven’t been in a cup final for a few years,” he said.

“We know they are a good team but if we play to our potential we can beat them.”

Professional Marty Walters smashed his way to his third ton of the season as Prestwich turned on the style at Thornham on Saturday.

Sam Holden was also prolific hitting 81 on his way to his 800th run of the campaign, but it was Ryan Stanbury’s record-breaking half century which really caught the eye.

While Walters smashed his way to a top score of 111 and also notched up his 800th run of the season, Stanbury hit 68 to claim his 10th half century and 700th run this term.

And the South African all-rounder’s 50 from 19 balls equalled the fastest half century in the league’s history,

Tom Gibson (15) and Tom Scott (26 not out) also contributed as the league leaders totalled 341-7 at Rochdale Road.

Zafar Iqbal was the pick of the Thornham bowlers taking 3-38.

Dan Scott top-scored with 70 for the hosts but once he was dismissed by Stanbury the wickets fell.

Four batsmen were out for ducks and two others were skittled cheaply as Thornham could only muster 129 in reply.

Holden and Stanbury took 3-27 and 3-36 respectively while Gibson also helped himself to two wickets for just five runs late on.

Wicketkeeper James Wharmby also took his 30th catch of the season in the comprehensive win, and skipper Bradley was delighted with the performance.

“We were dominant throughout,” he said.

“Thornham were missing a lot of first team players through injury and their pro Ryan Sealey was also on international duty with the Cayman Islands.

“Martyn batted well and did a professional job to make sure we put on a big total and Ryan smashed it all over the place.

“He hit some massive sixes and it was incredible to watch.”