BONUS points could prove the difference in the title race, according to Prestwich captain Andy Bradley, after his side opened up a six-point cushion at the top of the Greater Manchester League Premier Division.

Bradley's men dug deep to claim a seventh win of the season at Flixton on Saturday, claiming maximum points after eking out an 88-run victory.

Sealing a batting bonus point looked unlikely when they were reduced to 7-3 after three of their top four batsmen were out for a duck.

In-form opener James Wharmby followed shortly afterwards for nine, leaving Prestwich on 24-4 and staring down the barrel of a second successive defeat after losing their unbeaten record at second-placed Egerton the previous weekend.

But Ali Raza (50) pulled Prestwich out of the mire with a dogged half century and knocks of 32 from Tom Gibson and 31 from Tom Scott pushed their total up to 155-9 in a rain-affected match that was reduced to 35 overs.

All-rounder Ryan Stanbury then made a welcome return to the bowling attack following an early-season knee injury, making the most of a damp wicket to take 3-15.

And Bradley recorded his 60th fifer for the club, taking five wickets for just four runs, to polish off the Flixton tail.

Bowling out the hosts for 67 runs, stopping them from managing at least 75 per cent of their target, sealed the extra point for Prestwich, a fact not lost on the skipper.

"Egerton won as well but they were not able to get the bonus point," said Bradley.

"When you look at the table, you realise that us and Egerton have exactly the same record of wins, draws and losses, yet we are six points better off.

"Those six bonus points are equivalent to a win, they are making all the difference at the moment and could prove crucial come the end of the season."

Bradley admits Saturday's victory was made all the more sweet after the lower order combined to rescue a bonus-point win from what looked set to be a defeat.

"We had a really shocking start, with three of our main batsmen back in the shed for no runs between them," said the Prestwich captain.

"I really enjoyed Ali's innings and the fact the lads at the bottom of the order were able to help him out.

"The players who normally get the bulk of our runs didn't, but yet we still managed to post a total on what was a really difficult pitch to bat on.

"So it was really pleasing to see our lads put in an all-round team performance."

Prestwich will be hoping to complete the double over former Lancashire County League rivals Glossop on Saturday, although Bradley is wary of the threat posed by their in-form pro Gionne Koopman.

"We got Gionne out cheaply in the first match, but he has really come into some good form since then," he said.

"He actually plays for the same first class team as our own pro (Marty Walters) back in South Africa, so it should be an interesting contest."

Stand, meanwhile, tried in vain to get their match on at home to Stretford on Saturday before umpires finally called it off at 3.30pm, due to a waterlogged pitch.

They remain top of Division Two, however, with a match at struggling Brooksbottom to come this weekend.