28/29 May – Roundup
Preston Dunstable Thiller / Gallimore ton keeps 2’s top / Chris Harper 50
Saturday 1st XI V Dunstable CC – Match Tied
Preston and Dunstable played out a thriller as their match ended in a tie. Preston posted 158 thanks to 20’s Jack Morecroft, Ben Hill, Callum Henderson & Max Anderson. A team bowling performance saw Callum Henderson (2-35), Peter Murrell (4-34), Jake Geoge (2-14) would bowl Preston into contention. However, the saviour would be James Stevens (2-32) who bowled Harry McBrearty with scores level to tie the game.
Saturday 2nd XI V Letchworth 3’s CC – Won by 8 wickets.
Preston 2s continued their 100% record with a comfortable 147 run win over Letchworth 3’s. The day belonged to William Gallimore, who scored a sensational 160 with the bat as Preston posted a mammoth 283. Stephen Hughes (63) showed fight for Letchworth, but it would be in vain as Letchworth were eventually bowled out for Just 136, with Oliver Gallimore recording 3-26. Preston stay top with a 50 point cushion.
Saturday 3rd XI V Bayford 2’s CC – Won by 7 wickets.
Preston’s 3rd XI finally got their league season underway in Div 9B with a comfortable victory over Bayford 2nds. After restricting the visitors to 134 for 6 in their 45 overs, Nick Staddon (48), Alf Rehman (45*) and Joe Clark (21*) saw Preston home by 7 wickets with 10 overs to spare.
Saturday 4th XI V Chorleywood 3’s – Lost by 78 runs.
Pretson 4’s came second against a robust Chorleywood XI. Nigel Biggs (2-27) & Ian Hamilton (2-35) the pick as the opposition reached 182. In return, only John Garnham (21) & Iain Williamson (20) got going as Preston fell 72 runs short.
Sunday 1’s V Blunham
On Sunday, Preston vanquished Blunham in the Beds County League Div 2. Preston dismissed their hosts for 124, with Arif Islam claiming 4 for 22. The target was knocked off in just 25 overs with Callum Henderson batting through the innings for 51*.
Sunday 2’s V FM Arthur’s XI
Preston’s Sunday 2nd XI enjoyed a competitive friendly clash with FM Arthur’s XI. Chris Harper made his maiden 50 as Preston posted 185. Luke Ponder was then the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 19 as FMA’s fell 16 runs short, despite Jim Thomson’s patient 58 and Jonny Gray’s 46.
James Stevens v Dunstable…took final wicket to tie their Championship clash…
Will Gallimore drained after his 160 – one of the highest individual league scores ever recorded at the club.