Another win for Preston's young Sunday 1stXI, while the 2nds tried to compete with someone a bit below his level
Preston’s young Sunday 1st XI – featuring Ben Hill as the oldest player and 3 sets of brothers (Whartons, Gallimores, & Morecrofts) – continued their good form in the Chess Valley league with a win away at Enfield. Richard Wharton made 87 and Ben Hill 42 as Preston ran up 275 in their 45 overs. Enfield replied with 241 for 9 but were never seriously in contention, Ed Wharton taking 3 for 23. Another statistical oddity: all 3 batting brothers took a catch off their bowler siblings.
Preston’s Sunday 2nd XI had the dubious pleasure of trying to compete with Pakistan first class cricketer Adeel Malik (brother of Shoaib) in their Chess Valley Div 7 clash with Holtwhites Trinibis 2nds. Preston battled hard to make 171 for 8 in their 45 overs, Matt Burleigh, Iain Purton and Tom Mercer top scoring. But Malik, fresh from competing in Pakistan’s Ramadan T20 cup, showed his big hitting prowess in making 89 (and losing several balls) before an excellent catch by Ian Williamson ended his innings. Still, the damage had been done and Holtwhites cruised home in just 21 overs with only 3 wickets down.