Cricket Reports – 13/14 August
Preston First X1
Preston produced a season-defining performance on Saturday, comfortably beating league champions elect Old Owens.
Upon losing the important toss, Preston were asked to field in the scorching conditions.
Preston started fantastically with Casey Walker picking up the wicket of danger man Matt Plater to set the tone, restricting Owens to 42/1 off 15 overs.
There was no let up from the Preston bowlers as the spin trio of Anderson, Murrell & Stevens going for just 90 runs across their 30 overs.
However it was the evergreen seamer Casey Walker who was the standout performer returning with 4/31, leaving Old Owens on a below par 214/7 off their 50.
With the return of the 50/50 format and power plays. Preston opened with Ed Wharton & Phil Simpson in an attacking move. And the move proved a stroke of genius.
Ed Wharton took on the Old Owens bowlers with a series of frightening attacking strokes. Preston racing away to 70/0 after just 11 overs.
Simpson and George fell cheaply but Wharton kept his foot down. Eventually reaching his 100 in the 20th over – Preston on 140/3. Whartons match winning innings eventually ended on 108 off just 68 balls.
Nivin Sathyajith 32* & Will Gallimore 34 would eventually confirm the win for Preston in the 35th over, 215/5.
Preston now visit Luton & Hitchin in two huge Championship survival games. All to play for.
Preston now sit in fourth place. All to play for but some against the run of form results will have to come into play now to give Preston any chance.