Prescot, 279-3 off 50 overs, remain top of the league following a high scoring draw at second place Hindley St Peter’s 233-9.
On a hot day Greg Galbraith won one of the most important coin tosses of the season to allow Prescot to bat first in ideal batting conditions on a flat pitch. Galbraith and Crookes, in the absence of Steven Danson, once again set about attacking the Hindley attack from the off putting on 35 in quick time until Crookes fell for 23 having passed 500 league runs for the season. Galbraith was joined at the crease by Highdale and both batsmen then set about dismantling the Hindley attack with some watchful yet expansive batting until the skipper fell for well made 53 continuing his good form.
Out of form Haigh was the next man in and with a point to prove both he and Highdale plundered runs all over the ground leaving the Hindley attack looking tired and toothless.
Both batsmen timed their innings to perfection, putting on 160 runs for the 3rd wicket before Haigh fell for 91 when trying to push on for his hundred before the 50th over. Kenny Highdale was left unbeaten on 94 not out following his 95 not out in the home fixture against Hindley they’ll be glad to see the back of him.
With the weather conditions now suiting the bowlers. Prescot set about the task of trying to take 10 wickets to secure 20 points. Hindley however had other ideas and started their innings in swashbuckling fashion with boundaries flying all round the ground. This led to an early bowling change with the unfortunate Mason being replaced by Fairclough.
This however was a decision well made and Fairclough claimed two quick wickets which included the prize wicket of run machine Moorfield for just seven. Galbraith removed the opener Mark Wood for 42 which brought Murray to the field who decided that he was going to try and win the game single handedly, amassing 56 from 35 balls before involving himself in controversy. Having chipped up a very difficult caught and bowl chance over the head of Galbraith decided to obstruct the skipper by shouting “he’ll drop this” just as Galbraith was about to catch the ball resulting in the ball being dropped. Both Galbraith and Crookes appealed under the obstruction the field law.
Following consultation with his fellow umpire the appeal was upheld much to the annoyance of the Hindley team and supporters. With temeratures and feeling now running high Prescot turned the screw and wickets fell with regular procession with Sodhi, Fairclough and Highdale all finishing with two wickets a piece and Galbraith and Mason one each. With Hindley 9 down, Mather 2* and Hampson 66* kept the Prescot bowlers at bay leaving Prescot to pick up 14 points to Hindley St Peter’s 6. Prescot now lead the table by 23 points.