The bat dominated the ball at Burrows lane on Saturday in the Southport and District Premier League as Prescot and Odyssey won their top of the table clash against second placed Hindley St Peters by seven wickets, thanks to a wonderful innings from Kenny Highdale.
On a sunny day, with a good wicket and a lightning fast outfield, it was no suprise when the Hindley St Peter’s captain chose to bat having won the toss.
Harpreet Sodhi made an early breakthrough bowling Jordan Hampson with the score at 11 and then Steven Holden trapped Paul Delargy in front soon after leaving Hindley on 20/2.
Phil Moorfield joined Stephen Hampson and survived a huge LBW appeal at the start of his innings, but then the scoreboard began to tick along as the pair put on 99 for the third wicket before Holden had Hampson stumped brilliantly by Jeff Gore.
Lawrence Mason then took the wicket of Mark Wood, who was well held at deep backward square leg by Peter Crookes, but this was to be Prescot’s last success of the innings, with Moorfield, who had now been joined by Shaikh taking Hindley to a very competitive 238/4 from their 50 overs.
Moorfield finished 113 not out and Shaikh reached his half century from the penultimate ball of the innings.
Steve Danson and Peter Crookes opened the Prescot innings, and started extremely positively against a good bowling attack.
Danson found the boundary on four occasions during his breezy innings of 31 and when he was caught at mid on off the bowling of Chesworth, Prescot had reached 65. Highdale and Crookes batted sensibly keeping the run rate ticking over and hitting the bad ball to the ropes. When the last hour was began, Prescot still needed 140 to win, but still had nine wickets in hand.
Crookes and Highdale upped the tempo and from the next five overs.
Prescot scored 40, before disaster struck as a misunderstanding between Crookes and Highdale, saw the former run out for a well made 75 after good fielding on the mid wicket boundary.
With the home side needed just 42 from the final 7 overs. Haigh (20 not out) and Highdale (94 not out) batted brilliantly to see Prescot home by seven wickets with an over to spare, which now leaves them 12 points clear of Hindley as leader leaders.