CRICKET: Prestatyn cricket club beat promotion rivals Sutton


Andrew Martin

Skipper Dave Harris’s concern that third-from-top Prestatyn’s mini-surge could be at risk after the seasiders were bowled out for only 142 by promotion rivals Sutton at Beach Close, proved joyously unwarranted as his twin destroyers Sampath Perera and Keiron New captured all 10 wickets between them for the second time in a row.

But anxious Harris remained unconvinced that the modest 143 target facing Sutton would be sufficient to deliver another victory to reinforce Prestatyn’s growing designs on a ticket back to the First Division next summer.

Danny Davies 29, Danny Williams 24, Gareth Boughey 20 and Sampath 17 on his home debut, all got out after looking well set in an innings that Harris reckoned was Prestatyn’s poorest for a long while.

“The total was well short of what we should have posted and I would have wanted at least 50 more on the board to feel a bit more hopeful,” he confessed at the tea interval.

“I’ll be addressing this under-performance at our next team meeting because we let ourselves down with this unacceptable effort and will need to put it right.”

An hour and ten minutes later all his misgivings had been dispelled as the lethal potency of the Perera-New strike force once again wreaked havoc as they linked up in a double act that had Sutton reeling to a 58 run defeat in double-quick time.

Perera set the pack of cards collapsing with two wickets in his opening two overs and ended up with a match haul of 4 for 32 as New returned figures of 6 for 32, both off 13 searing overs, bowling in unchanged tandem for a bountiful 22-5 sackful of points.

So satisfied was Harris with his 3 consecutive wins that he plans to once again field an unchanged side for this Saturday’s visit to Birkenhead St Mary’s, with top place in the table his realistic target.

Prestatyn Seconds extended their unbeaten run this season to four games after cruelly being denied a club double in a rare high-scoring tie against Sutton at St Helens.

Batting first after acting skipper Craig Walley won the toss, confident Prestatyn blasted 175 for 5 declared off only 45 overs, Leo Teal 85, Walley 33 and Chris Young 26 in charge, but in reply Sutton’s last pair clung on frantically to reach 175 for 9 when their 49 available overs ran out, leaving the deadlocked teams to share the points in a pulsating climax.

This Saturday the Seconds return to Beach Close to meet Newton le Willows.

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