PRESTATYN slipped to fifth in the Liverpool and District Cricket League Division One standings after a five-wicket home reverse to Newton-le-Willows.

The Beach Close side were left undone by a polished performance on both sides of the ball from the one-time relegation candidates, and Gareth Boughey’s men will look to get their promotion push back on track this Saturday when they travel to league leaders Southport and Birkdale.

The hosts made a dismal start to their time in the middle with openers Ryan Westwell and Danny Thomas out for four and a duck at the hands of Mark Warburton and Dominic Chambers, who also disposed of Joe Horton (0) and Robbie Rimmington (5) to finish the day on 3-27.

Peter Cassidy steadied the ship with an accomplished knock but was clean bowled by Rameez Alam five short of his half century, but Rhys Jones did manage to achieve this feat on his way to an eye-catching 78, which included 13 boundaries.

Only Andrew Harris made it into double-figures thereafter with a contribution of 21 as the hosts were all out for 189 from 55 overs at the crease.

Cassidy made his presence felt with the new ball once again with the quick-fire wickets of opener James Smith (0) and skipper Chris Chambers (8), and the in-form bowler was also on hand to dispose of Thomas Gunshorn for 20 to finish his 20-over spell with figures of 3-80.

The visiting resistance came from Ben Walkden, who scored 59, with Alam securing 46 before both were removed by Horton on his way to 2-40 from ten overs.

Unbeaten scores of 30 and 17 from wicketkeeper Marc De Brabander and Liam Jenkins managed to get the away side over the line with minimal fuss for the loss of five wickets after 46 overs of play.