PRESTATYN concluded their Liverpool and District Cricket League Division One fixtures with a one-wicket loss at Orrell Red Triangle.

The Beach Close side were unable to build on a positive start to the campaign, eventually ending the season in eighth spot after their final-day defeat at an outfit that have secured promotion to the Premier Division.

Despite the eventual result the away side made a decent start in the middle with Gareth Boughey (20) and Ryan Westwell, who was clean bowled by Minhaj Bhada just eight runs shy of his half century.

Standout all-rounded Peter Cassidy produced another innings of genuine quality to give his side a fighting chance, with the player of the season candidate making 72 before he was eventually removed by Afaq Ali Sartaj.

The same bowler also disposed of Sheil Sethi (11), Robert Rimmington (9) and Kieron Tidswell (0) to end the day with figures of 4-31 from a mammoth 17-over spell, with Mohammad Bhada taking the lower order scalps of Kieron New (4) and Andy Taylor as the visitors were all out for 169.

Cassidy put the new ball to good use with the early wickets of Minhaj (2) and Sam Heeley (0), and he also sent Sartaj (1) back to the pavilion to record 3-58 from his 16 over spell.

He was aided considerably at the other end by New, who also helped himself to three wickets in the form of skipper Andrew Mottram (14), Richard Everett (48) and wicketkeeper David Naylor at the expense of 51 runs, but a superb knock from Christopher Riley proved to be the difference between the two sides and played a huge contributing factor in the hosts’ success.

Going in at number five, Riley produced a number of exceptional strokes before he was run out by Tidswell on 56, and Liam Martlew hit the winnings runs with just a solitary wicket in hand.