Openers make strong start for Preston but St Margaretsbury prove to be just too good

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Preston 232-7 (53 overs)

St Margaretsbury 236-2 (45.1 overs)

SHCL Division Two

A depleted Preston XI went down by eight wickets despite a brave showing against high flying St Margaretsbury in Division Two on Saturday.

On being asked to bat first Preston made an excellent with start with openers Warren Hearne and Barry Turner putting on 50 runs inside the first 10 overs before the free scoring Hearne (40) was first to fall with the score on 61 after the 13th over.

Tuner was the next batsmen out for a well constructed 52 as Preston continued to score with ease on a slow sluggish wicket reaching 130-2 by the 32nd over.

The last 20 overs of Preston’s innings saw 102 runs scored thanks largely to the efforts of Ben Hill (47), David Fleckney (24) and Pete Murrell (37*) as Preston closed their innings on 232-7.

If Preston were to stand any chance of victory early wickets would have been required, however they were not helped by the fact that a handful of dropped catches and some close lbw decisions did not go their way as the visitors raced away reaching 80 without loss by the 16th over.

The removal of Simon Tilbury for 90 allowed Preston into the game, as slow bowlers Murrell and Max Anderson gave them some control.

Preston used a total of eight bowlers as they searched to find the right formula, with Murrell the stand out performer with figures of 18-1-66-1.

St Margaretsbury raced home to victory in the 46th over with eight wickets in hand, and they were indebted to Martin Brown’s efforts as he scored 72* and earlier bowled 27 overs unchanged.

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