The ground staff performed heroics to get the field fit and skipper James Bickerdike
inserted the visitors after winning the toss.
arrived late so Richard Young
took the new ball alongside Adrian Sharp
and both bowled accurately as Chads progressed to 61 for 3 after 20 overs.
Following drinks we took wickets regularly to eventually dismiss Chads for 123 off 39.5 overs, although this was probably 20 too many following a succession of spilled chances. The early conclusion gave us 5 extra overs which proved crucial in the final analysis.
was the pick of our attack, taking 2 for 36 (off 12 overs) with Andy Clark
taking 5 for 29 (off 9.5 overs) despite being erratic and well below par. Debutant Young and Sharp both claimed a wicket apiece with a magnificent Young run out the other wicket to fall.
We also made steady progress reaching 75 for 2 after 32 overs. Newton made 20 (off 50 balls), James Marston
27 (off 91 balls) & Lee Russell
24 (off 49 balls). Wickets began to fall as we fell behind the run rate and slumped 103 for 7 in the 47th over. Richard White
swung the game back in the our favour hitting a 4 and a 6 in his first 5 balls faced. Bickerdike then guided Preston home with a determined 15no in the 49th over with just 9 balls to spare.
The Great Preston Snooker Club man of the match, selected by St. Chads was Lee Russell