Losing the toss proved no barrier to winning the game in a forty over friendly at Preston's picturesque ground as a competent batting display was followed up by a convincing bowling one.
Put in on a slow early season seamer in freezing wind and rain, Park soon lost opener Colin Letford
and Chris Bonser
. Youngsters Ross Courtney
(35) and Ben Orchard
(23) then repaired the damage with a steady partnership before Orchard was caught on the boundary trying to up the run rate. Some big hits from Sam McCrow (29), fine stroke play from young Ollie Laws-Mather
(31*) and a brisk cameo from Michael Fisher
took the Park to 161 off their 40 overs, a good total considering the poor weather they had to bat through.
McCrow and Fisher soon had three early Preston wickets between them under their belts, and with 3 for skipper Jack Thorn
, 3 for Courtney's left arm spin, and one for young debutant Luke Chapman, Preston were bowled out for just 92. The win was a good warm up despite such cold conditions, and even saw two rare catches for Thorn, including a full length dive to finish the game and send everyone running for the warmth!