Northwood 105 Preston 106-4 Northwood lost by six wickets
NORTHWOOD'S trip to Preston ended in a disappointing six-wicket defeat on Saturday, writes Liam Osborne.
The visitors were first to bat, however it wasn't long before things started to go wrong, as a tight Preston attack reduced them to just 27-4.
It was proving hard going for Northwood's batsmen on what was a difficult pitch, but a stand between Alex Mason and Simon Noach took them to 49-4.
Small contributions from Jason Clemow, James Lewis and Reece Kirk meant that Northwood could only manage a total of 105.
Their chances of victory seemed slight, however Noach attacked from the off with an impressive 3-24 in 14 overs.
But Northwood were unable to offer much else, with Preston going on to seal victory for the loss of only four wickets.
Elsewhere, their second string moved clear of the drop-zone after sealing only their second win of the campaign against Botany Bay.
Opening pair Keith Watson (78) and Stuart Reeve raced to an impressive 183 for Northwood, with Reeve falling agonisingly short of his maiden century with a knock of 97 as they closed on 241-6.
Their bowlers were also in impressive form, with Stuart Reeve taking four wickets, closely followed by Ali Shah (3-39) and Ram Nandiraju (3-81) as they won with four wickets to spare.
The thirds won their sixth game of the season in a close contest against Botany.
Richard Mackey (61), Brian Ward (22) and Mike Bloomberg (17*) moved Northwood to 154-6.
Brendan Corcoran proved to be a thorn in Botany's side, taking 4-38, as they won by four wickets.