Morrison and Conlon lead Great Preston into Hampshire Cup semis

Luke Kane, who took two wickets for Great Preston.
Luke Kane, who took two wickets for Great Preston.

Great Preston breezed into the semi-finals of the Jack Hampshire Cup with a nine-wicket success at home to Altofts on Sunday.

Victory was never really in doubt as Preston got down to a good effort in the field with all six of their bowlers used enjoying wicket success.

Going in first, Altofts started well enough, reaching 42-1 and 61-2, but they lost their last eight wickets for 66 runs to be all out for 127. There were two wickets each for Jacob Wright (2-24), Luke Kane (2-22) and Oli Baron (2-13) with one for Lee Russell (1-25), Joe Schofield (1-14) and Jack Morrison (1-23).

Great Preston suffered a quick setback in their reply with opener Michael Wade out without score fifth ball, but they never looked back from this point as James Conlon (47 not out) and Morrison (76 not out) combined for unbroken stand of 129. The latter smashed 12 fours and two sixes in his 61-ball knock while Conlon hit eight boundaries and one six in his 79-ball effort.