Chris Miller's impressive return of 3-21 helped Kendal to victory after they defeated Preston by 59 runs at Shap Road.

The Auld Greys were bowled out for a first innings total of 144, but an outstanding effort with the ball toppled the Preston response as the visitors managed just 84.

Kendal started brightly as both Syed Ali and captain Miller put on a dominant first wicket stand of 56.

Ali and Miller found their range with the bat as Preston toiled in the early stages of the game. However the visitors made the breakthrough in the 13th over when Ali was caught and bowled by Lukman Vahaluwala as the Pakistani professional was dismissed for 26.

The departure of Ali led to a collapse as Kendal stuttered to 67-4, as Ben Phillips and Darren Braithwaite were dismissed by Rizwan Ali, while Miller picked out Nizamudin Patel off the bowling of Muhammed Mursaleen.

Kendal's wickets continued to fall after Wesley Fernando was bowled by Mursaleen for 0 in the 27th over, while Kendal were reduced to 98-6 when Lancashire seconds player Tom Bailey picked out Yasin Boda off the bowling of Yasin Patel.

Shane Hyland and Darren Nightingale stayed in for a spell as they guided Kendal onto 128, but just as they appeared to have steadied the ship, Preston broke through when Hyland was bowled by Vahaluwala.

Vahaluwala quickly claimed his third wicket on the next ball when Ethan Ellwood was bowled for a duck, before Ethan Burrows fell to Ali as Kendal were in a struggle on 133-9.

Nightingale, who top scored with 32, saw his drive picked out by Mursaleen as Vahluwala claimed his fourth wicket as he returned figures of 4-19 with Kendal all out for 143.

With a low total to defend, Kendal bowled and fielded well, while Preston toiled at the crease, and Bailey made the early breakthrough when he trapped Nizamudin Patel for LBW after just four overs.

Kendal on the attack claimed a second wicket in the sixth over when Toby Tyson bowled Preston captain Sajid Patel for eight.

Vahaluwala and Mustafa Durani guided the visitors onto 45, but Kendal broke the key partnership when Ali bowled Vahaluwala for 21.

Kendal continued to dominate as they whittled the visitors down to 60-5, as Durani fell to Ali before Mursaleen picked out Ellwood from a Nightingale ball.

Wesley Fernando brought into the attack despatched of both Irshad Desai and Boda in quick succession as Preston were left on 61-7.

Kendal closed in on the win after Mya Ahmed Lunat picked out Bailey, before he then bowled Yasin Patel.

Miller finished the game off when he caught and bowled Rizwan Ali, as Preston were all out for 84 off 43.4 overs.