Ashcombe Park and Moddershall & Oulton to battle it out for Pinfold Trophy glory



Ashcombe Park booked their place in the Pinfold Trophy showpiece after beating Alsager in their final league game of the season.

A host of matches were rearranged because of inclement weather a couple of weeks ago, and Ashcombe Park made sure that they will extend their campaign by reaching the final.

Joe Byrne’s 35 was backed up by 24 from Joe Alcock as Ashcombe Park posted 137 all out on their road trip.

Ben Dixon captured 5-15 for Alsager, while Waqas Ahmed took 3-25.

Dixon (36) was then at the centre of Alsager’s chase, but three wickets apiece from Dan Sutton (3-16) and Max Hill (3-19) dismissed the home side for 90.

Ashcombe Park will now make the trip to Moddershall & Oulton Sport Asia this Sunday to battle to out for the silverware.

· IN the Wildblood Cup, both scheduled matches were rain-affected and only saw one innings completed in reach encounter.

Hanford had reached 100 all out at home against Burslem, in which Kesana Rajasekhar (26) made the principal contribution.

Wajid Aslam and Josh Lias claimed 4-28 and 3-33 respectively.

In the other match, Hem Heath were 126-7 at Newcastle & Hartshill when time was called.

Tom Hodson (39), Callum Leese (35) and Matt Hodson (24) combined for Hem Heath, but Deacon Purcell (5-15) had sparked a collapse from 101-2.

Burslem will now entertain Moddershall & Oulton Phoenix in the final this weekend.

· STONE SP eased to a nine-wicket win at Meakins.

Matthew Slee (3-6) and Edward Batchelor (3-11) were in fine form with the ball to send Meakins sliding to 67 all out.

Abdullah Hussain (13no) and Andy Beasley (11) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Stone SP required just six overs to knock off the runs as EJ Laverty blazed four fours and fours sixes in his 13-ball 43 not out to steer them past the post.

Leycett thirds rediscovered their composure to win at home against Betley.

Set 96 for victory, they tumbled to 17-4, before Chris Parkes’ 54 and an unbeaten 23 from James Hopkin guided them to a five-wicket triumph.

Patrick Wilkes had earlier top-scored with 29 for Betley, but the exploits of Gavin Felsinger (4-17) and Alistair Gething (3-10) bundled out the visitors for 95.

Leek won by two wickets on their visit to Endon.

Nick Atkinson’s 80, which contained 10 fours and three sixes, underpinned Endon’s 143-8. Brad Grindey and Matt Bowcock both struck twice.

Liam Clow and Atkinson did likewise with the ball after the interval, but Joshua Woodcock (32) and Kieran Carr (21) made decisive contributions for the victorious Leek side.

Bignall End defeated Onneley by two runs in a thrilling encounter, despite a sparkling century from Arfan Mohammed.

The match was reduced to 30 overs per side, but Bignall End still had time to navigate their way to 164-7.

Suleman Munir (31), Tom Myatt (30no), Ahsam Zaroof (26) and Joel Brierley (23) impressed, while Dan Hall took 3-23.

Mohammed then struck six fours and seven sixes in his 70-ball 100, but Onneley were bowled out for 162 with two balls remaining.

Zack Smith led the Bignall End bowling effort with 4-27.

In this weekend’s semi-finals, Bignall End host Oakamoor, while Leek entertain Sandbach.

· OAKAMOOR thrashed Bagnall Norton fourths in the Spear Travels Cup.

Jacob Fullick made 68, hitting seven fours, in Oakamoor’s 185 all out. Ben Harvey and Harry Smith chipped in with 27 and 24 respectively.

Bagnall Norton had a day to forget with the bat in reply as Arthur Wood (3-0) and Freddie Wood (3-4) joined forces to dismiss them for 45.

Longton were also left celebrating a win after reaching a revised target at home against Caverswall.

Caverswall batted first and posted 157-8, thanks to Ben Gorton’s 39.

Ryan Ellwell, Jonathon Ibbs, Aaron Bagnall and William Degg all took two wickets. Longton were then required ro reach 143 in 30 overs – and did so for the loss of eight wickets with more than six overs to spare.

Opener Adrian Hurst shone with 52, while Ellwell made the game safe with 38 not out.

Ashcombe Park easily overcame Wistaston Village.

Simon Murfin (46), Mark Jones (42) and Rob Warrilow (36no) were in good touch to guide Ashcombe Park to 148-5.

Three wickets apiece from James Lawton (3-7) and Hugh Philips-Bland (3-2) then skittled Wistaston Village for 61.

In Sunday’s semi-finals, Longton host Leycett fourths, with Oakamoor having home advantage against Meir Heath.





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