A new league record was set in week seven of the 2003 North Staffs and South Cheshire League Premier A season. CHRIS TRAVERS reports…
PORTHILL Park racked up a record-breaking total in Premier A, but still remain at the foot of the table.
Their batsman took advantage of a good track and fast outfield at the Old County Ground to amass 355-6 declared off 55 overs against Caverswall, beating the previous divisional best of 332-3 set by Moddershall at Barlaston on the opening day of the season.
Dave Griffiths, in particular, was in blistering form with an unbeaten 123 before being forced to retire because of dehydration.
He said: “It was the hottest day of the year and I felt dizzy and was on the verge of vomiting.
“I would not have done myself any favours by staying out there and considering the strong position we were in I felt I could afford to go off. After a cold shower and a few pints of water I felt fine and went out to field.”
Griffiths smashed 20 boundaries and two sixes in his personal-best league knock, which took 97 minutes and came off 93 balls.
He was accompanied by professional Imran Farhat (88) and Jamie Jervis (71 not out) in the run riot.
But Caverswall were not to be outdone, replying with 257-1. They lost their only wicket – that of Owen Price – with the score on 33, but thereafter Rob King (115no) and Raj Kumar (112no) gave Porthill Park some of their own treatment.
Moddershall won their top-of-the-table clash at home to leaders Norton in Hales by six wickets with five overs to spare.
Darren Long top-scored for the Tractor Boys with an unbeaten 71, with Martin Rowley adding 31, as the visitors posted 161 all out.
Darren Carr (4-24) and West Indian paceman Adam Sanford (4-61) did the damage with the ball.
Iain Carr made 37 early in the Modd men’s chase, before Scott Oliver (47no) saw the hosts past the post with relative ease.
Longton duo Nigel Davies and Richard Harvey had a fine day with bat and ball in their seven-wicket win at Betley which kept them in third spot.
Davies and Harvey claimed 5-31 and 4-35 respectively in Betley’s 158 all out. Adrian Butler led the resistance with 39.
Davies then struck 13 fours and two sixes in his 82, while Harvey made 40 not out, to complete a comfortable victory for the title hopefuls.
Kim Barnett was in fine fettle for Checkley in their away-day success at Meir Heath.
Barnett compiled an excellent 101 and received valuable support from Nick Hunt (65), as Checkley amassed 217-4.
That was a target which was always beyond Meir Heath’s reach.
Billy Locker contributed 43, but there was little else to shout about from a home perspective as they were dismissed for 127.
Chris Price’s 3-14 was ably backed up by 3-49 from Gavin Carr in a fine Checkley fielding effort.
Little Stoke eased to a 100-run triumph at Barlaston.
Mal Dawson’s 65 not out and 30 from South African Justin Kemp laid the foundations for Little Stoke’s 203-8.
Rashid Shafayat and A Haider picked up 3-28 and 3-40 respectively.
Haider displayed his all-round credentials with 40 after tea, but support was in short supply as Barlaston were bowled out for 103.
Nick Bratt produced a miserly spell to take 3-11, with Kemp’s 3-58 keeping Barlaston on a tight rein.
Andrew Johnson and TP Singh were the Audley heroes in their three-wicket home win against Leek.
Spinner Johnson was in excellent form to snare 6-34 to send Leek sliding to 133 all out at Kent Hills. Tim Tweats top-scored with 53.
The stage was then set for Singh to stroke 75 to see Audley to their target, depsite Mick Coxon (3-32) keeping Leek in with a decent shout of defending their below-par total.