Stone and Leycett were setting the pace after the ninth weekend of action in the 2003 North Staffs and South Cheshire League Championship Division One A season. CHRIS TRAVERS reports…
STONE maintained their top billing in Championship Division One A thanks to a six-wicket home victory over Sneyd.
Sneyd managed to post 164-9 in which Mo Hussain continued his excellent form with 6-65.
Stone were in trouble on 31-4 in reply, but managed to overhaul their rivals without further alarm.
Shaun Jenkinson made an unbeaten 94, while Chris Banks chipped in with 46 not out in an unbroken stand of 134.
Leycett, who finished bottom last year, are now in second place as their revival continues to gather pace.
Mo Chaudry (52), Mohammad Ali (48) and Inam Ul Haq (46) combined to guide Leycett to 198-8.
Cheadle never got going with the bat in reply and were skittled for 99. Rob Heath (4-21) and Ali (3-27) orchestrated their downfall.
Stafford slipped up again as they were beaten at home by Bignall End. Simon Howle’s 54 was the principal contribution to Bignall End’s 155 all out, in which Lee Farrington took 3-23 and Mark Bengry claimed 3-51.
Rob Kyle struck 32 in Stafford’s chase, but their challenge came to an end with the score on 119 as Shah Mahmood helped himself to 5-52.
Knypersley professional Arif Mahmood was in devastating form in their victory at Rode Park & Lawton. Mahmood hit 13 boundaries and five sixes in his explosive 107 in a total of 209-5 declared and then took 6-37 as Rode Park were dismissed for 151 after last pair Paul Chadwick and Colin Potts had put on 50.
Burslem’s declaration backfired as rivals Elworth won by five wickets in their meeting.
Khalid Malik’s 75 not out and 55 from Ali Hussain led Burslem to 192-5 before they called time on their innings.
However, Elworth rose to the challenge after tea as Dave Palin (76no) and Rob Beech (37) saw them to their target.
Norton were also in fine fettle with the bat in their victory over Crewe. Set 177 for the points, Ian Boulton (66no) and Qasim Haleem (39) ensured the home side were left celebrating a five-wicket win.
Tom Gower (48) and Richard Marsh (36) had earlier made the main contributions to Crewe’s 176 all out. Nick Willis and Greg Willott picked up 4-44 and 3-48 respectively.
Sohail Rauf compiled a century for Kidsgrove, but they had to be content with a draw against Haslington.
Rauf’s 150 not out – plus 66 from Gary Stanyer – enabled Grove to amass 273-3 declared.
Haslington were in no mood to roll over, though, as Andy Hayes (87no) led them to 149-6 when stumps were drawn.