Hassan Haleem’s century kept Woore in the hunt for the NSSCL Division Four title as they secured another win by defeating Onneley.
Third-placed Woore, who are eight points behind leading duo Elworth seconds and Porthill Park thirds, saw Haleem hit an unbeaten 112 to guide them to 212-6 from their 40 overs on home turf.
Haleem faced 83 balls and struck 14 fours and three sixes in his innings, while Sam Christmas picked up a couple of scalps.
Jake Short’s 67, which contained five fours and one six, plus 23 from Max West, were the highlights of Onneley’s response, but they fell well short.
They were dismissed for 142 as Matthew Waller helped himself to 4-31.
Elworth and Porthill Park continued on their merry way at the top, though, following victories over Stone SP and Moddershall & Oulton thirds respectively.
Elworth hit the road to Stone SP and earned a three-wicket win in a low-scoring encounter.
A routine success looked to be on the cards once Stone SP had been bundled out for just 79.
Sam Buxton (14) provided the highest score to temporarily negate a disciplined all-round bowling performance from the visitors.
Daniel Roberts was at the forefront of that effort with 3-13, and there were double strikes from Isaac Austin, Connor Flowers and Tom Seabridge.
Elworth didn’t find life easy after the interval, though, as Stone SP hit back.
Buxton picked up 3-21 and it needed key innings from Matthew Greasby (30) and Flowers (20no) to see Elworth past the post.
Porthill Park were also pushed hard at home by Moddershall & Oulton.
Chris Matthews’ 49 was married to 25 from Mathew Guest and Matt Farr’s 22 to lead Porthill Park to 146 all out.
Ted Downes (3-15) and Josh Crump (3-29) took three wickets apiece, with Don Halahakone and Ishara Weerasinghe sharing the remaining four scalps.
Alex Andrews (41) and Paul Jackson (26) attempted to keep pace in reply, but Declan Coxon and Matthews scooped 3-21 and 3-32 respectively to bowl out the Modd visitors for 128.
Barlaston picked up just their second win in seven attempts off the last ball at Hem Heath thirds.
Hem Heath had posted 186 all out – but had collapsed from a strong position of 163-2.
Daniel Kyle (87) and Seb Lewis (34) put on 110 for the first wicket, while Wayne Hulme added 38.
But Barlaston fought back as John Mosely (4-11) and John Aked (4-35) instigated a home collapse.
The weather then played its part to leave Barlaston requiring 145 to win from 31 overs.
And they managed to do it off the final ball as Wayne Morray (42no) and Dan Blundred (37) impressed in a three-wicket triumph.
The defeat was harsh on Dominic Littler, who toiled away to finish with 5-26.
Bagnall Norton seconds were six-wicket winners at their Silverdale counterparts.
Tony Dutton’s 4-12, plus 3-8 from Warren Aubrey, ensured Silverdale were all out for 58. Gareth Metcalfe top-scored with 16.
Metcalfe and Kyle Kirkham took two wickets each in the Bagnall Norton run chase, but Luke Morris’ 18 not out and Dutton’s unbeaten 15 sealed the deal.
Newcastle & Hartshill seconds enjoyed a productive away day at Bignall End.
Jacob Maddock (54) and George Hickman (40) joined forces in Castle’s 172-8. Kieran Peake claimed 3-31.
Peake then struck 32 in reply, but Deacon Purcell (3-10) was in excellent form to leave Bignall End 92 all out.