Rhys Owens produced a fine all-round performance, but still ended up on the losing side as Little Stoke B were defeated at home by Alsager in the Stone League.
Owens starred with the ball first of all, picking up 6-17 as Alsager reached 199 all out in the Premier Division. James Ecclestone claimed 3-39, while Ateeq Ur Rehman (46), Waqas Hussain (38), Aqeel Ahmed (27) and Muhammed Ishtaq (24) all made decent contributions.
Owens then made 34 with the bat – receiving support from Zak Mosam (38) and James Mountain (30) – but Little Stoke B were dismissed for 145.
Hussain led the way with the ball, taking 3-24.
Little Stoke A did sample that winning feeling with a three-wicket victory at Ashcombe Park.
Mohammed Nadim’s 5-17 and 3-33 from Atif Hussain, sent Ashcombe Park sliding to 89 all out.
Joe Byrne (26) and Peter Farrow (20) offered the primary resistance.
Jacob Johnson (4-25) fronted the Ashcombe Park fightback, but Little Stoke crossed the line thanks to Sohail Hussain’s unbeaten 35.
Barlaston won by six wickets at home against Cheadle.
Joshua Jackson top-scored with 24 in Cheadle’s 108 all out, in which Elliot Wilson took 3-11 and Jack Davies snared 3-33. George Hawbrook hit eight fours and three sixes in his 65 at the top of Barlaston’s chase to set them on the road to victory, despite double strikes from Archie Pyatt and David Wilson.
Moddershall & Oulton Sport Asia made the most of home advantage to beat Burslem. Joe Beeston’s unbeaten 76, which contained seven fours and two sixes, was backed up by James Mason (38) and Jake Bullough (32no) as the Modd men reached 179-6 from their 40 overs.
Sam Waterhouse claimed 4-29 for Burslem.
Jay Sims (39) impressed after tea, although Mason’s 5-25 and 4-34 from Matthew Wright ensured the visitors were bowled out for 126.
· IN Division One, Knypersley beat Crewe by four wickets.
Louis Bacon struck 67 to form the backbone of Crewe’s 155 all out at Tunstall Road. Joe Dutton scooped 4-38.
In reply, hosts Knype had James Abbotts (49), James Leese (46) and Rob Whilding (28) to thank for seeing them to the points. Conor Howard finished with 3-34.
Bignall End were four-wicket winners at Porthill Park.
Ahsam Zaroof’s 6-20, plus 3-11 from Ikram Azam, left Porthill Park all out for 72.
Declan Coxon grabbed 4-39 in the run chase, but Zaroof’s 22 and Haroon Mushtaq’s 20 helped Bignall End to their target.
The match between Newcastle & Hartshill and Hanford ended in a draw.
Lee Slaymaker top-scored with 87, hitting 11 fours, and Oliver Tucker made 33, in Castle’s 184 all out.
However, they didn’t truly build on a fine start which had seen them 142-1 at one stage. Nandu Nair took 3-40.
Hanford replied with 96-5 as Mohammed Younis made 26 and Daniel Welsh took 4-14.
· MEAKINS romped to a 10-wicket win at Sandyford in Section A North.
Connor Clements’ superb 6-10 was integral to Sandyford being skittled for 82. Meakins openers Ryan Roberts (59no) and Helen Hughes (21no) then made light work of guiding their side over the line.
Audley were emphatic winners on their trip to Onneley.
David Birkin’s 67 and 61 from Ben Forster was backed up by Edward King’s 45, as Audley amassed 225-7. Asim Farid claimed 3-37.
Onneley were shot out for 95 in response as Liam Hopley (3-14) and Ben Mellor (3-23) took three wickets apiece.
Leycett thirds won by eight wickets at Betley. Andrew Gething and Tom Warburton captured 4-15 and 3-19 respectively in Betley’s 97 all out. Joe Towers made 32.
Warburton then compiled 52 not out – and Oliver Power added an unbeaten 28 – to see Leycett home.
· IN Section A South, Bagnall Norton thirds eased to a home victory over Endon. A first-wicket stand of 131 between Cian Gibson (78) and Daniel Gammon (62) laid the foundations for Bagnall Norton’s 231-8. Elliot Simcock scooped 5-40.
Guy Tinwell and Charlie Slinn made 29 apiece after tea, but Spencer Ashby’s 3-34 ensured Endon were bowled out for 113.
Checkley won by five wickets at home against Eccleshall.
Ewan Forsyth claimed 6-21 to send Eccleshall sliding to 81 all out.
James Bennett (31no) and John Barks (28) dealt with business in the chase, despite Jack Armstrong and Joshua Harris both striking twice.
Leek sampled home comforts against Oakamoor.
David Alcock took 5-34 and Mark Fallows struck 34 as Oakamoor reached 140 all out early in the afternoon.
Nick Grubb then hit six fours in his 52 not out to secure a six-wicket home triumph.
Longton won by three wickets on their visit to Stone SP. Devon Pollard’s 22 was the top score in Stone SP’s 117-7. Awais Ahmed grabbed 4-33. Ryan Ellwell (27) and Matt Willis (26) made valuable contributions after tea to see Longton to their target. Reggie Pardy-McLaughlin and Rob Pochwyt finished with 4-21 and 3-22 respectively.
· IN Section B, Caverswall won by seven wickets at home against Blythe. Hamza Shirzad made 79 and Alamas Shirzad weighed in with 44 in Blythe’s 176-5. But it wasn’t enough as Elliott Wright’s 82 and 50 not out from Lewis Wright guided Caverswall to victory.
Cheadle seconds won by 100 runs at home against Bagnall Norton fourths. Justin Welford’s 34 was the top score in Cheadle’s 188-8. Jak Meakin grabbed 4-43.
Lee Sockett replied with 34, but Bagnall Norton were skittled for 88 as Euan Bratt took 3-10 and MacKenzie Leese added 3-16.
Oliver Gallimore hit a century in Rode Park & Lawton’s draw at Wistaston Village. Gallimore hit 102 in his side’s 176-2 declared, before Wistaston replied with 96-5.
Market Drayton produced a fine chase to win at Church Eaton.
Set 202 for victory, the won by seven wickets as Zagham Farhan made 78 and Dinesh Weerasinghe chipped in with 54.
Adrian Melbourn had earlier hit 108 in Church Eaton’s 201-7.
Forton won by three wickets at home against Whitmore. Sam Gill took 5-16 to leave Whitmore 103 all out, before David Frost’s 31 not out saw Forton home.
Wedgwood were seven-wicket home winners against Barlaston seconds. Set 129 for victory, Mughal Jaleelbaig (59) and Haroon Khan (45) played starring roles.
Hanford’s Jack Sullivan (3-3) and Geoffrey Bray (3-5) took three wickets apiece to bowl out Kidsgrove for 49 in their meeting.
Dan Walley’s 27 not out completed a six-wicket win.