Crewe’s Louis Bacon smashed a mammoth century, but still ended up on the losing side in the Stone League Sunday Division One game at Bignall End.
Bacon sizzled at Boon Hill as he compiled 164 not out, off just 117 balls, hitting 27 fours and three sixes.
Callum Bacon added 33, but Crewe opted to declared on 229-4 with more than six of their 40 overs remaining.
And Bignall End, who had seen Dave Quinton and Joel Brierley take two wickets apiece in the Cheshire side’s innings, didn’t need a second invitation to embark on a smaller chase than they would have expected.
The home side had a century-maker of the own as well, with Tom Myatt anchoring proceedings with 103 not out.
He struck 14 fours and one six, receiving excellent support from Haroon Mushtaq, who made 63.
Daniel Starnes took a couple of victims, but that couldn’t stop Bignall End from completing a seven-wicket success.
Newcastle & Hartshill saw a promising start go to waste in their home defeat by Hem Heath.
Set 254 for victory, Castle were impressing on 125-1 thanks to half-centuries from Ethan Brown (70) and Ethan Gater (66).
However, the introduction of Nikita Sayer into the attack turned the tables.
Sayer produced a superb spell of 6-17 to dismiss Castle for 217.
Callum Leese had earlier top-scored with a rapid 96 not out, featuring seven fours and four sixes, in Hem Heath’s 253-3.
Ben Rogerson and Andy Leese weighed in with 65 and 64 respectively.
Hanford secured a three-wicket win in a low-scoring encounter at home against Knypersley.
Knypersley were bowled out for just 74 as Omar Hussain picked up 4-16. Robert Whilding and Jacob Cumberbatch made 16 apiece.
Hanford were forced to fight for their win, though, as Callum Landon and Jaco Van Den Heever both struck twice.
However, Waheed Abbasi’s 26 was the decisive contribution to the home side’s victory.
· MODDERSHALL & Oulton Sport Asia piled on the runs in their Sunday Premier Division win at Little Stoke B.
The Modd men finished on 360-4 at the end of their 40 overs, with Joe Mason leading the run spree with 115.
Joe Beeston added 61, while Ishara Weerasinghe and Shameera Weerasinghe both made 44. Ben Green took a couple fo wickets.
James Ecclestone blasted 51 at the top of the Little Stoke reply, but Ishara Weerasinghe’s 3-12 and 3-36 from Ian Stretton left the home side all out for 170.
There was better news for Little Stoke A, though, as they launched a late comeback to beat Cheadle by two wickets.
Cheadle’s 170-6 seemed a long way off once Little Stoke had tumbled to 72-8 following Sam Rushton’s five-wicket blast.
But Adil Javed and Khair Rahman rode to the rescue in the nick of time with an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 100 to seal victory.
Javed plundered six sixes in his 53 not out, while Rahman ended up unbeaten on 40.
Rushton had earlier made 58 not out in Cheadle’s tally.
Alsager had 17 overs left in the bank when they completed a seven-wicket win at home against Ashcombe Park.
Ashcombe Park were dismissed for 150, despite Peter Farrow (40no) and Joe Thompson (39) impressing.
Khalid Yosofzai and Waqas Ahmed claimed 4-25 and 3-27 respectively.
The target was comfortable for Alsager on the resumption as Aqeel Ahmed (52no), Waqas Hussain (51no) and Hassan Jamil (35) led them past the post.
Barlaston had the better of their draw at Burslem.
Sam Taylor (48no), Jack Davies (46), Elliot Wilson (43) and Harry Walker (40) joined forces to propel Barlaston to 250-7.
Josh Lias (3-54) was the pick of the Burslem attack, while Gareth Abbotts snared a couple of wickets.
Eran Ranu (68) fronted the Burslem reply, but although experienced campaigner Chris Lowndes added 31, they had to be content with a draw as they closed on 189-8. Matthew Myers picked up 3-42.
· IN Sunday Section A North, Sandworthfield cruised to victory on their visit to Sandyford.
Joe Hodson’s 113 was backed up by O’Shay Reddy’s 58 not out and 55 from Gennaro Reddy as Sandworthfield amassed 278-4. Abigail Allen took two wickets.
Asachveer Singh-Kaller (38) and Ellie Cope (37) shone after tea, but Ben Holt’s 4-13 and 3-29 from Matthew Jones skittled the home side for 145.
Leycett thirds kicked off their season with a home victory over Audley.
Tom Warburton (36) and James Hopkin (30) were the mainstays of Leycett’s 177-8, in which Andrew Forster took 3-24 and Tom Eggerton scooped 3-32.
Audley were dismissed for 122 after tea. Ben Forster top-scored with 29, but Warburton (3-27) and Martyn Smith (3-29) had too much in their lockers.
Sandbach and Betley drew their meeting.
Hosts Sandbach amassed 278-8 on the back of Chris Jones’ 87, James Clifton’s 55 and 50 from Leo Chatzigeorgiou.
Warren Mellor and Paul Allman helped themselves to 3-11 and 3-40 respectively.
Betley comfortably secured a draw as they replied with 154-5.
Ben Barker (53) and Gabor Simon (49) led their safety mission, while Ben Collett took a couple of wickets for Sandbach.
· AN impressive fifth-wicket stand between Ben Cox and Richard Chandler guided Stone SP to the points at Checkley in Sunday Section A South.
Stone SP’s season-opener seemed destined to be a disappointing one as they slipped to 55-4 – chasing Checkley’s 244-6 – despite Corey Jones’ 36.
However, Cox and Chandler had other ideas as they put on a partnership worth 161 runs.
Chandler was eventually dismissed for a rapid 72, but Cox stayed until the end, finishing on 96 not out, as Stone SP won by five wickets.
Jamie Richardson and Simon Robinson struck twice for Checkley, who had earlier seen Connor Bassett (82) and James Bennett (72) hit half-centuries in their impressive total.
Oakamoor eased to a home win against Endon.
Thirty apiece from James Smith and Mark Fallows navigated their progress to 215-9 declared, even though Dako Vujcic captured 5-49.
Endon’s batsmen found life tough in reply and although Oliver Rogerson made 29, they were bowled out for 112.
Johnathan Clowes (3-7) and Harry Smith (3-20) did the bulk of the damage.
Longton recorded a seven-wicket home victory over Leek.
Luke Trafford’s 55 was the essential ingredient to Leek’s 136 all out, in which Ryan Ellwell (4-17) and Awais Ahmed (3-26) shared seven wickets.
Ellwell then strapped on the pads to execute a fine run chase.
He hit eight fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 52 to clinch victory after Euan Hurst (47) had laid firm foundations at the top of the order.
Eccleshall made a winning start to their summer at home against Bagnall Norton thirds.
Robert Foxall-Smith (50) and Leyton Bailey (44) were instrumental in Eccleshall reaching 190-7 from their allocation.
Chris Truelove (61) gave Bagnall Norton hope of pulling off the win, but 4-27 from Matthew Bramall ensured the visitors were bowled out for 165.
· OAKAMOOR made an excellent start to their Sunday Section B season as they won by 10 wickets at home against Caverswall.
Ollie Carrington (4-30) and Jack Palmer (3-8) were in top form as Caverswall were bowled out for just 98.
And it didn’t take Charlie Allcock (47no) and Jacob Fullick (35no) long to seal a good day’s work for the home side.
Kidsgrove were also convincing winners in their meeting with Alsager.
Adam Shaw’s 51 was supported by 42 from Hugh Binns as Grove posted 181-9. Lewis Pickford claimed 3-40 for Alsager.
Pierce Pickford (28) and Trevor Coleman (260 made starts in reply, but Jimmy Jinks’ 4-36 left the visitors all out for 82.
Oliver Shirley scored a century in Leycett fourths’ win at Wistaston Village.
Shirley made 109 and Patrick Wilkes – who made 98 for the seconds on Sunday – added 99 not out in Leycett’s 278-4. Freddie Woolley and Dean Titus took two wickets apiece.
Josh Adams (50) led the Wistaston Village chase well, but Shirley completed a man-of-the-match performance with 3-6 and Colin Greenwood added 3-31 as the hosts were dismissed for 163.
Cheadle seconds won by five wickets at Blythe.
Sam Akram’s 4-13 was key to Blythe being bundled out for 73.
Sam Cliffe then made 38 not out to steer Cheadle past the post, despite double strikes from Almas Shirzad and Raymond Ginders.
Porthill Park had too much for Church Eaton in their encounter.
Dylan Reynolds top-scored with 99 – and there was 33 from Stephen Richardson – as Porthill Park racked up 251-7. Daniel Hughes captured 3-43.
Church Eaton could only muster 98 all out in reply as Daniel Brownsword picked up 3-1.
Barlaston were 76-run winners at home against Whitmore.
Brett Young’s 71 not out formed the backbone of Barlaston’s 199-6. Dan Blundred added 30.
Whitmore were bowled out for 123 after tea as Josh Williams and Blundred snared 3-25 and 3-29 respectively.
Market Drayton kicked off with a victory over Wedgwood.
Steve Whilde’s 31 led Market Drayton to 151-8, before Dammika Prassanna’s 3-12 sent Wedgwood sliding to 91 all out.
Max Povey took 5-15 for Meir Heath in their home victory over Forton.
Forton were dismissed for just 81, before Peter Minister compiled an unbeaten 40 to see Meir Heath to their target, five down.
Rode Park & Lawton hit top batting form at Bagnall Norton fourths, but had to be content with a draw.
Dan Forster’s 36-ball 85 not out, featuring seven fours and seven sixes, saw Rode Park & Lawton post 300-5.
Thomas Atkinson (68), Oliver Gallimore (50) and Mohammed Ali (46) joined in the run-scoring fun.
Bagnall Norton showed good battling qualities after tea, though, as Lee Sockett’s 31 guided them to 141-8 at the close. Abid Khan took 3-13.