Sam Beales enjoyed a debut to remember in Milford Hall’s opening-weekend win at Beacon.
Milford Hall, who won the Staffs Club Championship Premier Division last summer in a shortened campaign, picked up where they left off on their travels.
It was new-boy Beales who stole the show – at least in the early part of the afternoon – before Ejaz Nawaz threw his hat into the ring for the man-of-the-match accolade.
Beales compiled an unbeaten 106 to help to resurrect Milford Hall’s innings after they had slipped to 32-4 and 70-6 at Beacon.
Sahal Malvernkar chipped in with 27, but it was Beales’ knock, featuring six fours and seven sixes, which propelled the visitors to a defendable 191-9.
Oliver Green, Mike Brookes and Michael Hartwell all took two wickets apiece.
James Fildes replied with 36 at the top of the order, but Beacon’s middle order disintegrated when Nawaz hit his stride.
The home side tumbled from 50-3 to 50-7 in the blink of an eye – and were never able to recover from that passage of play.
Sam Flavell provided resistance with 52, containing seven fours and two sixes, but Beacon were eventually dismissed for 121.
Nawaz finished with superb figures of 6-22 to ensure Milford Hall banked the spoils on the first weekend.
· UTTOXETER suffered a heavy 144-run defeat at Alvaston & Boulton seconds in Derbyshire County League Division Four South.
It was a tough afternoon for Ben Brown’s side, although there were some positives to take from their first outing of the season.
Brown himself took 3-53 with the ball, but a 122-run stand for the fifth wicket between Darryl Walker (98) and Haq Nawaz (77) formed the backbone of Alvaston & Boulton’s imposing 286-8 from their 45 overs.
Uttoxeter made a decent start to their reply as they laid firm foundations by reaching 80-1.
But the innings unravelled somewhat after that and although Tim Powell hit a breezy 50, they were dismissed for 142.
Edward Browne (26) and Dan sutton (22) showed promising early-season signs, but Adam Woolley’s spell of 5-8 was key to the home side running out victors.