Stone SP seconds duo make light work of rivals in NSSCL Division Three clash

Stone SP seconds made light of a rain interruption to pocket a 10-wicket home victory over their Audley counterparts in NSSCL Division Three.

Audley had amassed 161 all out on back of Gary Boyles and Richard Beckett making 41 apiece.

Robert Pochwyt (3-24) and Jack Harvey (3-25) did the damage with the ball for the hosts.

The weather saw Stone SP set a revised target of 123 in 32 overs… and they romped past the post.

James Pokora hit 13 fours in his 68 not out and opening partner William Alsbury compiled an unbeaten 44 as Stone SP crossed the line with eight overs to spare.

Louis Bacon hit a century for Crewe, but his side lost at home to Checkley seconds.

Bacon’s 102 not put formed the backbone of Crewe’s 198-8 from their 40 overs, an innings which also saw Callum Bacon and Max Parry both make 27.

Shazad Liaqat, Ben Carrigan and Dan Amos all took two wickets.

Checkley had few issues knocking off the runs, achieving a seven-wicket win with three overs in the bank.

That was largely thanks top Matt Taylor’s composed 90 not out, featuring nine fours, while Ben Carrigan chipped in with 51. Parry took two wickets.

Meakins seconds won a high-scoring home clash against Eccleshall 2nd XI.

Zafar Iqbal played another key innings in Meakins seconds' win against Eccleshall seconds in North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Three.
Zafar Iqbal played another key innings in Meakins seconds’ win against Eccleshall seconds in North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Three.

Zafar Iqbal was on the ton trail to power Meakins to 240-9 from their 40 overs.

Iqbal, who played a match-winning knock at Checkley the week before, smashed seven fours and nine sixes in his 104, while Tariq Mughal made 84 in quick time.

Craig Sinclair scooped 3-31 for Eccleshall.

Connor Beasley constructed 75 in reply, but Iqbal’s 3-22, allied to doubles from Mughal, Usmah Mazhar and Ollie Radzins left Eccleshall all out for 207.

Cheadle seconds banked the spoils from their home meeting with Hanford.

Adam Alcock (51), Jac Bullock (41), Thomas Degg (34) and Ryan Day (30) helped Cheadle to 194-6. Arris Zaid took 3-38.

Dilmon Jacob top-scored with 40 in response, but Hanford were skittled for 113 as Jack Winfield helped himself to 4-4.

Longton won on their visit to Moddershall & Oulton seconds.

Archie Doorbar’s 29 was the principal contribution to Longton’s 138 all out, which also featured 3-11 from Joe Mason.

The Modd men would have fancied their chances at that point – and even more so when Rory Jones (30) and Jono Whalley (24) impressed in the chase.

However, Simon Elwell’s 4-13 was the decisive individual performance as the hosts were bowled out for 108.

Hem Heath were also away-day winners as they returned from Wedgwood with the points.

Rizwan Ramzan (42) and Aaron Tymczuk (30) led Wedgwood to 179-6. Khaled Ullah and Steve Pugh both struck twice.

The rain saw Hem Heath’s target reduced to 109 off 22 overs… and they knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets.

Ben Rogerson top-scored in the successful chase with 46.

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