Ben Dixon steals the show for Bignall End in fine NSSCL Division Three win

Rob Bennett claimed four wickets for Bagnall Norton in their game against Leek.
Rob Bennett claimed four wickets for Bagnall Norton in their game against Leek. -Credit:Malcolm Hart

Bignall End seconds produced an excellent batting performance to win by two wickets at Hem Heath thirds in NSSCL Division Three.

They were set 204 for victory - and secured the points in the last of their 40 overs.

The win was set up by half-centuries from Ben Dixon and Adam Simcox, while Ikram Azam added 32.

Dixon hit 12 fours and one six in his 68, while Simcox weighed in with a run-a-ball 53, which featured half-a-dozen boundaries and two maximums.

Shailesh Khune captured 3-9 for the home side, with Logan Tams and Stephen Pugh taking two wickets apiece.

Dixon’s half-century rounded off an exceptional day for him after he had earlier taken 7-35.

But despite Dixon’s heroics, Hem Heath still managed to post 203-9.

That was down to Jack Wood’s 73, which contained nine fours and two sixes, with Sahill Khan (49) and Jack Jones (35) offering great support.

Leek seconds won at Bagnall Norton 2nd XI by virtue of losing fewer wickets.

Bagnall Norton reached 146 all out in the first half of the afternoon, in which Matthew Reynolds made 39 not out, Cian Gibson added 34 and Daniel Gammon contributed 24.

Adam Rutterford, Kieran Carr and Damien Harvey all claimed two wickets.

In reply, Leek stumbled to 51-6 before Dave Ratcliffe (34) and Matthew Bowcock (27) led a revival.

Rob Bennett scooped 4-28 and there were doubles from Matthew Reynolds and Nick Aitken as Leek closed on 146-9.

Newcastle & Hartshill seconds edged out newly-promoted Betley by four runs.

Harry Ford (43), Dylan Reynolds (39) and Rob Hagan (24) all impressed in Castle’s 181 all out.

Willoughby Happe was the pick of the Betley attack, finishing with 3-47, backed up by two wickets apiece for Adam Williams, Luke Taylor and Stuart Cheetham.

Jack Taylor hit seven fours and one six in his 51 after tea as he shared a first-wicket stand of 103 with Happe, who made 46.

But Castle battled back and Richard Parkes’ 3-30 and two wickets for Deacon Purcell left Betley agonisingly short on 177-7 when stumps were drawn.

Norton in Hales seconds won by six wickets at home against Burslem.

Matt Waller’s 5-17 was integral to Burslem being dismissed for 106.

Shaj Ali and Charlie Belfield shared four wickets, while Kevin Beattie (23) and Jorell Christian (20) made the most headway with the bat.

Norton in Hales dealt with business inside 19 overs as James Ruscoe made 38 and Connor Tinsley compiled 30.

Porthill Park thirds had a fine day on the road as they won at Barlaston seconds.

Ross Kesteven (21), Chris Matthews (17), Charlie Tatton (15), Declan Coxon (13) and Harry Stubbs (11) helped Porthill Park to 101 all out.

Josh Williams claimed 4-25 for Barlaston before making 22 in their chase.

And although Dan Blundred chipped in with 18 and Theo Whimpanny made 10, Barlaston were all out for 87.

Sam Barker and Tatton finished with 3-17 and 3-18 respectively.

Hanford were also away-day winners as they took the spoils at Onneley.

Adeel Mahmood’s 29 not out was the top score in Hanford’s 105 all out.

Mohammed Khalid (4-15) and Jake Short (3-26) shared seven of the wickets to fall.

Tom Salt (27) and Thomas Washington (16) fronted Onneley’s reply.

But three wickets apiece for Bassit Mahmood (3-5) and Usman Yaqub (3-22) left Onneley all out for 83.