Bowlers come to the fore for Stafford as they net NSSCL Division Two win

Dan Cumming took three wickets in Meakins seconds' North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Two victory over Audley.
Dan Cumming took three wickets in Meakins seconds' North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Two victory over Audley. -Credit:Malcolm Hart

Stafford won a low-scoring NSSCL Division Two thriller at home against Moddershall & Oulton seconds.

A Stafford win didn’t look likely after they had been bowled out for just 82 in the first half of the contest.

Hamish Jeffreson (16no), Ash Lunn (15) and Anas Patel (10) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

Oliver Palmer picked up 4-17 for the Modd men and there were two wickets apiece for Dan Colclough and Joe Mason.

However, that meagre target proved to be enough for the home side as they skittled their rivals for 70 after the interval.

Ramiz Patel scooped 3-19 and Robert James and Alfie Rushton shared four wickets.

Rory Jones scored an unbeaten 18 for the visitors, while Palmer made 11, but it wasn’t enough as Stafford made it two wins out of two.

Checkley seconds have a 100 per cent record following their home victory over Elworth 2nd XI.

Elworth put up a decent fight, though, by totalling 175 all out at Four Trees.

Kieran Allsop’s 45 was backed up by 31 from James Holt to push the Cheshire side to a handy score.

Jack Farrington claimed 3-31 for Checkley, with Charlie Lewis Ben Haslegrave and Peter Appleboam all striking twice.

Checkley slipped to 89-4 in their run chase, but there were no further alarms.

Haslegrave hit 12 fours in his 58 not out, while the experienced Andy Carr compiled an unbeaten 46 to see the hosts over the line in the 37th over.

There was better news for another Cheshire side, Crewe, who made it back-to-back successes by taking the points at Sandyford.

Crewe batted first and made their way to 135-6 from their allocation, courtesy of Ollie Smith’s 59 not out, which contained four fours and four sixes, plus 27 from Ben Jarvis.

Craig Leese and Neil Skillcorn captured two wickets apiece for the home side.

In reply, Rory Smith (37) and Mitchell Underwood (27) impressed with the bat.

But Sandyford were limited to 126-9 at the close as Faisal Mahmood helped himself to 3-17 and Tate Rutter took two wickets.

Meakins seconds ran out six-wicket winners at home against Audley seconds.

Visitors Audley were dismissed for 118 in the formative stages of the match as they struggled to cope with the hosts’ attack.

Finley Beswick (36) and Andrew Johnson (18) were the exceptions, but Oliver Tucker (4-34), Tas Hussain (3-8) and Dan Cumming (3-15) worked their magic.

Meakins needed just 20.5 overs to knock off the runs as Andy Reed made 28, Tariq Mughal added 24 not out and there was 16 apiece from Tas Hussain and Shafique Hussain.

Moddershall & Oulton thirds won by five wickets at hoe against Wedgwood.

The Modd men were chasing 166 for victory - and crossed the winning line with more than 10 of their 40 overs remaining.

Tharaka Jayawardane and Achintha Illukkumbura both made 38, with Madeesha Eliyadura adding 29 and Danuka Tennakoon chipping in with 25. Rizwan Ramzan took 3-39.

Earlier in the day, Wedgwood amassed 165 all out.

That was largely thanks to Usman Saleem (45) and Ramzan (35).

Shameera Weerasinghe (4-19) led the Moddershall & Oulton bowling attack, with Eliyadura taking a couple of scalps.

Little Stoke prevailed on their visit to Longton seconds.

Hosts Longton made their way to 129 all out, in which Elliot Wright and Aston Mack both contributed 27. Joseph Evans snared 3-13 for Little Stoke and Waqas Ahmed scooped 3-29. Shazad Liaqat took two wickets.

Little Stoke wrapped up a five-wicket triumph on the resumption.

Simon Guy led the way with an unbeaten 43, allied to James Ecclestone’s 22 and 16 from Ahmed.

Ben Green took 3-22 for Longton, but the visitors eased to the points.