Elworth find their form to break NSSCL Premier B duck with victory at Caverswall

Jake Thompson made 78 in Wood Lane's NSSCL Premier B victory at Knypersley.
Jake Thompson made 78 in Wood Lane's NSSCL Premier B victory at Knypersley. -Credit:Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel

Elworth banked their first NSSCL Premier B victory of the season and extended Caverswall’s winless run in the process.

Both sides went into the clash having the lost their opening two matches, but it was the Cheshire visitors who finally managed to get off the mark.

Their victory quest was boosted in the opening stages of the encounter as they amassed 193 all out.

Ali Usman top-scored with 36, with Ed Parrish and Ash Rogers both contributing 29, Chris Winter making 20 not out and Harry Newton adding 16.

Eklavya Gupta (4-24) and Thomas Caton (3-20) did the damage with the ball, allied to Brandon Hughes-Philpott’s double strike.

Craig Grimley replied with 50, which contained five fours, and Gupta weighed in with 32.

But there wasn’t another big contribution and Caverswall were limited to 139-9 when their 45 overs came to an end.

Usman scooped 3-32 for the visitors, with Winter, Parrish and Newton sharing six wickets.

Leycett were also celebrating a maiden triumph of the summer to bring an end to Alsager’s unbeaten start.

Opener Oliver Shirley anchored Leycett’s innings in the formative stages with a half-century.

Shirley struck seven fours and two sixes in his 58 to set Leycett on the road to posting 172-8.

Dan Redfern (44) and Tom Warburton (20) also played their part for the Park Terrace hosts.

Tom Bason, Khalid Jamal and Thikshila De Silva all helped themselves to two wickets for Alsager.

However, Alsager never managed to click in their chase, being bundled out for 120.

Sean Price and Greg Phillips both made 22, with Jamal making 19 late in the day.

But it was Leycett who took the spoils as Muhammad Usman Ahmed picked up 4-20 and there were two wickets apiece for Amaan Tariq and Warburton.

Newcastle & Hartshill made it three wins out of three - but only just - after squeezing past Ashcombe Park by one wicket.

Visitors Ashcombe Park took first use, but could only muster 103 all out.

Haroon Mahmood and Nathan Ball made 15 apiece, with David Proffitt (14) and Anis Raza (11) also making starts.

Sachithra Perera (3-9) led the way with the ball for Castle, backed up by two victims each for Harry Bailey, Andy Whitehead and Jack Wilson.

Ethan Brown (27) and Muhammad Qamar Khan (20) led Castle to 74-3 in reply - and seemingly on course for a comfortable win.

But Ashcombe Park roared back into contention as Riecko Parker-Cole (3-20), plus two wickets apiece for Jacob Johnson and Josh Johnson, instigated a home slide to 99-9.

However, just as Ashcombe Park were contemplating victory, Bailey (5no) and Wilson (3no) steered Newcastle & Hartshill to the points.

Wood Lane also have a hat-trick of victories under their belts after winning at Knypersley, who are still waiting for their first success.

Knype old boy Jake Thompson steered Wood Lane to 139 all out on their road trip to Tunstall Road.

Wood Lane slipped from 69-2 to 85-7 at one point, but a 46-run stand for the eighth wicket between Thompson and Richie Jervis (15) led a revival.

Thompson was the star of the show, though, compiling 78, which featured seven fours and one six.

Munir Ur Rehman Tanzil snared 5-22 for the home side, with doubles coming from Liam Hopkins and Paul Goodwin.

Knypersley had several batsmen get out of the blocks after the interval, but no-one could go on to play a match-winning innings.

Jon Cumberbatch (19), Mike Dodd (18), Daniyal Hussain Rajput (13) and Goodwin (11) all made impressions.

But three wickets apiece for Eddie Visser (3-18) and Arbaz Hussain (3-28) left the home side all out for 98.

Whitmore also boast a 100 per cent record after winning at home against Silverdale.

Khalid Hamidi’s 55, which contained three fours and five sixes, underpinned Whitmore’s 160 all out.

Aaqil Mohideen (42) was also in fine fettle, while Matt Moore (4-35) took the bowling plaudits for Dale.

Syed Bukhari and Alex McChristie shared four wickets.

Muhammad Chaudary (29no) and Matthew Deyzel (20) shone lower down the order for Silverdale, but they were dismissed for 140.

Lee Johnson led the way with 4-22, with the rest of the wickets being shared by Hamidi, Bilal Hussain and Oliver Johnson.

Eccleshall had few concerns in sweeping past the challenge of Norton in Hales.

Visitors Eccleshall posted 165 all out, thanks to Greg Clark’s 58, which included nine fours and one six.

Myles Coughlan (23) and Jack Knapper (16) lent valuable support.

Ewan Farnell and Jack Furnival scooped 3-24 and 3-46 respectively.

Norton in Hales’ run chase fell flat as they were skittled for 77, in which Mohammed Jamal made 32.

The hero of the hour for Eccleshall was Coughlan, who picked up 6-19, backed up by double strikes from Matthew Bailey and Lewis Evans.