Five-star Phipps delivers in nick of time as Betley net NSSCL Division Three win

Kieran Peake took five wickets for Bignall End, but his side were beaten by Bagnall Norton in North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Three.
Kieran Peake took five wickets for Bignall End, but his side were beaten by Bagnall Norton in North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Three. -Credit:Stoke Sentinel

Jonathan Phipps delivered a five-star performance with the ball to help Betley to battle back to beat Barlaston seconds in NSSCL Division Three.

Barlaston looked well set to reach their 135-run target after Edward Seabridge (29), Charlie Fisher (26), Rob Aked (22) and Tom Gray (21) led them to 104-3.

However, Phipps’ introduction into the attack saw a dramatic turnaround as the home side eventually banked the points.

Phipps claimed 5-4 from just 2.4 overs to instigate a Barlaston collapse to 114 all out.

Willoughby Happe and Luke Taylor also played their part with a couple of wickets apiece.

Jack Taylor had earlier top-scored with 65 in Betley’s 134 all out.

He struck eight fours and one six in his knock, although Betley might have been hoping to post a larger total after being 129-4 at one point.

John Aked (3-9) and Theo Whimpanny (3-40) took three wickets apiece, while Elliot Wilson chipped in with a double strike.

But Phipps had the final say with his excellent spell to decide matters.

Bagnall Norton seconds’ bowlers were also in fine fettle as they won on the visit to their Bignall End counterparts.

Bagnall Norton took first use, but were dismissed for 90, in which Paul Tomkinson made 24 and Imran Abdullah added 17.

Kieran Peake claimed 5-25 and there were two wickets for Ben Dixon.

But that small total proved to be more than enough as the home side were routed for just 31 after the interval.

George Clay (10) was the only batsman to make double figures.

Nick Aitken and Matthew Reynolds picked up 4-11 and 3-9 respectively. Sam Askey weighed in with two victims to boost the cause.

It was a similar scenario at Hanford, where the home side beat Hem Heath thirds.

Hanford posted 88 all out in the formative stages of the contest.

Dilmon Jacob (23), Usman Yaqub (12) and Syed Haider Bukhari (11) made the most progress with the bat.

Oscar Bradshaw led the Hem Heath bowling effort with 4-16, backed up by two wickets apiece for George Leese and Shailesh Khune.

However, Hem Heath couldn’t back up their good work with the ball in their run chase.

They were skittled for 35 as Bukhari scooped 4-4 and Abu Sayeed Jamil helped himself to 3-10.

Adeel Khalid scooped a couple of scalps, while Logan Tams top-scored with 12.

Runs were more forthcoming at Leek, where Norton in Hales seconds prevailed.

Jamie Shaw (42no), Charlie Hine (39), Toby Egerton (33) and Jack Warrington (31) teamed up to guide Norton in Hales to 175-6. Jack Bowcock, Archie Bunn and Kieran Carr all took two wickets.

In reply, Leek seconds reached 49-1... but then slumped to 68 all out.

Shaw’s 3-6, Charlie Belfield’s 3-24 and a double from Hine, ensured that the visitors eased to the spoils.

For Leek, Aidan Ainsworth and Damien Harvey both contributed 14, with Regan Clowes making 11.

Porthill Park thirds opened their campaign with a home victory over Onneley.

Ross Kesteven’s 50 formed the backbone of Porthill Park’s 102 all out.

Kesteven’s 81-ball innings featured five fours, while Harry Stubbs chipped in with 18.

Mohammed Khalid (3-18) and Mohammed Sakandar (3-28) shared six wickets and there were two for Adam Edwards.

Porthill Park’s bowlers then went to work after tea as they skittled Onneley for 51.

Sam Barker and Jonathan Tatton were the chief destroyers with figures of 4-6 and 4-11 respectively.

Stubbs followed up his batting exploits with the other two wickets.

Arfan Mohammed (16) and Kyle Knowles (10) were the main men with the bat for Onneley.