Little Stoke seconds impress to end Eccleshall's run in NSSCL Division Four

Finlay Simms made 45 as Little Stoke beat Eccleshall in their North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Four clash.
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Eccleshall seconds tasted defeat for the first time in NSSCL Division Four this season after losing at home to Little Stoke 2nd XI.

Eccleshall had won all five outings prior to Saturday’s clash - and still lead the way despite seeing their unbeaten record end.

Lewis Steele was in fine form with the ball for Little Stoke as his haul of 4-22 instigated the home side’s demise to 114 all out.

Evan Bradford, James Murphy and Stuart Jones shared the remaining wickets to fall.

Dave Ecclestone (26) and Taiyub Rehman (20no) made the biggest contributions with the bat.

Ben Thomas struck twice on the resumption, but Little Stoke still made their way to a five-wicket triumph.

Finley Simms fronted their successful chase with 45, backed up by Zak Mosam’s 32, as the visitors crossed the line in the 27th over.

Oakamoor seconds impressed on the road to pocket the points at their Ashcombe Park counterparts.

Oakamoor took first use and made decent progress to 157 all out, in which Dan James top-scored with 37.

Keith Hallam and Grant Roberts finished with 3-9 and 3-31 respectively.

Ashcombe Park struggled to get going after tea - Steve Proffitt’s 37 aside - as they were bundled out for 83.

George Kent (4-19) led the way with the ball for Oakamoor, allied to three wickets apiece for Matt Carnwell (3-5) and Mike Worthington (3-21).

Sandon are up to second place in the standings after inflicting a sixth straight defeat on Knypersley seconds.

Hosts Sandon seized control of the contest by piling up 173-6 from their 40 overs.

Richard Whitehead’s 58, which contained eight fours, plus 37 from Andy Wootton, helped them to put a competitive score on the board.

Oliver Lowe helped himself to a couple of wickets for Knype.

In reply, Knypersley were skittled for just 47, with Lee Fallows’ 10 being the only double-figure contribution.

Shahbas Mansoor (4-13) and Adrian Rushton (3-9) did the damage for Sandon.

Woore have also lost all six outings after being defeated on their visit to Kidsgrove.

Lauren Kenvyn (39) and Michael Burton (25) made the biggest impressions as Woore reached 101 all out in the first half.

James Green, Matt Turnock, Danny Roberts and Ben Bennett all scooped two wickets.

Jake Topping claimed a brace on the resumption, but Kidsgrove had few concerns in knocking off the runs.

They secured a five-wicket win as Green made 30 not out and Bennett compiled an unbeaten 27.

Alsager seconds executed a fine run chase to win at home against Moddershall & Oulton fourths.

Alsager were set 170 for victory - and had six overs to spare when they completed a seven-wicket success.

Kev Leigh was in good form to make 73 not out, which came off 72 balls and contained 10 fours and three sixes.

Dave Kelly (36) and Billy Strong (22no) lent the required support to see the home side over the line.

Earlier in the piece, a fifth-wicket stand of 73 between Joseph Walley and Alfie Womble formed the backbone of the visitors’ 169-6.

Womble contributed 36, with Walley stealing the show with a fine 83. He hit nine boundaries. Chris McKeown and Andrew Watkins shared four wickets.

Church Eaton saw off the challenge of Silverdale seconds.

Jonathan Arnold (43), Robert Hogarth (37) and Michael Holdcroft (35) led Church Eaton to 186 all out.

Matt Smith snared 6-38 for Silverdale, with William Shenton striking twice.

Smith then made 40 in Silverdale’s post-tea reply. Gareth Metcalfe (28) and Glynn Moore (26no) also kept the scoreboard ticking over, but it wasn’t enough for Dale.

They eventually drew stumps on 144-7 as Matt White claimed 3-6 and there were two wickets for Abdullah Mohamed Haseem.