Longton take the honours in ECB National Club Championship tie at Porthill Park

Sam Kelsall led Moddershall & Oulton to victory at Old Hill in the ECB National Club Championship.
Sam Kelsall led Moddershall & Oulton to victory at Old Hill in the ECB National Club Championship. -Credit:Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel

Longton won the all-NSSCL Premier Division tie against Porthill Park to progress to the next round of the ECB National Club Championship.

The rain had a say in proceedings, but it was ultimately visitors Longton who managed to bank a five-wicket triumph.

Porthill Park struggled with the bat in the Group Eight tie at the Old County Ground.

They could only muster 112 all out, in which Matthew Coxon (29), Israr Ullah (19), 13 apiece from Tom Longworth and John Hancock, and Jack Kesteven’s 12 were the principal contributions.

Spinner Matheesha Perera scooped 5-27 and left-arm seamer Faheem Basharat picked up 3-33. Anuj Jotin took the other two wickets.

The in-form Tom Steele (38) and Alex Thorley (24) shone for Longton in their chase, but Jacob Degg’s double strike left them 77-5.

The match was arguably in the balance at that stage, but Jotin (19no) and Joseph Abbotts (12no) led them to 101-5 from 27.1 overs before the rain arrived.

And with Longton well ahead of the required target at that point, they continued their national journey.

Hem Heath are also through following a comprehensive home victory over Cheshire outfit Hyde.

A first-wicket stand of 144 between Matthew Hodson and Liam Banks set the platform for Hem Heath to post 239-6 from their 40 overs.

Hodson hit nine fours in his 82, with Banks’ 71 featuring seven fours and three maximums.

Callum Leese (38) added late impetus, while Andrew Jackson claimed 4-60.

Hyde had plenty of batsmen make starts on the resumption.

Adam Worrall (21), Rohit Acharya (19), Daniel Cranmer (17), Cole Turner (15) and Jackson (14) all got in.

However, no-one could go on to make a decent contribution as Hyde were dismissed for 126.

Tom Hodson helped himself to 4-9 and Banks completed a fine individual day with 3-31.

Moddershall & Oulton made it a clean sweep for local sides in this group as they won their clash at Old Hill.

The Modd men were indebted to skipper Sam Kelsall (47), Danushka Sandaruwan (46no) and Jacob Garlick (26no) for steering them to 181-7 from their allocation.

Aamir Manzoor and Alex Elsworth both picked up a couple of wickets.

A slight rain delay changed Old Hill’s target to 179 in 39 overs.

And they were bowled out in the final over for 162 as Moddershall & Oulton advanced.

Kelsall and Alex Price snared 3-28 and 3-32 respectively, while Bilal Hassan’s unbeaten 48 was the top score for the home side.

In Group Seven, Nantwich survived a scare to beat Wolverhampton at Whitehouse Lane.

Visitors Wolverhampton batted first and made their way to 181 all out in the pre-tea action. George Margetts (32), Jack Stanley (31), Ramanjot Jaswal (27), Hassan Qaumi (24) and Rehaan Edavalath (22) guided their side to a decent total.

Jason Foulkes scooped 3-54 for the Dabbers and there were double strikes from seamer Mitchell Spencer and spin king Ollie Griffiths.

Nantwich fell to 32-4 in their run chase, but their innings was revived by a 122-run stand for the fifth wicket between Spencer Byatt and Phil Stockton.

Byatt struck 10 fours in his 60 and Stockton’s unbeaten 55 contained seven boundaries.

And when the rain ended play in the 32nd over, Nantwich were 175-8 - 13 runs ahead of where they needed to be.

William Jones and Joe Stanley finished with 4-46 and 3-24 respectively for Wolverhampton.

Audley exited the competition after being well beaten at Knowle & Dorridge.

Audley were placed firmly on the back foot once Knowle & Dorridge had rattled up 320-6 from their 40 overs.

Jamie Hughes top-scored with 123, which included 13 fours and four sixes, and came off 105 balls.

Oliver Currill took the game away from the visitors with a 65-ball 91 late in the day.

His knock included five fours and nine sixes.

Ed Jones took 3-58 for Audley, with Thomas Boundy grabbing a couple of scalps.

Audley captain Rob Hemmings replied with 77 in reply, featuring 12 fours and one six, with Jones (23), Jack Redman (20) and boundy (19) also getting going.

However, Audley were never likely to knock off that huge target and they were eventually dismissed for 193.

David Ball claimed 3-30 for Knowle & Dorridge, backed up by two wickets apiece for Ben Kavanagh and Mohammed Umar Shaikh.

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