Magnificent Myers inspires Barlaston to another NSSCL Division One points haul

Brad Hulme made 55 for Endon, but his side lost to Bignall End in North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division One.
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Matthew Myers produced a six-wicket blast to lead Barlaston to victory over Oakamoor in NSSCL Division One.

Oakamoor were chasing 182 for the points - and gave it a decent go as Tom Sherratt (36), Adam Keates (32), Callum Lowe (23) and Kris Heathcote (15) all made valuable contributions.

But the star of the innings turned out to be Barlaston’s Myers as he helped himself to 6-24 to leave the visitors all out for 145.

Jack Davies also played his part with a couple of scalps.

Third-placed Barlaston set sail to a fifth win in seven matches earlier in the afternoon by amassing 181-6 from their 50 overs.

Experienced opener Brian Sims anchored proceedings with 72, which contained seven fours and two sixes.

Support was plentiful with Fida Hussain’s 33, Ben Grange’s 21 not out, 19 from Jon Taylor and Alan Kiteley’s 18 keeping the scoreboard gainfully employed.

Dilesh Gunarathne claimed two of the wickets to fall for Oakamoor.

It’s Bignall End who are setting the pace at present after they secured a sixth win in seven by emerging victorious at Endon.

Martin Dawson was their hero with bat and ball to power them to another success.

Dawson scooped 5-22 - and Ahsam Zaroof struck twice - to leave Endon all out for 160.

Brad Hulme made the biggest impact with 55, which contained nine fours and one six. Dan Bailey weighed in with 40 lower down the order.

That target didn’t trouble Bignall End, who notched a six-wicket win in just 25 overs.

Dawson set the tone with a rapid 62, which included four fours and five maximums.

George Harding (30), Irfan Khan (29no) and Niall Hassett (22no) were also in fine fettle to complete a comfortable victory.

Cheadle are nine points off top spot in second following their win at their Porthill Park counterparts.

Matthew Degg’s 4-12 was backed up by double strikes from James Jackson, Ben Degg and Jack Winfield to instigate Porthill Park’s downfall to 88 all out. Blake Blumeris (27) and Joe Bridgewater (24) were the only two batsmen to make any significant headway.

Cheadle required less than 13 overs to put the finishing touches to an eight-wicket triumph.

Jake Mills blazed a 33-ball 51, hitting eight fours and one six along the way.

And with Craig Smith adding 20, the match was quickly decided.

Stone SP seconds impressed as they defeated Hem Heath 2nd XI by seven wickets.

Hem Heath were limited to 129 all out in the early part of the afternoon as Euan Irving and Robert Pochwyt picked up 4-33 and 3-24 respectively. There were also a couple of wickets for Devon Pollard.

Rob Price top-scored for Hem Heath with 27, with Ben Lucas chipping in with 23.

Stone SP had few concerns in knocking off that target, fronted by veteran skipper Richard Harvey (45no).

Pollard’s 38 and 26 from Sam Butters eased them over the winning line.

Rode Park & Lawton’s Zia Ul Haq Parwani hit a century, but his side had to be content with a draw at Meir Heath.

Parwani’s 105, containing 13 fours, enabled Rode Park & Lawton to reach 227-3 at the halfway point.

Jonathan Gallimore struck six boundaries in his own 50, while Richard Bebbington made 35.

Jack Harrison’s 4-24 and Parwani’s 3-35 pushed Rode Park & Lawton close to victory on the resumption.

But Meir Heath managed to survive as they drew stumps on 158-9.

That was largely thanks to a marathon effort from Dale Heath, who faced 145 balls for his 61. He struck six fours.

Asim Ali’s 36 was also key to the home side achieving safety.

Sandbach had the better of their draw at Blythe.

Half-centuries from Jack Collett and Ather Abid led Sandbach to an imposing 252-6 declared.

Collett’s unbeaten 68 featured nine fours with Abid striking eight fours and two sixes in his 61.

Saeed Ali (42) and Ben Collett (37) also had fun, while there were two wickets apiece for Chris Gask and Junaid Ali.

Blythe battled hard after the interval and managed to navigate their way to 185-9 at stumps.

Muhammad Salman Hanif made 56, featuring 10 fours, backed up by Aslam Zulqarnain’s 23 and 20 from Tom Lowe.

Ali snared 5-29 for Sandbach, but Blythe hung on.