Matthew Hammersley hits top ton as Audley break NSSCL Division Two duck

James Ecclestone was in the runs and wickets as Little Stoke beat Wedgwood in North Staffs and South Cheshire League Division Two.
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Audley seconds secured their first NSSCL Division Two win of the season at the expense of fellow strugglers Longton 2nd XI.

Audley gave themselves an excellent chance of breaking their duck by piling up 243-7 from their allocation.

Matthew Hammersley led the way with a superb 115 not out, an innings which contained 17 fours and one six.

John Shenton (46no) and Billy Jones (23) lent valuable support to their opener.

Alen Alex claimed 3-59 for Longton, with Brodie Mack taking a couple of scalps.

Elliot Wright (34), Awais Ahmed (31), Luke Woodward (27) and Aston Mack (22) all made decent contributions on the resumption.

But it was Audley’s day as they skittled their rivals for 178, mainly thanks to Jones’ 4-19.

Stafford’s spinners were in a rich vein of form to bowl their side to victory at home against Sandyford.

Sandyford were set 206 to win - and were making decent progress as Mitchell Underwood’s 54, plus 47 from Jamie Oakley, left them handily-placed on 130-2.

However, Hareen Buddila (5-31) and Matthew Turner (3-42) then went to work to instigate a Sandyford collapse to 151 all out.

Stafford had earlier amassed 205-5 declared on the back of half-centuries from Guy Seaton and Robert James.

Seaton top-scored with 85, hitting 11 fours, while James struck six boundaries in his unbeaten 51.

Ashley Lunn chipped in with 24 and there were a couple of victims for Craig Leese.

Little Stoke secured a two-wicket win at home against Wedgwood.

Wedgwood stuck 177 all out on the board first up, led by Usman Saleem’s 36.

Ramzan Mohammed (31) and Fehsal Hussain (25) were also valuable contributors.

James Ecclestone (4-17) took the bowling accolades for Little Stoke, allied to a double strike from Arris Ziad.

Saleem and Aaron Tymczuk then scooped 3-21 and 3-38 respectively after tea.

But Joe Avery’s 48, 47 from Ecclestone and 22 apiece from Seth Jones and Andy Leese saw Little Stoke to their target.

Crewe were away-day winners at Moddershall & Oulton thirds.

Lewis Bacon top-scored with 80, which contained six fours and one six, as Crewe made serene progress to 248-9.

His innings was well supported by Ollie Jarvis (41), Ryan Briddon (31) and Tate Rutter (28).

Joseph Walley helped himself to 4-47 for the Modd men.

The home side were then dismissed for 158 in their run chase.

Tharaka Jayawardane made 41, but Harry Edler’s 3-33, plus two wickets apiece for Callum Bacon and Faisal Mahmood, proved to be the difference.

Meakins seconds won at home against Elworth 2nd XI.

Adam Taylor’s 36 not out and James Holt’s 31 were the principal contributions to Elworth’s 125 all out.

Dan Cumming (4-30) and Tas Hussain (3-25) did the damage with the ball.

Hussain then played a key role with the bat as his unbeaten 66 - featuring 12 fours - led Meakins to a three-wicket win.

Mike Holt took 3-13 for Elworth, but it wasn’t enough.