Zen Malik is the T20 master as Leek cruise to victory in first-round tie

Zen Malik scored a century for Leek in their T20 Cup win against Audley.
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Zen Malik blasted a century as Leek eased through to the next round of the JS Sports Vince Lindo T20 Cup.

Staffordshire’s Malik was in superb touch to make 101, off 47 balls, including six fours and eight sixes, as Leek piled up 217-3 in their first-round tie at home against Audley.

Malik shared a first-wicket stand of 178 in just 14.2 overs with Alex Mellor.

Mellor struck six fours and four sixes in his 78.

Faizan Riaz took two wickets for Audley and then made 22 in their run chase.

Rob Hemmings top-scored with 53, but Audley were well off the pace and drew stumps on 128-8. Josh Hudson took two wickets.

Defending champions Bagnall Norton cruised past Whitmore in their Friday night clash.

Visitors Bagnall Norton had one foot in the next round at the halfway point after amassing 203-6 from their allocation.

Justin Mould’s 53 featured four boundaries and three sixes, with Matt Kenvyn and Imraan Manack weighing in with 34 apiece.

Whitmore were then skittled for 82 in reply as Manack and Cian Gibson shared four wickets.

Ashcombe Park overcame a horror start to defeat Premier B rivals Elworth at Basford Bridge Lane.

An early finish looked to be on the cards once Ashcombe Park tumbled to 15-5.

However, they recovered superbly as Riecko Parker-Cole’s 57, 27 from Jamie Ball and Phil Clowes’ 24 led them to 142-9.

Ali Usman and Maulik Bhalodiya finished with 3-15 and 3-16 respectively.

Elworth struggled in their reply and although Usman (25) and David Potter (21no) starred, they were limited to 100-8.

Anis Raza helped himself to 4-24, with Nathan Ball chipping in with a couple of victims.

Newcastle & Hartshill won by eight wickets on their trip to Caverswall.

Dan Gibbs’ 3-14 was instrumental in Caverswall being restricted to 84-6. Lewis Wright (25) and Thomas Caton (21) offered the biggest contributions.

It took Castle just 9.1 overs to knock off the runs as Rohan Vallabhaneni made 31 and Andy Whitehead weighed in with 20.

Checkley won by seven wickets at home against Silverdale.

Adil Ibrahim’s 52, which contained four fours and two sixes, helped Silverdale to 134-7. Nils Priestley and Diwesh Pathania took two wickets apiece.

James Kettleborough compiled 54 in reply and Michael Allen’s unbeaten 30 put the finishing touches to Checkley’s chase in the 17th over.

Eccleshall are also through after winning at Leycett.

Rhys Owens captured 3-25 in Leycett’s 139-5 in the first part of the evening’s action. Oliver Shirley top-scored with 41.

Amaan Tariq claimed 3-17 on the resumption, but 33 apiece from Owens and Dan Byatt, 29 from Ben Rogerson and Deklan Binnington’s 25 saw Eccleshall to a six-wicket win with more than four overs to spare.

Hem Heath emerged victorious in the all-Premier A battle at Moddershall & Oulton.

Liam Banks (39), EJ Laverty (34) and Matt Hodson (23) impressed in Hem Heath’s 143-6.

Dan Richardson struck 24 in Modd’s response, but Banks’ 3-22, plus double strikes from Ray Toole and Tom Hodson, left them on 114-8 at the close.

Meakins cruised to an eight-wicket victory at Wood Lane.

Wood Lane were dismissed for 103, in which Eddie Visser top-scored with 43 and Omar Ali added 30.

Karl High claimed 3-25 for Meakins, backed up by braces from Sunny Singh and Oliver Tucker.

Zaighum Abbas secured his own double after the interval, but Peter Wilshaw’s unbeaten 53 saw Meakins home inside 12 overs.