Heavy rain ended most matches early on Saturday in North Staffs and South Cheshire including Stafford ‘s crucial relegation clash at Leycett. Stafford when were well placed in this division 2 clash. Batting first Stafford hit 265-5 declared in 53.5 overs. Experienced opener Guy Seaton hit a solid 76 which included 10 fours and 3 sixes. Skipper Greg Massingham then hit fine 100 not out before declaring and he was well supported by Professional Aparajit Singh who hit 54 not out in only 30 balls. Tom Lawton claimed 4-71 for the home side who were 87-3 in reply before the rain forced abandonment. Singh picked up 3-28 as former Derbyshire opener Dan Redfern was 59 not out. This result sees Stafford 12 points clear of the relegation place with 3 games remaining. They entertain Eccleshall at home this Saturday with a 12 noon start at Riverway.
The seconds remain in 5th spot in division four after their game also ended early at Riverway against Newcastle and Hartshill. Stafford were 122-6 with 10 overs remaining when the rain came. Opener Dave Cartlidge top scored with a steady 41. The seconds have 2 away fixtures this weekend when they visit Audley on Saturday and then Norton Bagnall on Sunday in a rearranged fixture.
In Division 7 the thirds did manage to complete their game, despite the rain, losing by 5 wickets to leaders Porthill Park on the astro at Riverway. Stafford were 130 all out with Terry Jones 25 and Andy Kirkbride 36 contributing well. Dane Beardmore with 5-39 shone with the ball for Stafford in the chase but opener Chris Matthews 55 not out saw Porthill home.
The fourths travelled to Shropshire to face Hales and were 98-9 in 39 overs. Captain Ben Thomas top scoring with 22 not out. Hales were 32-1 before the game was abandoned.
The Academy XI were 135 all out against Onneley and Maer. Skipper Ali Martin 70 not out carried his bat and Ethan Sheriff hit 50. Paul Cheadle 6-55 impressed with ball for Maer who were 49-0 in reply before the rain ended proceedings of this division 8 clash.