3rd XI Winning Selfie
With one game remaining Stafford’s miserable season in Division 2 of the North Staffs and South Cheshire league continued with a 3 wicket defeat at Woore. This result leaves them 8 points adrift of safety with the visit of Barlaston to come this Saturday with a 12-00 noon start at Riverway. Stafford batted first and struggled to 99 all out with only Rob James with 54 showing any resistance to Andrew Kenvyn’s 6-29. In the reply Woore got home with 3 wickets in hand despite the efforts of professional Aparajit Singh who claimed 4-15 in 26 overs of left arm spin which amazingly included 20 maidens.
The seconds faced high flying Silverdale at home on Saturday and came away with a respectable draw in a Division 4 clash. Silverdale hit 162-6 in 48 overs with Adrian Whittaker hitting 40. In the reply Stafford settled for the draw closing on 104-8 with Ali Martin hitting 29 and Jack Scerri 27. Toby Degg and Callum Leese claimed 3 wickets each for the visitors. Stafford’s final fixture is at Barlaston on Saturday needing a few points to secure a mid-table position.
In Division 7 the thirds secured safety with a fine win at home to Woore 2nd XI by 5 wickets. Woore were 192 all out batting first with Bob Singh claiming 4-32 as Abbas Mukhtar hit 70. Young Oscar Bell claimed his first senior wicket as this level in his very first appearance for the thirds. Stafford got home comfortably in the chase thanks to Singh who had a great all round day. He hit 94 not out including 13 fours and a six in a fine knock that was well supported by Terry Jones with 29.
The fourths played at home to Onneley and Maer 2nds on Sunday winning a close game by 13 runs in a tight finish. James Scerri with 27 top scored as Stafford hit 105 all out, Mohammed Khalid claimed 4-29. Maer’s batsmen also struggled to score quickly in their reply as Gary Fulton claimed 5-27. Paul Freeman claimed the vital last 2 wickets as the visitors fell agonisingly short in 39.2 overs. They had looked well placed at 89-6 at one stage.
The Academy XI also played on Sunday travelling to Newcastle and Hartshill 3rds who hit 241-7 declared batting first thanks to Tom Holland ‘s 66. Jake Stewart impressed with his leg spin claiming 4-88. In the reply Stafford were 52 all out Trevor Stewart top scored with 23 not out as Jack Wilson did the damage claiming a remarkable 7-6 in only 8.1 overs.