It was the end to a disappointing season down at Riverway as Stafford’s first team relegation to Division 3 for the first time is their history was confirmed. This confirms back to back relegations for Greg Massingham’s men who will be looking to regroup and bounce back next year. As results went a win at home to Barlaston on Saturday would have secured safety and they came agonisingly close losing by just 29 runs. It was a good performance by Stafford who were without a professional or overseas player as they bowled out Barlaston for 152 in 44.2 overs. Paul Freeman 3-37 and Guy Seaton 3-15 were the pick of their attack as Ben Grange with 27 top scored for the visitors. In the reply Seaton lead the way when opening the batting with 65 but nobody could quite support him well enough to see them over line. Once he was eventually dismissed by professional Shahid Khan who claimed 7-31,Stafford were 123 all out.
The seconds in division four finished just below mid table as an under strength side lost out at Barlaston. Richard Sharp 49 and Brett Young 102 not out steered Barlaston to 198-3 declared before Stafford were 88 all out in reply. Tony Milner top scored with 26 as spinner Matthew Myers claimed 5-47
The thirds were safe in division 7 but finished with a heavy defeat at Hanford. They did well with the ball bowling Hanford out for 110 thanks to Ali Aurakzai 4-31. The batting however slumped to 14 all out with Praveen Goli claiming an impressive 7-8.
The fourths has a positive weekend with 2 victories which sees them move up to 6th in Division 8. On Saturday they beat Church Eaton by 9 wickets at Riverway after James Peate 5-35 bowled them out for 67. Chris Guest top scored with 29 for Church Eaton. Toby Horton with 46 not out made light work of the chase seeing Stafford home in 14.1 overs closing on 68-1. Horton continued his form on Sunday hitting 39 and skipper Ben Thomas 29 in their 152 all out batting first against Newcastle and Hartshill. Newcastle were 106 all out in the reply as James Cronie hit 57 but once he was dismissed James Scerri with 4-11 mopped up the tail. The fourths still have one game to play this Saturday as they play the return game at Newcastle.
The Academy XI finished their campaign off with an improved performance at Checkley on Sunday. Checkley hit 225-6 declared as Paul Brice hit 93. Stafford put up a good fight in their innings as Ethan Sheriff hit a classy 70 and Trevor Stewart 28 before they were 168 all out losing by 57 runs. Harvey Belcher claimed 3-37 for Checkley.