Stafford CC 1st XI lost out on their travels to Sandyford CC 1st XI thanks to a fine performance from batsman Stephan Shemilt. Sandyford had elected to bat first and were struggling as Stafford openers Luke Morien (3-59) and Tino Mafusire (2-48) made early inroads with the hosts rocking on 67-5. Shemilt then came to the crease and made a stoic 66 from 129 deliveries lifting the home side’s hopes. Graham Beardmore (4-33) eventually usurped Shemilt and cleaned up the Sandyford tail end as the innings closed on 195 all out from 53.2 overs. Stafford made a good start with Guy Seaton (37), Jamie Wood (22), and Mafusire (32) helping the visitors to 102-2 in reply before a monumental collapse. Only Luke Morien (28) offered any further resistance as Stafford tumbled to 139 all out. Stafford skipper Rob James is glad to see the back of a run of away fixtures which have seen them on the road for 5 out of the last 6 weeks. “We’ve had a few disappointing results but the way the fixtures have fallen have been difficult. We’ve only played three home games and six away. We’re looking forward to getting on a good run now and we’ve got a few key players returning for us. I hope we can get some big crowds down cheering us on and I’d encourage any cricket fans in Stafford to come down and get behind us.” Stafford are at home to Alsager at Riverway on Saturday with 12:30 start.
Stafford CC 2nd XI lost out at home to a Leek 2nd XI side in red hot form in Division 5 at Riverway on Saturday. Stafford had made a decent total on a flat wicket with the Mason brothers, Sean (83) and Karl (48), in fine form as Stafford closed on 174-9. Josh Hudson (4-45) and Nick Bailey (3-65) were the pick of Leek attack. Stafford toiled in the heat, but despite their efforts were unable to holt the progress of Zac Jupp (94*) and Dan Hunt (71*) as Leek cruised to their total without losing a wicket with 5 overs to spare.
Stafford CC 3rd XI missed out against Newcastle & Hartshill 3rd XI on Saturday at Riverway. Stafford never really got going with the bat and it was Ashish Bahn (27*) and Dane Beardmore (22) who spared the home side blushes as Stafford were dismissed for 114. Deacon Purcell (3-18) and Rob Morley (5-14) were the catalysts for the away side. Newcastle made light work of the run chase and it was Tom Holland’s composed unbeaten 51 ensuring the victory as the away side finished on 117-4.
Stafford CC 4thXI Academy continued their much-improved form with a fascinating tie against Newcastle & Hartshill 4th XI away. It was the father and son combination of Ali Martin (60), and 14 year old George Martin (37) that was to thank for Stafford making a respectable 155 all out with Haydn Nevard (4-22) inflicting the damage. The reply ebbed and flowed and both sides were in with a chance right until the last moments. Robbie Cartlidge (2-19) and Trevor Stewart (2-35) took early wickets but Harry Ford (29) kept the run chase on. At 140-7 it was important to bowl tightly and under 15 prospects Matt Green (3-28) and Jake Stewart (2-30) bowled superbly to dismiss Newcastle for 155 all out and claim 14 points for a tie.