Stafford CC put in an improved performance but fell 25 runs short against promotion favourites Woore CC at Riverway on Saturday. Stafford won the toss and elected to field, dismissing Woore for 228 with Sri Lankan professional Dissanagge Eranga Thilina Rathnayake in top form for his 122. Luke Morien (3-83), Tino Mafusire (3-37), and Ethan Sheriff (3-44) were on the money picking up three wickets apiece for Stafford. In Stafford’s reply, captain Rob James (93) led from the front to put the hosts into a winning position at 174-4 before losing 5 wickets for just fifteen runs. Experienced campaigner Tas Hussein (5-60) and Rathnayake (3-56) pulled it back as Stafford were dismissed for 203 and Woore picked up the victory. Despite the loss, Stafford will be buoyed by accruing 10 vital bonus points as they travel to Porthill Park seconds next Saturday with a 12:30 start.
Stafford CC seconds missed out on victory by 18 runs against Meakins thirds on their travels on Saturday. Stafford won the toss and fielded restricting the home side to 167-4 from their allotted overs. Charles Harrison (40) and Martin Hughes (31) runs were the foundation for the home side. Stafford looked set to get the victory with Terry Jones (38) and Stephen Bennett (32) playing well but former Staffordshire star David Edwards (3-36) and Oliver Radzins (2-9) struck to leave Stafford all out for 149 from 37.2 overs.
Stafford CC thirds picked up a four-wicket victory at Wedgewood seconds on Saturday. Wedgewood won the toss and chose to bat but could only manage 121-7 from their 45 overs. Dane Beardmore (3-29) and leg-spinner Andrew Kirkbride (3-39) were in form with the ball for Stafford. Stafford reached their target with 2 overs to spare and it was largely thanks to the excellent Mike Bostock (59 not out) who took his side to 25 point victory.
4th XI Academy
In division 8, Stafford CC fourth XI Academy secured a dramatic late win against Oakamoor CC thirds at Riverway on Saturday. Stafford CC were asked to bat and exciting prospect Oscar Bell (46) took centre stage with good support from Neil Dainty (34) as Stafford reached a competitive 187-7 from their overs. Rob Pearson (4-45) was the pick of the Oakamoor attack. In reply, Bell (2-13), Bob Singh (2-15), and young leg-spinner Jake Stewart (3-54) kept Stafford in the game as James Sells (52) fought hard for the visitors. The game seemed to be heading for a draw at 179-8 going into the final over, but Trevor Stewart was the hero as he struck twice to start the celebrations for Stafford.