Stafford CC romped to a comprehensive victory against rivals Meir Heath CC at Riverway on Saturday in NSSC league Division 2. Stafford won the toss and elected to bowl first and it soon proved to be a good decision. The seam duo of Paul Freeman (4-12) and Tino Mafusire (6-24) blew away their Meir Heath counterparts for an incredible 49 all out in just 28 overs. Guy Seaton (21 not out) ensured the commanding victory as the hosts eased to their target for the loss of one wicket. “All credit to the two bowlers really – Paul and Tino took advantage of the swinging conditions and bowled superbly. We also held all our catches which makes a big difference as we all know good players won’t give you too many chances. Meir aren’t a bad side and to get a win like that under a bit of league table pressure was really pleasing and we’re looking forward to the Bignall End game on Saturday now.” Stafford travel to Bignall End with a 12:30 start.
Tino 6 for 24
Stafford CC third XI lost out on their travels to Endon 2nd XI on Saturday in Division 7. Endon batted first and reached 127 all out mainly thanks to Bradley Spooner’s (58 not out) fine lower order innings. Veteran Sean Connolly (3-39) was the pick of the bowlers. Stafford could only manage 73 all out in reply as Dan Shelley (5-35) and Josh Reynolds (4-13) proved too hot to handle as Endon sealed the victory.
Stafford CC fourth team Academy were overcome by Church Eaton CC firsts in Division 8 on Saturday at Riverway. Church Eaton batted first and reached 229-3 declared with Jonathan Arnold (60 not out), Neil Archer (56), Dan Smith (50) enjoying the conditions. Ali Martin (36), Eddie Singh (26), and Jake Stewart (19) made starts but Stafford were undone by Dom Chambers (4-18) and Adrian Melbourn (3-28) as the hosts fell for 112.