Stafford CC missed out on victory at Bignall End CC on Saturday in Division 2. Bignall won the toss and elected to bat and made 255-7 declared against at depleted bowling line up. Paul Freeman (3-62) continued his good form with the ball but John Maskrell (72) and Sohail Zaroof (51) were in good nick. Stafford made a steady start in reply before Tino Mafusire (56) came in at his destructive best. However, Zaroof (7-37) completed a fine performance as Stafford were dismissed for 151. “We probably needed one more wicket when we had them 92-3 to get into them and unfortunately we dropped Sohail early on – that’s the way it goes sometimes. We’ve got a winnable game on Saturday and it’s free admission to come and watch – if there’s any cricket fans in the town we’d love to see a big crowd to cheer us on” Stafford are at home to Meakins 2nds on Saturday with a 12:30 start.
The seconds had a disappointing defeat at home to Wood Lane after dismissing the visitors for 109 they were shot out for only 77 in reply. Robin Doorbar held the Wood Lane innings together with a 50 as Martin Brazier claimed 5-35 with a spell of slow off spin. Graham Gillis hit 31 in the reply but the rest of the Stafford batting fell away too cheaply as Archie Doorbar claimed 5-37
A much weakened thirds because of holidays lost heavily after being bowled out for 84 at home to Oakamoor 3rds. Newcomers Vishwantha Hiremathad 20 and Ravhagendra Rarnappa hit 20 and 21 respectively. Oakamoor reached that target comfortably as openers Andrew Booth 30 not out and Alfie Watford 49 not out steered them home without losing a wicket.
4th XI Academy
The 4th XI Academy came up against a strong Crewe 2nd XI who hit 272-6 declared in 35 overs. Oscar Bell performed well with the ball claiming 4-52 with his seamers. Stafford struggled in the reply and were 79 all out. Young George Martin showed good application with a stubborn 19 in 61 balls