Stafford CC firsts secured their division 2 status in style with an emphatic win at Alsager CC on Saturday. Stafford were asked to bat and Guy Seaton (73), Ash Lunn (47), and Tino Mafusire were in fine fettle as they reached 215-7 declared. Oliver Sadler (5-66) was effective with his spin. Alsager never got going in reply as seam bowling virtuoso Luke Morien (6-24) ripped through the home side as they meandered to 86 all out. Stafford skipper Rob James said “We’re delighted to have stayed up after a tricky season. To do it in such a manner was pleasing and we’re looking to strengthen for next year.” The result leaves Stafford safe with one game to go against champions Bagnall Norton at Riverway on Saturday with an 11:30 start.
Stafford CC seconds are facing back to back relegation after a loss at home to rivals Alsager seconds on Saturday. The home side reached 157-8 with Graham Gillis (47) the lynchpin whilst Stephen Groom took 3-29 for Alsager. The visitors reached their target for the loss of five wickets with Sam Goodwin (39) and Andrew Watkins (36 not out) phlegmatic at the crease. Sean Connolly and Jack Scerri took two wickets apiece as Stafford now need a variety of other results to go their way to avoid the drop.
The thirds picked up some crucial points in the battle against the drop in Division 7 but will have to wait the outcome of results on the final day on Saturday.
They managed a draw at home to Moddershall Oulton after batting first and hitting 179-7 from 44 overs. Andrew Fuller hit a fine 70 in 11 balls including 12 4’s and a six. He was supported well by several batsmen, the pick of whom were Ant Prinold 24 and Jake Stewart 23 not out. In the reply the visitors fell short closing on 152-6 in 44 overs. Sam Haynes claimed 3-42 as Steve Powell hit 62 not out.
4th XI Academy
In Division 8 the 4th XI/Academy also drew away at Porthill Park after the home side hit 168-8 . Skipper Ali Martin claimed 4-34 with some slow bowling and then batted through in the reply finishing on 35 not out in 152 balls to steer his side to a draw. Trevor Stewart hit a useful 22 as they closed on 86-9 to hold out undefeated in 45 overs.