By Tom Sherratt
In a rain affected weekend of cricket there was only one fixture in the division to see any cricket played, which was at Stone. The home side took on Wood Lane and the match ended in a draw. Stone batted first and closed their innings on 175-5 from 33.3 overs, James Dawson top scored with 65. In the second innings only 16 overs were possible, Wood Lane finishing on 57-1.
Games at Cheadle against Leek, Knypersley versus Burslem, Little Stoke against Audley, Longton and Hem Heath, and Porthill Park versus Checkley, were all abandoned with no play possible.
Only a draw was possible at Betley when they took on Whitmore. Betley batted first and posted 143-9, Zia Ur Rehman top scored with 60. In reply with the game in the balance with Whitmore on 107-8 after 22 overs the innings came to an end due to the weather .
The weather wasn’t enough to stop Jake Heath and Meir Heath against Norton. Jake Heath hit 100 not out as his side set Norton 163 to win. In the second innings Meir Heath’s Rich Brough (3-21) and IftikharAsghar (3-3) dismantled the Norton batting line leaving them 70-9 at the close, Wimanga Perera (36 no) Norton’s saving grace.
There were only 6.2 overs possible at Silverdale when they took on Leycett.
There was no play possible at Barlaston against Meakin, Blythe versus Elworth and Moddershall against Sandyford.
Alsager took full advantage of the bad weather and moved into third place when they beat Weston by 65 runs. Alex Perry (66) and Sean Price (45) helped Alsager post 201-8 from 37 overs. In the second innings Gareth Rowe claimed figures of 7-54 as Weston were all out for 136, Michael Alexander top scoring with 53.
Rode Park & Lawton moved off bottom spot, beating Woore by six wickets. The away side restricted Woore to 136-9 from the 55 overs, captain Steve Liburd taking 4-40. In reply Liburd smashed 57 off 47 balls, which featured six sixes as his side chased the total down in the 27th over.
There was no play possible at Bignall End versus Caverswall, Newcastle & Hartshill against Kidsgrove, Oulton against Eccleshall and Stafford versus Ashcombe.
Wedgewood & Stanfields moved in top spot with a win at Church Eaton. The home side set Wedgewood 137 to win, opener Andy Wood top scored with 64 and Ramzan Mohammed claimed figures of 4-40. In reply Wedgewood passed the target in the 36th over, Aaron Tymcuk saw his side home with 63 not out.
A draw was the result at Fenton when they took on Hanford. The away side batted first and Faisal Mahmood (55) guided his side to 152-7. In the second innings only 20 overs were played and Fenton closed their innings on 39-1.
Bagnall drop to second with a draw away at Stone SP. Asif Raza took figures of 6-35, as Bagnall restricted the home side to 104-7. Looking for the win Bagnall closed their innings on 70-4 from eight overs.
There were only 32.2 overs available at Forsbrook when they took on Endon and 22.3 overs at Moddershall A against Norton-In-Hales.
There was no play possible at Crewe against Oakamoor.