Report by Tom  Sherratt

Premier League

Longton take top spot from Knypersley, beating them at home by 71 runs, as the away side drop to fourth. Longton got off to a slow start at 38-3, but David Fairbanks (54) and late runs from Tom Redfern (64no) pushed the score up to 192-7. In reply only Nayyar Abbas (46) got to grips with the Longton bowling attack as Knypersley were dismissed for 121, with Craig Barker collecting figures of 6-19.

Porthill Park reclaim second place with a 68 run victory against Elworth who fall to bottom of the table. It was a stop-start innings for Porthill after they decided to bat, with Rao Ifthikar Anjum top scoring with 59 not out, as they posted 176-8. In the second innings Anjum then took 4-26 as Elworth were restricted to just 108.

Checkley sit third after a comfortable eight wicket away win against Hem Heath. Richard Cooper was the pick of the bowlers for the away side as the Hem Heath side were all out for 130. Checkley captain Michael Allen then led his team to victory with a positive 88 not out inside 35 overs.

At the other end of the table Wood Lane picked up a crucial six wicket win against Audley to move off the bottom.  Audley were put into to bat and got off to a poor start being reduced to 66-5 and they never managed to recover as they were dismissed for 137, Samiullah Kahn took 4-45. In response, Daniel Brierley (48no) and Jamie Jervis (32) did the majority of the scoring as they reached the total in the 41st over.

Whitmore picked up a five wicket victory against Burslem to increase the gap between them and the bottom.  Whitmore put the home side into bat and Michael Rowley (55) and Christopher Lowndes (45) were the main run scorers as they set the visitors 187 to win. In reply Tom Meredith set a solid platform for Whitmore with 69 and captain Justin Mould (31no) saw his side over the line.

Stone collected the winning draw against Leek as they were unable to take the final wicket. Phillip Cheadle (67) and Richard Harvey (63) led the way with bat for Stone as they declared on 231-7. In the second innings it was left to Ross Dearden and Brian Mellor for Leek to get away with a draw after Johann H Loedolff Potgieter had hit 57; they closed their innings on 173-9.

Division One

Meakin remain in top spot with an easy six wicket victory against Meir Heath. Dave Edwards took 5-12 for Meakin as the home side were blown away for 46. Meakin then reached the total in the 16th over, Ben Mcquire there at the end on 17 not out.

Cheadle move into second place, beating Sandyford by four wickets. Steve Morgan was the pick of the bowlers for Cheadle with 5-24 as the away side were reduced to 113 all out. Darren Plant then top scored for Cheadle with 31 as they passed the winning line after 38 overs.

Little Stoke lost ground on Meakin, with their second defeat in as many weeks, after being beaten by Silverdale by two wickets.  James Ecclestone (66) and Daniel Richardson (50) were the only batsmen to get past the teens for Little Stoke as they declared on 214-5. In the end the declaration cost Little Stoke as Silverdale reached the total in the 57th over, Mitchell Stokes top scoring with 40.

Moddershall also lost touch with Meakin failing to capitalise on last week’s win against Cheadle, losing to Barlaston by six wickets. Moddershall got off to a dreadfull start being reduced to 42-5 and they needed lower order runs to push it up to 144 before being dismissed. In reply Bronson Meehan (56no) and Jack Davies (54) stabilised the Barlaston innings after they were reduced to 8-3, as they reached the target in the 43rd over.

In mid table Ashcombe beat Betley by eight wickets. Faisal Irfan Butt finished on 72 not out for Betley as they set the away side 186 to win, recovering from 2-2. In response Rizwan Haider smashed 103 off 98 balls, supported by captain David Proffitt (45), seeing their side to victory in the 37th over.

Blythe beat Alsager by 62 runs. After a poor start at 33-3, Blythe recovered to 206 all out, Dan Hammond top scored hitting 62 off 42 balls, as Gareth Rowe took 5-36. The wickets were then shared around the Blythe attack in the second innings as Alsager fell for 144.

Division Two

Newcastle & Hartshill remain unbeaten with a 66 run home victory against Rode Park & Lawton.  James Hagan top scored with 63 as the home side posted 204-9. In reply Rode Park never got going with the bat, unable to get any real partnerships together as they were reduced to 138 all out, Nasir Malik the pick of the bowlers with 4-58. Newcastle & Hartshill now sit 16 points clear at the top.

Stafford are in second place with a seven wicket win against Caverswall. Only Gregory Phillips (52) and Robert King (38) managed to make it into double figures for Caverswall as they fell to 123 all out. Stafford reached the target in the 39th over, Greg Massingham carried his bat for 45 not out.

Kidsgrove are third after they successfully chased down 226 against Endon to win by three wickets. Simon Plant collected figures of 5-39 for Kidsgrove as Endon set 226, Anthony Sheeran top scoring with 60 not out. In response Kidsgrove had runs throughout the innings , reaching the target in the 59th over with three wickets remaining.

Bottom of the table Bignall End gained the winning draw against Oulton. Andrew Howle hit 88, while James Platt finished 47 not out as Bignall End posted 194-6, recovering from 16-3. In reply Oulton got off to a poor start at 48-5 but late runs from Noel Hunt (42) and Ian Whalley (16no) helped them hang on to the draw after 69 overs, Howle being the pick of the bowlers with 5-52.

Asif Ahmed Khan was the star performer of the week, and possibly the season, but it wasn’t enough for Bagnall to avoid a 64 run defeat against Weston. Khan took all ten wickets in the first innings as Weston were dismissed for 172, Hassan Ul Qasim Haleem top scoring with 75. In reply Khan came in at number four and was the only player to come to terms with the Weston bowling attacked, hitting 62, as his side were reduced to 108 all out.

Leycett were victorious at home against Norton by five wickets. The away side were put into bat and were all out for 163, Alex Graham striking 54; Tom Lawton being the pick of the bowlers for Leycett. In response Chanaka Wijesinghe saw his side over the line with 90 not out.

Division Three

Eccleshall extended their lead at the top with a 31 run home victory against Hanford. The home side set Hanford 145 to win after they were dismissed in the 39th over, due to Zafar Iaqbal taking 8-59. In reply nobody got going for Hanford as they were reduced to 113 all out, Nathan Hinton (5-37) being the best of the bowlers.

Crewe slipped up at the top end of the table losing by 31 runs against Fenton, unable to chase down 123. Shahid Mahboob took 6-47, suppored by George Harding with 4-57 as Fenton were bolwed out in the 55th over. In the second innings Eddie Plant collected figures of 7-52 as, Crewe were blown away for 87.

Woore sit second as they demolished Forsbrook by six wickets. Darren Snape and Benjamin Lucus both took four wickets for Woore as the home side were dismissed for just 94. Muhammad Arshad (26no) then saw his side over the line in the 24th over.

At the other end of the table Norton-In-Hales picked up a crucial six wicket victory at home against Leek & Moorlands. The away side were restricted to 172, Kyle Morgan, Craig Ruscoe and Martin Harper all taking three wickets, while Neal Lafford hit 62. It took Norton-In-Hales until the 48th over to reach the total, Nick Reed top scoring with 56.

Oakamoor also won, jumping up the table with maximum points beating Wedgewood & Stanfields by 63 runs. Jack Hassall was the main force with the bat hitting 60 off 65 balls, as Oakamoor set the visitors 218 to win. In the second innings Oakamoor took wickets at regular intervals until Wedgewood were all out for 154.

Chruch Eaton slip down to third from bottom with a seven wicket defeat against Stone SP. They had a number of starts but it was Andy Greaves who top scored with 63 as they were bowled out for 214, as the Stone bowlers shared the wickets. In reply Daniel Lunn carried his bat making 92 not out and found support in fellow opener Will Weston (52) and Jason Revill (41no) as they passed the winning line in the 53rd over.