Cricket: Brough blitz leaves Meakins floundering
RICH Brough produced a dramatic late burst to help Meir Heath to a two-run victory over Meakins.
The home side had been set just 74 to win, and looked to have the game in the bag as they made their way to 62-6.
But Brough, who had earlier picked up two wickets, reeled off the final four to dismiss Meakins for 71 to clinch a nerve-jangling victory.
Brough ended with 6-40, and was ably backed up by Iftikhar Asghar, who claimed 4-28. Peter Wilshaw top-scored for Meakins with 25.
Dale Heath's 24 had earlier been the principal contribution to Meir Heath's 73 all out, in which leg-spinner Ranesh Perera took 4-21.
There was similarly tight conclusion at Norton, where visitors Blythe earned a welcome 20-point haul following a two-wicket success.
Bowlers again dominated proceedings as Tom Holdway (4-9) and captain Peter Finch (4-29) skittled the hosts for 63.
Norton, though, were left to rue a batting collapse after Josh Graham (28) had helped them to reach 32-0 before the visitors hit back.
Blythe were in early trouble as they lost five wickets with only 26 on the board, courtesy of fine new-ball spells from Simon Davies (3-9) and Dave Evans (2-25).
But double-figure efforts from Tom Simcock (14), Adam Prime (11) and Asif Hussain (10) saw them over the line, despite two late wickets from Wimanga Perera.
Robert Bagnall and Matt Goodwin provided some late heroics to pave the way for Moddershall to secure a 19-run win at Betley.
Dave Housley made 30 for the Modd men, but Darren Snape (4-40) and Yasser Tariq (3-52) left them in trouble.
It took half-centuries from Bagnall (61) and Goodwin (50no) to lead Moddershall's recovery to 228-8 declared.
Chris Henderson's 62 fronted the run chase and, although Tariq and Kimany Gregoire made 44 and 34 respectively, Betley were bowled out for 209.
Nasir Malik was the pick of the attack, finishing with 5-66.
Barlaston had few problems in sweeping aside Sandyford in a match-up between last year's relegated sides.
Mark Stanyer (5-21) and Abdur Rauf Khan (4-36) picked off the Sandyford line-up to dismiss them for 82. Sohail Rauf's 35 was the only meaningful contribution.
Ben Grange then made 50, which included eight boundaries, to set Barlaston on their way to a seven-wicket success.
Mark Leese claimed a couple of wickets for the visitors.
Whitmore and Leycett shared the spoils in an entertaining draw.
Whitmore amassed 188-8 from their 55 overs, with Leycett's victory hopes falling narrowly short on 171-5 at stumps.
The match between Silverdale and Elworth was postponed without a ball being bowled at Underwood Road.