Cricket: League side start trophy defence in emphatic style
THE North Staffs and South Cheshire League representative side kicked-off their President's Trophy defence in emphatic fashion.
Rain forced the match against the Derbyshire and Cheshire League to be reduced to 40 overs per side, but it failed to stop the NSSCL side from delivering a devastating batting performance.
Leek youngster Alex Mellor led the way with 101 – before he retired hurt with an arm injury after being struck by the ball – as they amassed 298-5 at Hawk Green.
Skipper Dave Fairbanks added 68, while Wood Lane's Danny Brierley chipped in with 49.
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Victory was never in doubt as the NSSCL, chasing a fourth successive trophy success, skittled their hosts for 181 in reply.
Burslem spinner Michael Brown claimed 3-10, with Meakins paceman Matthew Redican (3-54) also producing a triple blast.
Longton all-rounder Richard Hassall lent his support with 2-32 in the 117-run victory.
The NSSCL now play the Shropshire County League at home in the semi-finals.
The match, at a venue to be confirmed, has been provisionally scheduled for Sunday, August 12.
LAST year's Staffordshire Cup runners-up Cheadle bowed out of this season's competition at the quarter-final stage.
They were beaten by Old Hill, who dismissed the Moorlanders for just 113, in which Dave Wheeldon made 32.
Danny Cox (49) and Mike Hingley (32) then made light work of the target to hand the Birmingham League side a home semi-final with Knypersley on August 12.
Moddershall caused a surprise by knocking out top flight Porthill Park.
Khalid Malik's 70, in conjunction with 30 from Chris Plant, enabled the Division One hosts to post 195-7 from their 45 overs.
Malik then claimed 4-5, helped along by Matt Goodwin's 3-18, to send Porthill Park crashing to 122 all out.
Moddershall now face Birmingham Premier League leaders Walsall on a date to be confirmed, with the subsequent winners staging the final.
WOORE will entertain Porthill Park in The Sentinel Talbot Shield final after thumping wins in their last-four ties.
Woore delivered a masterclass to crush Hem Heath by 143 runs at Trentham Lakes.
Half-centuries from Khalid Yosofzai (73) and Mohammed Saleem (58) formed the backbone of Woore's 312-6 from their 45 overs.
Majid Hussain (34no) and Dan Jacques (30) also impressed, while the concession of 47 extras helped their cause.
Opener Chris Harrison struck 35 at the top of the run chase, but Hem Heath's victory bid looked forlorn once Yosofzai claimed 4-37.
And despite some spirited late hitting, Hem Heath were skittled for 169.
Andy Viggars's century paved the way for Porthill Park to comfortably see off Bagnall.
He made 102 as Porthill Park amassed 235-9. Josh Butler chipped in with 39.
Chris Johnson's 5-28 put the skids under the Bagnall response, and although Josh Jeynes made 42, they were eventually dismissed for 116.
Woore and Porthill Park will now contest the silverware on Sunday, August 19.