Cricket: Ogden eyes return to winning ways
LEEK Moorlands captain Richard Ogden, admits recent results have been an eye-opening experience for some of his players.
The Moorlanders opened up their Premier Division campaign with three successive wins to storm to the summit.
However, a draw against Oakamoor, coupled with last Saturday's defeat by Porthill Park A has seen them drop down to second.
They sit 25 points behind Sandon, but have the chance to draw level when they play their game in hand at bottom-of-the-table Little Stoke tomorrow.
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"Our intention is to return to winning ways, although the weather may have a part to play in that," said Ogden, main picture.
"The way we started the season we probably felt invincible, but the last couple of weeks has knocked that out of us. I said to the players after the Oakamoor game that we don't have a divine right to win matches. It opened a few eyes, that's for sure.
"You have to work really hard, whoever you are playing. We were a bit under-strength against Porthill, but were beaten by the better side.
"I was very impressed with their bowling attack. If they keep that sort of side together, they will be a threat."
Porthill Park A, who were indebted to Iain Powner's three wickets and Chris Ellams's 30 last week, look to build on that victory when they entertain Newcastle and Hartshill.
The visitors have yet to win a match this season, although they have four draws from their six games.
Stafford thirds were beaten by leaders Sandon last weekend, and they make the trip to Oakamoor.
Joe Rowell impressed with the bat for Stafford last time out, making 45.
Oakamoor are also on a recovery mission after falling foul of Sam Christmas' all-round performance for Onneley and Maer last Saturday.
Christmas struck a century and grabbed seven wickets to consign Oakamoor to defeat, despite Chris Jones's 5-56.
Oldfields Cheadle moved off the foot of the table last weekend by seeing off fellow strugglers Little Stoke.
They also hit the road tomorrow, this time to Keele Park, who lie third.
Dave Paling and Rob Collett enabled Oldfields Cheadle to overhaul their rivals' competitive-looking 169 all out.
Keele Park were inactive last weekend, but will have their sights set on keeping tabs with the leading duo.
They are 22 points behind Leek Moorlands, having played a game less.