Cricket: Price is right in Alsager chase
ALSAGER executed a well-timed run chase to secure a four-wicket home victory over Caverswall.
The visitors were reliant on Rob King's 56, Nazakat Ali's 55 and 30 from opener Jake Edge to help them post 233-8 from their 55 overs. Andrew Watkins took 5-38.
Alsager were given a sound base by Sean Price (88) and skipper Ollie Sadler (48), while middle-order batsman Alex Perry weighed in with 44.
Ali (3-57) left their victory bid on a knife-edge, but Gareth Rowe (15no) completed the chase off the penultimate ball.
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That defeat saw second-placed Caverswall slip further behind Newcastle and Hartshill, who now hold a 53-point lead after chalking up their seventh successive win.
Eccleshall were their latest victims, slipping to a heavy 128-run defeat to Andy Whitehead's in-form side.
Muhammad Fayaz blazed his way to 77 not out, off just 56 deliveries, as Castle amassed 260-5.
He struck six fours and five sixes, and received excellent support from Andy Elliot (60) and James Collett (44).
Whitehead kept his foot on the accelerator late in the day to chip in with 33. Any faint hopes Eccleshall had of ending Newcastle's unblemished record were soon a distant dream after they were reduced to 43-6.
Sri Lankan seamer Sampath Kelum sparked the collapse by taking 4-32.
Jordan Wood (48) and Cameron Sinclair (33) restored some pride, but Eccleshall were eventually bundled out for 132.
Bignall End's Kim Barnett made it three successive innings without being dismissed to earn his side a draw at high-flying Ashcombe Park.
Set 248 to win, Barnett batted throughout the run chase to finish 95 not out as Bignall End closed on 181-7. Grant Roberts picked up 5-43.
Rizwan Haider had earlier provided the fireworks in Park's 247 all out.
He smashed 11 fours and nine sixes in a sparkling 147, and found an able ally in David Proffitt (62). The duo compiled a fourth-wicket stand of 171.
Simon Howle was the pick of the Bignall End attack, finishing with 5-57.
Rode Park and Lawton's Jonathan Gallimore also reached three figures in his side's draw at Kidsgrove.
Gallimore struck an unbeaten 126 to propel Rode Park to 275-5.
David Wellings (44) and Paul Chadwick (31no) provided excellent support.
Kidsgrove dug deep to secure the draw with 212-8.
Their cause was helped by Ryan Davis' 52, plus Richard Hagan (35) and Dave Leese (32).
Stafford picked up their first win, courtesy of an inspired spell of bowling from Kashif Hussein against bottom side Oulton.
Stafford had posted 231-8, mainly thanks to Mark Foster (75no) and skipper Dave Foster (55).
Hussein then took centre stage, picking up 6-50 to skittle Oulton for 176. Tom Phillips top-scored with 37.