Cricket: Sandon draw stumps with winning finale
SANDON ensured their Premier Division title-winning season ended on a high note with a 27-run victory over Leek Moorlands.
The Moorlanders, though seized the initiative in the early stages of the afternoon as the table-toppers were bundled out for 98.
Tom Rhead (3-13) and James Hughes (3-27) were the architects of the downfall, despite 22 from Phil Talbot.
Second-placed Leek couldn't capitalise on their stirring display with the ball once Steve Greatholder found his rhythm.
Greatholder grabbed 7-31, helped by Michael Walley's 3-40, to dismiss Leek for 71.
Rhead and Grant Denny made 28 and 27 respectively – the only batsmen to reach double figures – as the Moorlanders finished 50 points adrift of their rivals.
Newcastle and Hartshill executed a fine run chase to secure a three-wicket success against Oldfields Cheadle.
Set 169 to win, Colin Keates' unbeaten 47, in conjunction with 31 from Danny Welsh, enabled Castle to cross the line. William Dobbie claimed 3-42.
Simon Shenton had earlier been the principal reason Oldfields Cheadle were limited to 168 all out as he took 4-26.
Oldfields' innings was built around Andrew Coxon's 54, which contained six boundaries, plus 31 apiece from Harry Degg and Tom Hodgkinson.
Stafford thirds and Keele Park wound up their campaigns by sharing the spoils.
Ali Martin's 91 not out anchored Stafford's 227-7, with Shiriam Alluri (51) and Andy Harper (34) injected late impetus into proceedings.
Paul Cheadle was the pick of the Keele Park attack, finishing with 3-52.
Rajesh Kalapart responded with 71, and even though Daniel Hall chipped in with 31, Keele Park were forced to hang on for a draw as they drew stumps on 184-8.
Alluri (3-35) led the bowling charge for Stafford.
DAVID and Stuart Nash grabbed four wickets apiece to help guide Leigh to a 75-run Division One victory over Leek Moorlands.
John Cotton's 42 had earlier been the top score in Leigh's 183-9 declared... before the Nash boys went to work.
Stuart claimed 4-10, while David took 4-52, to skittle the Moorlanders for 108 in reply.
Oakamoor produced a superb display to thump Aston by 121 runs.
Ian Wenlock's 75 underpinned Oakamoor's 208 all out, despite the best efforts of John Hickman (6-54).
Aston collapsed to 87 all out after tea, Ian Worthington (4-8) and Amy Carnwell (4-15) inflicting the bulk of the damage.