Cricket: Star man Raza secures Bagnall promotion
BAGNALL pace ace Asif Raza marked his side's return to Division Two with a memorable bowling performance to rout Stone SP.
Bagnall went into the match requiring 14 points from their last two matches to clinch promotion – but were soon celebrating a maximum haul once Raza went to work.
Set 133 to win, Stone SP were simply blown away by the seamer, who finished with 8-24 to skittle the visitors for 64.
He wrapped up the innings in style, claiming four wickets in four balls – the second time he has achieved the feat this season after dishing out similar punishment to Wedgwood Stanfields last month.
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Stone SP had appeared to be in the hunt for victory after James Ecclestone (6-31) and Matt Stupples (3-39) dismissed Bagnall for 132... before Raza's intervention.
Second-placed Endon require a solitary point at home to Hanford this weekend to confirm their promotion after a four-wicket win against Hem Heath Forsbrook.
Four wickets apiece from Jordan Weaver (4-15) and Michael Dawson (4-40) dismantled Hem Heath Forsbrook for 68.
Crewe's hopes of promotion were ended in crushing fashion with a 10-wicket thumping by Oakamoor.
The Cheshire side folded to 43 all out, thanks to excellent spells from Edward Brookes (5-19) and Matt Wolff (3-13).
Muhammad Ayub helped himself to an unbeaten 41 after the interval to secure victory.
Wedgwood Stanfields leapt up to third, albeit 25 points off a top-two place, after seeing off Church Eaton by 53 runs.
Ramzan Mohammed's 39 guided Wedgwood Stanfields to 137-9.
Skipper Adrian Lello (4-12), Adrian Lello Jnr (3-14) and Mohammed (3-33) then made merry to skittle Church Eaton for 84, despite Andy Wood's 32.
Bottom-side Moddershall A were relegated to the Stone and District League following a draw with Norton in Hales.
Matthew Cope's 39 was the top score in the Modd men's 117-8, in which Craig Ruscoe (5-55) starred.
Simon Ellwell made 34 not out in reply, but Norton in Hales could only reach 96-8.
Church Eaton v Oakamoor; Crewe v Bagnall; Endon v Hanford; Fenton v Norton in Hales; Moddershall A v Wedgwood Stanfields; Stone SP v Hem Heath Forsbrook.