Cricket: Malik and Heathcote enjoy a fine day at the office

STAFFORDSHIRE batsman Zain Malik was in fine form again for Blythe, scoring 40 runs in his side's NSSCL Division One clash with Leycett on Saturday.

But it wasn't enough to deny bottom-of-the-table Leycett their first win of the season.

Blythe were undone by Tom Lawton (4-21) and Liam Bedson (4-29), with the former including Malik and his opening partner Michael Dale (0) amongst his four victims.

Leycett ran up 184-6 from their 40 overs after being invited to bat first and then got Blythe all out for 149 to register a victory by 35 runs.

David Speakman top scored for the hosts with 42 and Lawton (29no), Dan Redfern (22) and Liam Bedson (21) kept the ball rolling.

Khalim Malik (2-15) and Ben Green (2-35) shared the bowling honours for Blythe.

The visitors reply got off to a disastrous start when Dale was sent packing by Lowe with just two runs having been added to the scoreboard.

Lowe kept up the threat and with Bedson in similar good form Blythe's innings eventually came to an end in the 36th over.

This Saturday Blythe play host to Sandyford who replaced Leycett in bottom spot after losing at home to Wood Lane by four wickets.

In Division Two, Caverswall chalked up their third win of the season at home to Stafford by a comfortable eight wickets.

The visitors decision to bat first backfired as they were all out for 67, with Chris Baranowski taking 5-19 to put his side well placed for a win.

Caverswall lost just two wickets in making their winning reply of 68-2, with Jake Edge (21no) and Ben Gorton (21) spearheading the assault.

Newly-promoted Oakamoor were in top form on the road, stacking up 255-5 at Rode Park & Lawton, with an opening stand of 84 runs contrived by Tom Sherratt (32) and Tom Leeson (47) laying a solid foundation.

But the principal contributor to Oakamoor's mammoth total was Kris Heathcote (98no), who was cruelly denied a century when stumps were drawn at the end of the 40th over.

Adam Keates (30) also made a useful contribution to the Oakamoor total.

Heathcote added to his memorable afternoon's performance by claiming 3-27 in helping restrict the home side's reply to 113-7.


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