MODDERSHALL first had a fantastic weekend recording a league amd cup double with two trips to Cheadle.
On Saturday it was a top four clash for the firsts in the North Staffs and South Cheshire Division 1A where Moddershall won the toss and chose to bat first on what appeared to be an under prepared pitch.
They got off to a good start with the openers putting on 30 for the first wicket, however the runs started to dry up and the wickets fell steadily and at 103-8 a competitive score looked unlikely, until youngsters Tom Hope (27no), Richard Williams (11no) and Zen Malik (11) added 53 between them and the innings closed on a very respectable 156-9 off 55 overs.
Cheadle's leading bowlers were Marlon Martin 3 for 21, and James Seller's 3-40 off 19 overs.
In reply the home side were always struggling and were eventually bowled out in the 26th over for 59 runs, with only Darren Plant (19) and Muhammed Kahif (11) making double figures.
Moddershall's pace/spin combination of Matt Goodwin (5-27) and overseas Kashif Bhatti (5-11) again shared ten wickets to help secure the maximum 25 points for the visitors which kept them in third place, and closed the gap on the top two.
The firsts travelled to Cheadle again on Sunday for the Staffs County Cup semi-final, but this time it was the home side who won the toss and decided to bat, and again they were soon in trouble at 34 for 5.
They never really recovered from this and were bowled out in the 42nd over for just 99 runs.
Leading scorers for the home side were extras (26), James Sellers (20) and 15-year-old Andrew Coxon who batted all the way through the innings to carry his bat for 21 not out.
Moddershall’s innings started off badly with opener Fraser Hawkins run out with the score on 4, and Sam Moores failing to trouble the scorer as the visitors fell to 9-2.
It was left to Tom Ball and skipper Sam Kelsall to steady the ship and they took the score to 30-3 when Ball (8) was bowled by Sellers.
Then a stand of 55 between Kelsall (46no) and Goodwin (22) took Moddershall almost across the line.
Khalid Malik (16no) then finished off the game with a four and a six to set up a home tie in the final against Knypersley who defeated Birmingham League Premier team Walsall.
The seconds played Wood Lane at Barnfields and batted firsts, with runs seeming hard to come by until George Pears took a stand and knocked 38no with Sam Sargeant hitting 26 of the 98 runs total in support.
In response Wood Lane reached the 99 runs required in just under 35 overs with Andrew Forster making 44no to help his team to the 20 points.
Moddershall's Hamaiz Mahmood took five wickets for 42 runs off 17 overs.