STAFFORD CC firsts suffered a painful nine wicket defeat at home to Betley, on what was a wet Riverway track on Saturday.
The hosts were skittled for only 82 in this second fixture of the North Staffs and South Cheshire division one campaign.
Opening bowlers Faisal Irfan Butt 3-17 and Tom Forster 4-7 did the damage as only number three Tom Sturmey with a determined 43 not out offered any resistance until he ran out of partners.
Betley cruised home for loss of only one wicket in 22.4 overs with Forster also in the runs with 37 not out as Sunny Gandi hit 42 not out. Stafford will look for an improved all round performance when they travel to Moddershall on Saturday.
Stafford seconds, who along with the first team were also promoted last season into the Premier B section, have also had a slow start.
They travelled to Norton but suffered a 75-run defeat. Norton hit 189-8 in their 50 overs with Andrew Whitehurst top scoring with 62 as Sean Connolly picked up 3-50 for Stafford.
In the reply, Stafford were going well thanks to skipper Mark Evans’s fluent 56 but the rest of the batting failed to fire and they were all out for 114. Ian Reynolds picking up 4-34 did the bulk of the work. Stafford seconds are at home to Longton at Riverway this Saturday as they look to pick up their first win of the season.
Stafford thirds had a great victory over champions Sandon in the Stone Premier League in a low scoring affair at Sandon.
The former hit 99 all out in tricky batting conditions. Steve Abbott adapted best with 28 as Michael Walley took 3-23 for the home side. In an exciting finish Sandon were dismissed for 92 in the reply, with Richard Waterhouse taking 6-40.
In division one, Stafford 4ths won comfortably at Riverway by 92 runs against Hales.
Batting first Stafford hit 218-6 declared after 45 overs with in form Terry Jones 75 not out.
Hales in the reply were 126 all out as seamers Simon Waterhouse 3-31 and Andy Harper 3-36 completed the job.