STAFFORD firsts managed to dodge the rain on Saturday to pick up a crucial seven wicket win over Caverswall at Riverway in Division Two of the North Staffs and South Cheshire League.
Batting first Caverswall’s Jeandre Ludick was the highest scorer hitting 74 as they reached 136 all out.
Professional Aparajit Singh’s left arm spin claimed 7-40 for the home side on a damp track.
The home side reached their target in 35.2 overs losing only the three wickets and completing the job before the rain intervened.
Opener Greg Massingham hit 52 and skipper David Foster reached 38 as Stafford go ten points clear at the top of Division Two of the North Staffs and South Cheshire Cricket League with four games to go.
More importantly in this crucial promotion race they are now 34 points clear of third place with the top two going up.
Foster’s men travel to Leycett this Saturday and will be looking to keep this run of form going.
The seconds match at Caverswall in Division 1B was hit by the weather and ended up in a draw.
With most of the games suffering an early finish unbeaten Stafford are still top 44 points clear of Checkley.
Caverswall were 156 all out batting first with John Cookson hitting 77.
Seamers Craig Mertins 5-35 and Harry Jones 5-40 did the damage for Stafford who were 13-1 in the reply when the rain came.
Stafford seconds are at home this Saturday when they face Leycett at Riverway with an earlier 1pm start.
In the Stone Premier League the thirds suffered a heavy defeat at leaders Moddershall being shot out for only 56 by Andrew Lightbown 5-4 and Jack Chell 3-21.
The home side eased to victory in 11 overs to win by nine wickets thanks to a knock of 41 by Robert Price.
Stafford fourths lost out by five wickets to visitors Porthill Park after hitting 127 at Riverway.
Amardeep Singh top scored with 42 and Sam Haynes hit 25.
The visitors lost five wickets in the reply with leg spinner Mark Heenan and seamer Azhar Abbasi picking up two wickets a piece but it was Richardson 26 and Boon 30 that saw Porthill home.