THE final day of the cricket season saw some nail-biting moments and elation and despair as issues of promotion and relegation were decided in the North Staffs and South Cheshire Cricket League.
It was icing on the cake time at Riverway as Stafford firsts - promoted last weekend - clinched the Division 2A championship with a six-wicket win at Rode Park and Lawton.
A win was required in the final game of the season as closest rivals Newcastle and Hartshill also took victory, with maximum points.
Rode Park batted first and had a good start through skipper Adam Donnelly who hit 41.
Once he was dismissed, Oliver Stark (7-52) got to work in a long spell of 21.2 overs to bowl out the home side for 132 with his seamers.
Professional Aparajit Singh supported well from the other end with 3-30 in 17 overs of left arm spin.
Opener Guy Seaton kept his cool to hit a classy 65 not out in the reply to steer Stafford to the title, closing on 133-4.
Skipper David Foster was delighted with the 13th win of the season that saw them clinch the title by just six points.
They join their second XI, who clinched the Division 1B crown last week.
The champagne glasses were overflowing at Eccleshall who finished the season as unbeaten champions of Division 3A.
It was a close-run thing, with opponents Stone SP coming close to destroying their dream - but Eccleshall eventually emerged victorious to take the league title by eight points from Woore.
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Over in Stone, Little Stoke took the second promotion spot in Division 1A, destroying the hopes of Moddershall by delivering a 25-point maximum victory over Cheadle.
But there were two titles for Moddershall, their 1A side claiming the Premier league title and their 2As the Stone Division 1 crown.
Barlaston seconds took the Premier B title in a must-win match against defending champions Norton, which went right down to the wire.
For our last cricket round-up of the season turn to page 78 and 79.