IT was all smiles at the Riverway ground this week as Stafford CC firsts returned to winning ways and boosted their promotion push.
Not only that, the club’s high-flying second team were breaking club records and they remained unbeaten runaway leaders in their respective section.
In division 2A of the North Staffs and South Cheshire league the firsts soundly defeated hosts Bignall End by 94 runs as Stafford welcomed club professional Aparajit Singh back to the ranks after injury.
He certainly had a major impact, cracking 83, ably supported by Richard Brazier, as Stafford totalled 215 all out in 49.3 overs.
Bignall were shot out for 121 in reply as Oliver Stark picked up the vital wicket of former England and Derbyshire batsman Kim Barnett for 29.
Singh then got to work with his left arm spin, claiming 5-40 in 22 overs to complete the job.
Stafford remain in second spot with five games to go, six points behind leaders Newcastle and Hartshill and 19 ahead of third place Kidsgrove.
Club records were broken all round as
Stafford seconds continued their march towards silverware in division 1B with a 110-run victory over visiting Leek.
Opener Mark Smallman dominated the Stafford innings with a quality 147, including 17 fours and 6 sixes, a score that beat the highest individual second team club record of 143 by Brian Ecclestone some 33 years ago.
Good support came from Steve Abbott (39) and Graham Gillis (58) contributed to a highest ever second team total of 274-5 declared.
In reply, Leek were removed for 164 as Simon Waterhouse snapped up 3-55.