Batting remains a nightmare for Cheadle who lose local derby

CHEADLE suffered a painful third defeat on the bounce in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League Premier Division on Saturday.

On this occasion it was their local rivals, Checkley, who produced the knock-out punch that floored the one-time league leaders.

The damage was done by a third-wicket stand of 146 between Scot Elstone and James Cronie after Cheadle invited Checkley to bat on their home turf.

Former Derbyshire player Elstone top-scored with 92, smashing five fours and seven sixes, while Cronie maintained his recent fine form with a solid 63.

Checkley were 182-7 at the close of their innings, which was not too tall an order to ask of their opponents.

All-rounder Matt Goodwin, who has made an impressive start the season for Cheadle, used his pace to return 5-32 off eight overs.

Cheadle responded with another disastrous batting display, like that witnessed against Longton and Whitmore in their two previous games, as they crashed to 47-5 and to land themselves in deep trouble yet again.

An unbeaten half-century from Andrew Coxon (52no) was not enough to haul Cheadle off the ropes and at stumps the visitors were down and out at 139-9.

Cronie added to his batting contribution with the wickets of two of Cheadle's top-order batsmen, skipper Craig Smith (0) and Jake Mills (8), to return 2-33.

Nick Hunt (3-27) and Jacob Ward (2-29) carried on the good work for Checkley who sit third in the table below Longton and defending champions Porthill Park.


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