Cheadle overcome batting disaster to go top of the table

CHEADLE ovecame a batting disaster to go top of the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League Premier Division on Saturday.

Skipper Craig Smith must have been regretting his decision to bat first against last year's runner's up Meakins, after seeing his side lose their first four wickets with just four runs on the board.

The damage was done by Meakins left-arm seamer Karl High (5-28), starting with Tom Edwards (0), who departed after surviving just two deliveries , trapped lbw.

Jake Mills (0) was then dismissed in similar fashion, Andrew Coxon (0) was bowled and and then Cheadle's only run scorer, skipper Craig Smith, (1) fell to another lbw decision engineered by High.

Cheadle then rallied to take the score to 20-5 when Austen Crump became the rampant High's (5-28) fifth victim.

All-rounders James Sellers (15) and Matt Goodwin (26), with a little help from Jack Hassall (12), came to Cheadle's rescue by steering their side to 122 all out in the 30th over.

Meakins struggled to get runs on the board in making their reply, slipping from 10-1 to 19-4, as Cheadle fought themselves back into the game.

Matt Goodwin (3-17) and Jack Hassall (3-42) removed Meakins' top four batsmen between them, only for Jack Hammond (49) to prove a stubborn obstacle, before being bowled by Goodwin, with the game evenly balanced at 106-9.

Sellers (3-12) secured victory for Cheadle by bowling Dan Cumming (1) in the 32nd over, making it two wins from two starts for The Bassetts, who welcome defending champions Porthill Park to Tean Road this Saturday, 1pm start.

Picture: James Sellers claimed the last wicket that gave Cheadle victory.



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