Cheadle's superb Goodwin takes them three points clear at top

MATT Goodwin was the toast of Tean Road after sending NSSCL Premier Division champions Porthll Park crashing to a rare defeat.

Cheadle were expected to struggle this season, in the absence of their overseas batting star Ali Khan, but with Goodwin in such fine all-round round form, that loss has so far proved negative.

Goodwin weighed in with a half-century and six-wickets in a thrilling encounter that saw the visitors capitulate just five runs short on 208 in the final over, chasing Cheadle's total of 212-9

However, Cheadle's third win from their three opening starts, was very much a team effort.

Special mention must be made of the batting contributions from Jake Mills (32), Andy Coxon (34) and Austen Crump (51no) that added to Goodwin's 54 runs.

However, Goodwin deservedly emerged as man-of-the-match with his follow-up 6-26 wicket haul off eight overs, which helped dismiss Porthill for 208.

Stubborn resistance came from Ryan Hassett (55) and Louis Allison (73) as the game remained evenly balanced to the very end.

James Sellers (2-23) and Jack Winfield (2-42) were the other Cheadle wicket-takers.

Cheadle's victory, by one wicket, moved them three points clear of Porthill at the top of the table and came on the back of their hard-fought success against last year's runners-up, Meakins, the previous weekend.

Meakins tasted a third successive defeat at the weekend - away to a previously winless Ashcombe Park - and are rooted at the bottom of the table still searching for their first win of the season.

Cheadle are away to newly-promoted Division One runners-up Burslem this Saturday.

Burslem gained a narrow victory by three runs away to Whitmore at the weekend.

Cheadle 3rds opening batsman Harry Degg scored a magnificent 161 in his side's 145-runs victory at home to Porthill Park 5ths in Division Eight, smashing 18 fours and 10 sixes.

Cheadle 2nds lost by eight wickets away to Hem Heath 2nds.

Picture: Cheadle's man-of-the-match Matt Goodwin.


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