Checkley lose their star spin bowler to NSSCL rivals Longton

STAFFORDSHIRE county spin bowler Richard Williams has left Checkley to join North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League Premier Division rivals Longton.

Williams has spent the last seven seasons at the Four Trees ground on Uttoxeter Road.

He is a product of the Moddershall Oulton junior system and made his Staffordshire senior debut in Twenty20 competition in 2018.

Williams has since made eleven T20 appearances for his county and recorded his best bowling figures of 5-25 at home to Lincolnshire at Rolleston in 2018.

The off-spinner has also figured in two knockout trophy games for Staffordshire.

Williams has been a key part of Checkley’s bowling attack and in 2015-16 claimed 109 wickets.

His best spin figures for Moddershall were in 2012 when as a teen he captured 7-41 at Fenton in NSSCL Division Three.

Williams will also add strength to Longton's batting line-up, having recorded three centuries spanning his junior and senior career.

Longton captain Ed Jones, whose team finished runners-up to Porthill Park in the NSSCL Premier Division this summer, told The Sentinel: “Rich [Williams] has always been someone we’ve looked at given his performances over the past few years.

“He’s taken more than 200 wickets for Checkley, which is no mean feat, and that attracted us to him. His stats are excellent".


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