Cricket signs off after a season of challenges inflicted by Covid

THE curtain comes down on another [be it shortened] season in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Cricket League tomorrow (Sept 26).

It's been a challenging experience for players as a result of the introduction of new rules forced upon them by Covid-19.

Leek and Checkley sign off with an intriguing Moorlands derby at the former's Highfield ground.

At stake for the winners will be a top four or even third place finish if Meakins immediately above them lose at home to league leaders Longton.

Cheadle, having started the season with a flourish to go top of the table, have since faded badly through struggling to score runs and start tomorrow's fixture at bottom-of-the-table Bagnall Norton in eighth spot.

To say Cheadle have missed their overseas batting star Ali Khan would be an under-statement.

In Division One, George Sellers has enjoyed a fine season playing for Endon after re-finding his best form following his spell with Leek.

The former Staffordshire junior constructed his third century of the summer in his side's massive 170 runs win at home to Wood Lane last weekend.

His 135 runs came off 75 balls and included 17 fours and eight sixes.

Sellers has played a big part in taking Endon up to third in the table below Eccleshall and Elworth.

Endon conclude their season with a Moorlands derby away to Blythe tomorrow (Sept 26) whose Staffordshire opener Zen Malik has enjoyed immense success with the bat this season.

Malik, who is top of the league batting averages on 83.57, was his side's top scorer on 71 - seven fours and two sixes - in his side's nine-wicket defeat at Hem Heath last weekend.

Blythe were hoping to make a speedy return to the Premier Division, but instead they will have to settle for a mid-table position.

Oakamoor can feel pleased with the outcome of their first summer in Division One after their promotion as Division Three champions.

The village team travel to Stafford occupying a creditable mid-table position and with an opportunity to record a seventh win.

Oakamoor have missed the services of their overseas star, Bahamas fast bowler Rachad Forde, but other players have stepped up to the plate in his absence.

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