CHECKLEY CC are hovering dangerously close to the North Stafffordshire and South Cheshire Premier Division relegation zone after being torn apart by Matthew Redican on Saturday.
Michael Allen’s side have won just twice this league season, and the last of those victories came in mid-May, since which time they have lost three times and drawn once.
Away to JG Meakin at the weekend, a six-wicket haul from Kyle Melis looked to have put them in a good position, as their hosts were bowled out for just 117.
But Redican went one better than Melis, claiming seven scalps as Checkley were skittled out for 94 inside 45 overs.
Perhaps recalling that their solitary two victories had come from batting second, Allen (pictured) elected to do so after winning the toss.
And Melis drew blood early on, opener Sam Nixon falling lbe for just five runs.
Peter Wilshaw (12) and Andrew Reed (18) put on what would have to be called a decent partnership on a low-scoring weekend, taking the score to 33 before Wilshaw was bowled by Melis.
That sparked a mini-collapse, as Meakin went from 33-1 to 36-5, Melis taking three of those four wickets - Richard Cooper the other.
Karl High’s 26 and 14 from Redican helped the hosts limp to 117 before Ifitkhar came in at the close to take the last two wickets and end with figures of 2-14 - admirable enough, but paling in comparison to Melis’ 6-54.
Melis was called on to rescue checkley with the bat as well, as his sixth-wicket partnership with Nick Hubble (28) gathered 44 runs.
Alas, his knock of 23 was bookended by a poor top order and an even poorer tail.
Aside from Melis and Hubble, Josh Cartledge was the only player to break double figures, taking 15 before becoming Redican’s second of many victims.
Redican ended with incredible figures of 7-25, with a third of his 15 overs at the crease ending as maidens.
Checkley are now just seven points ahead of second-bottom Wood Lane in the battle to avoid the drop.