CHECKLEY are finally hoping to get a good run of matches on the board with the weather improving in the coming weeks after a frustrating start to the season has left them with plenty to do in the table.
Last weekend summed up the season so far for the North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier Division outfit as the terrible weather conditions put paid to any hope of play in their clash at Four Trees against Longton.
Checkley are itching to take to the field to erase memories of a poor performance in defeat in their last league match against struggling Wood Lane and to follow up a fantastic Talbot Cup win against Leek the following week.
It has been a similar story for the 2nd team and Checkley chairman and 2nd XI captain Gavin Carr told the Post and Times the league tables are not a true reflection.
He said: “It has been a frustrating season for both the 1sts and the 2nds because of the weather and I don’t think the tables are a true reflection of the abilities of any of the sides.
“Some of the teams have been fortunate with getting games on while we have had games abandoned and tough wickets to play on. It’s been a testing time.
“The 1sts have had four new players this year and they’ve not had much chance to get used to one another and the batsmen have found it hard to find form as they are not playing much or are playing on tricky wickets.
“The 2nds have probably fielded a different side every week because of player availability, which is not ideal.
“But we have a lot of talented young players in that side and I think with a good few weeks of cricket behind them they could be pushing for the 1st team.”
Both teams face Little Stoke this weekend, who have made a strong start at both 1st and 2nd team level, and Carr expects a tough couple of games for Checkley.
However, he is confident that both teams can translate those good cup performances into more league points.
He said: “The 1st team would have been disappointed to lose the Wood Lane game as they were bottom at that time but they suffered a middle order collapse which put a lot of pressure on the lower order.
“However, following that with a terrific win in the Talbot Cup against Leek was a big boost and the 2nd team also did well in the cup against Meir Heath, so they will both be looking to translate that form to the league.”
Checkley 1sts travel to play Little Stoke 1sts tomorrow at 1pm while Checkley 2nds host Little Stoke 2nds at Checkley’s Four Trees ground tomorrow from 1.30pm.