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Checkley’s poor start continues

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 29, 2014

19/04/14 Checkley CC v Stone SP - Checkley, Uttoxeter
Checkley CC .v. Stone SP....Stone batting....Kyle Mellis

19/04/14 Checkley CC v Stone SP - Checkley, Uttoxeter Checkley CC .v. Stone SP....Stone batting....Kyle Mellis

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CHECKLEY lost a second match running as their slow start to the North Staffs & South Cheshire Premier Division campaign continued.

The Four Trees outfit again failed with the bat as they were shot out for just 90 by Whitmore at Bent Lane.

The Newcastle-under-Lyme outfit then knocked the runs off with ease for the loss of five wickets in 31.3 overs.

Defeat leaves Checkley – genuine title contenders in 2013 – rock bottom and looking for better against champions Leek at home on Saturday.

Their problems started when skipper Mike Allen lost the toss and saw his side inserted on a pitch expected to offer early help to the seamers.

Josh Cartledge (25) started steadily enough but after a tortuous 17-ball stay at the crease Nick Hunt departed for a duck.

Allen, too, went without troubling the scorers as Lee Johnson (5-29) wreaked havoc.

Cartledge went soon after to Khalid Bilal (4-28) and at 27-3 Checkley were in trouble.

Andy Carr (2) and youngster Kyle Melis (4) departed, with only Amer Siddique (23) getting going.

His departure made it 62-6 and Checkley were really staring down the barrel.

Aussie Danny Spasic (5) clung on for 27 balls before he was run out and the end was not long in coming, with Bilal and Johnson wrapping up the tail, despite some dogged resistance from Gavin Carr (5 off 36 balls).

After tea, Whitmore’s Richard Stonier was just getting going when he fell to Iftikhar Asghar, with the Checkley seamer also grabbing the wicket of Yasim Murtaza (0) shortly afterwards.

At 9-2 the visitors were right in the game but Tom Meredith (18 off 74 balls) dug in and allowed Raj Kumar (28) to play with more freedom.

Kumar went with the scores on 47 but his departure brought Justin Mould to the crease and he continued where Kumar left off.

Melis, who took an impressive 3-14 in eight excellent overs, was on a hat-trick as he finally shifted the determined Meredith, trapped in front, and bowled Dean Pritchard next ball.

But with just 16 runs needed, it was too late for Allen’s side as Mould (25no) took Whitmore over the line to claim the win.

CHECKLEY 2nds were just edged out by Whitmore 2nds in a thrilling Premier Division B game on Saturday.

Checkley skipper Neil Beeforth won the toss and bowled, but Whitmore compiled 160 all out in 39.2 overs - a total which proved very competitive.

Peter Appleboan was the pick of the home bowlers, taking 4-11 in just 3.2 overs to help wipe the tail out as Whitmore collapsed disastrously from 142-4 to 160 all out.

Anthony Dutton (58) was the pick of the batsmen, while opener Andy Wagg (41) also chipped in.

After tea, Checkley made a fine start as Kevin Whitehurst and young Michael Dale put on 65 for the first wicket.

But Whitehurst’s departure for 50 started a collapse as Dale (11 off 95 balls), Nick Hubble (1), Ben Smith (1), Dan Knight (2) and Peter Appleboan (5) all fell in rapid fashion.

A score of 65-0 became 99-7 after Ben Haslegrave’s departure.

Adam Forman (17 off 73 balls) had clung on but his dismissal to Wayne Spence (5-35) signalled the end, with only a few lusty blows from Gavin Collett (18no off 16 balls) getting Checkley close to their target.

In the end they were all out for 142 in 63.1 overs, just 19 short of victory.

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