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Pursuit of win for Checkley CC is ended by the weather

03/08/13 Cricket: Checkley v Longton
Checkley cc v Longton,Nick Hunt batting for Checkley

03/08/13 Cricket: Checkley v Longton Checkley cc v Longton,Nick Hunt batting for Checkley

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CHECKLEY had the better of an abandoned clash with Burslem on a rainy weekend to forget for cricket in the Uttoxeter area.

Rain put paid to much of the North Staffs & South Cheshire League programme – with Uttoxeter also out of action in the Derbyshire County League.

But Checkley managed to get something of a game in against their opponents from Stoke on Trent on Saturday.

Burslem skipper Chris Lowndes won the toss and had little hesitation in asking Checkley to bat first with plenty of rain about.

However, openers Nick Hunt and Josh Cartledge got the hosts off to a flying start with a partnership of 47 in quick time.

Cartledge was the first man out for a rapid 24 off 22 balls, hitting three fours and a six.

If Burslem thought they had the breakthrough, they were wrong.

Checkley captain Mike Allen strode to the crease and proceeded to give the Burslem attack some hammer in a partnership of 102 with Hunt for the second wicket.

He hammered four sixes and a four in an unbeaten 69 off just 55 balls.

Not to be outdone, Hunt was also at his punishing best, cracking five fours and three sixes before he was cleaned up by Shelvin Gumbs for 60 off 71 balls.

None of the Burslem bowlers escaped the carnage as Allen declared on 179-2 from 26 overs.

Following a break for rain, Burslem charged at their target, with Lowndes and Gumbs sharing 100 for the first wicket in just 14 overs.

Berkshire minor counties man Gumbs took just 50 balls over his 72, blazing nine fours and three sixes before Pakistani veteran Iftikhar Asghar – the only bowler on the day to escape the carnage – bowled him.

Soon after, the rains came and ended the contest, with Checkley picking up seven points thanks to their explosive batting and Burslem taking five.

The points see the Four Trees men settle further into mid-table a year on from their unexpected tilt at the Premier Division title.

CHECKLEY bowed out of the North Staffs & South Cheshire League’s Twenty20 competition after a win and a defeat in the group stage.

In their first match against Norton, reduced to 15 overs by the weather, the Checkley batsmen blazed 101-9 as Kevin Whitehurst got stuck in with 42, hitting five fours and a six along the way.

Kyle Melis gave the innings some much-needed late impetus with a rapid 22.

After the turnaround, Richard Williams (2-16) took the vital wickets of Stephan Heyneke and Haroon Mahmood as Norton wobbled to 71-4 off 12.2 overs before the rain came again and the match was abandoned, the win being awarded to Checkley.

Rain ruined any chance of further play in the competition, so the Four Trees men had a bowl out with Porthill Park to see who advances into the knockout stages.

And Park won 3-0 to end Checkley’s hopes of escaping from Group Eight.

CHECKLEY slipped to third in the South Moorlands Junior Cricket League Under-15 Section C table after a five-wicket defeat to Longton.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, things started promisingly, with openers James Bennett and Ben Carrigan doing well.

Skipper Bennett would go on to record a match-high total of 36 before being forced to retire due to league rules, while Carrigan (11) fell to Josh Redfern.

Gabriel Wild went for the same score, caught by Aston Mack off Dion Bengry.

Two run outs followed, with Jamie Hartley making just eight, but fifth man Alex Belcher put in a good shift, hitting 27 to help Checkley to a final total of 111 for the loss of four wickets from their 20 overs.

Longton’s reply did not start promisingly, with opener Matt Arnold going for a duck, caught by Belcher off Jacob Degg.

Skipper Brodie Mack dug in and led by example though, making 23 with Mark Eardley, who put in an equally good shift to the tune of 22 runs before they fell to Jamie Hartley and Luke Jones respectively.

Zoheb Ishfaq (12) became Hartley’s second victim, and although Todd Kelly also went for a duck, an unbeaten sixth-wicket partnership Aston Mack (17no) and Josh Redfern (24no)saw Longton to victory with two overs to spare.

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