CHECKLEY bounced back from their league defeat to Wood Lane with a two-wicket victory over Leek in the third round of the Talbot Cup.
Skipper Michael Allen made up for his duck the day before with a half-century to top the scorers.
Allen also made the smart call to put the opposition in to bat after winning the toss, and after the top five had made 125, Andrew Cooper took to the crease and turned the tide.
He claimed four of Leek’s final five wickets, sandwiching a run out, including the crucial breakthrough scalp of Chris Beech, as Leek were all out for 160.
Nick Hunt proved a solid foundation on which Checkley’s reply could be built, and after Cartledge fell for a 14-ball duck, he and Allen put on 60 for the second wicket.
Allen held on through three more partners before finally falling with the score on 130-5, and though the wickets continued to tumble regularly, the tail-enders did enough to see his side to victory in the 44th over.
On Saturday, Checkley’s inability to break a successful eighth-wicket partnership ultimately cost them as they suffered a 73-run defeat at struggling Wood Lane on Saturday.
The visitors had taken scalps at regular intervals and had their hosts on the ropes at 100-7.
But Samiullah Khan proved an immovable force as he and Adam Williams put on 71 together, with the Megacre side finally all out for 188.
Earlier, Richard Cooper had looked to have given his side a good start, taking the first two wickets for the loss of just six runs, as he ended with figures of 3-56.
Also boasting a three-wicket haul was Ifitkhar Asghar, who took 3-36
In their reply, Checkley started towards the distance target with promise, Nick Hunt and Josh Cartledge putting on 40 for the first wicket.
But 40-1 quickly became 40-2, then 40-3, and then 41-4 as a middle-order collapse saw captain Michael Allen and Amer Siddique both fall for a duck.
Nick Hubble (28) and Kyle Melis (21) stopped the rot and put on 48, but after they fell, the tail failed to wag and Checkley were all out for 115 with plenty of overs to spare.