CHECKLEY suffered a double blow at the weekend as their home Premier Division clash with Hem Heath was abandoned and they lost in the Talbot Cup semi-final to JG Meakin.
Mike Allen’s men were in a strong position when the rains finally ended Saturday’s North Staffordshire & South Cheshire League match at Four Trees, with visitors Hem Heath two wickets down looking for 200 to win.
Earlier, Allen had again starred with the bat, hitting a rapid 76 to pass 1,000 runs for the season.
In the league he has 562 runs at 35.13 and an impressive strike rate of more than 66.
On Saturday, he was joined in the runs by Aussie Danny Spasic, who got 51 not out – his fifth half-century of the season.
The duo allowed Checkley to record a total of 199-3 from their 55 overs.
But then rain spoiled proceedings – with the only comfort the fact Leek and Stone also suffered abandonments.
With bonus points picked up, Allen’s men closed the gap on the leaders to eight points.
On Sunday, a batting collapse cost Checkley a cup final appearance as JG Meakin shot them out for just 82 in 28.2 overs, Allen (45) and Spasic (17) getting the only double-figure scores at Four Trees.
Meakins chased down the total in 23.1 overs to complete a miserable weekend for poor Checkley.