SUCCESSIVE defeats in 24 hours added up to a miserable weekend for supporters of Cheadle Cricket Club.
Defeat by Moddershall in the league on Saturday was followed dismissal from the Staffordshire Cup the following day Kashif Bhatti and Matt Goodwin played starring roles for Moddershall in a convincing 97-run victory at Tean Road.
Bhatti’s spin and Goodwin’s pace off the seam had Cheadle all out for just 59 runs in just 25.5 overs.
Goodwin finished with impressive figures of 5-11 and Bhatti 5- 27 with Daren Plant (19) Cheadle’s top scorer.
Marlon Martin (3-21) and James Sellers (3-40) had earlier teamed up well to restrict Moddershall to 156-9.
Runs were in short supply for Cheadle against Moddershall again the following day when they were ousted for 99 in the Staffs Cup semi-final.
Matt Goodwin, Tom Hope, Kashif Bhatti, Zen Malik, and Richard Williams claimed two wickets each for Moddershall on ths occasion.
Cheadle found some early hope when they reduced the visitors to 31-4, with James Sellers collecting a brace of wickets.
But the hosts then found Sam Kelsall immovable and he remained unbeaten on 46 as Moddershall reached their target.
AS CHEADLE fell by the wayside to Moddershall, Knypersley cruised to an eight-wicket success against cup holders Walsall in the other semi-final.
Despite the loss of an early wicket, Tim Maxfield (46) and home skipper, Dave Powles (39), added 91 for Walsall’s second wicket.
Walsall then lost a further four wickets to slip to 121-6, before Qadoos Rashid (25) and Daniel Betty added a little stability to move the score on to 164.
The remaining wickets then fell swiftly to leave the home team 179 all out with seven overs still available.
For Knypersley, Dan Cumming, Dan Ball, Kevin Cockerton, and Jake Thompson shared eight of the wickets, with two run-outs completing the set. Dan Ball set the early pace for Knypersley in their reply.
Despite losing the first wicket with the score on seven, Ball found a more-than-able partner in Jake Thompson.
The pair matched blows in a match-winning partnership of 167, until the latter became the second wicket to fall for 75.
There was to be no further success for the Walsall attack, and Ball carried his bat for 74, as Knypersley cantered home with five overs to spare.
LEEK CC selections
Saturday, August 17 Leek CC 1st XI Vs Stone (away) 1pm start - G. Willott, A. Mellor, T. Steele, C. Beech, A.
Thomson, H. Mahmood, L. Potgieter, N. Malik, B. Mellor, P. Hammersley, R. Dearden.
Leek Moorlands 1st XI Vs Norton-in-Hales (home) 1pm start - R. Ogden, M. Coxon, C.
Dearden, Z. Jupp, D. Fowler-Hill, J. Hudson, J.
Hughes, R. Jackson, N. Lafford, W. Leeson, S.
Leek CC 2nd XI Vs Moddershall (home) 1.30pm start - From: S. Machin, J. Walton, D.
Hall, J. Nixon, P. Mason, S.Slater, D. Fern, N.Bailey, R. Corden, A. Mahmood, N. Grubb, M. Jones.
Leek Moorlands 2nd XI Vs Norton-in-Hales (away) 1.30pm start -TBA.