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Checkley cricketers celebrate winning Talbot Shield

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: August 20, 2014

Checkley batsmen Adam Cottier (left) and Kevin Whitehurst chat during their side's Talbot Shield final clash.

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CHECKLEY gained a crucial one-wicket victory in their battle with fellow Premier Division strugglers Wood Lane in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League.

Wood Lane set their hosts 168 to win and were mown down by Nick Hunt (48) and skipper Michael Allen (31).

Liam Bassett's 4-31 dragged Wood Lane back into the game, before Ben Smith made a late 26 to help Checkley over the line in the final over.

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Wood Lane, who are now 21 points off safety, had earlier totalled 167-9.

Tim Maxfield (39) and Danny Brierley (20) were the principal contributors to their tally, while Iftikhar Ashgar's 4-17 kept a tight rein on proceedings.

Checkley 2XI emerged victorious from a low-scoring match at Norton in Premier Division B.

Adam Cottier made 47 but Checkley found life tough with the bat, as they were skittled out for 103.

Ian and David Reynolds claimed 5-43 and 4-30 respectively for the home side.

David (33) was at the forefront of Norton's run chase, but his team were bundled out for 84 as Josh Hewitt captured 3-6.

Cottier was in splendid form with the bat again the following day in his side's Talbot Shield final clash with Caverswall at Weston Coyney.

The in-form Cottier (52) figured in a 109-run opening partnership with Kevin Whitehurst (51), which laid the foundation for a 92-run Checkley victory.

Only one other Checkley batsman, Ben Motley (13), managed to get into double figures against the accurate bowling of Josh Need (4-34) and Muhammed Waseem (2-2).

Checkley were eventually all out for 170. Caverswall were dismissed for a disappointing 78 in reply and had Mansoor Akhtar (31) to thank for saving them from a more humiliating defeat.

Ben Haselgrave (5-29), Motley (3-9) and Gaven Collett (2-30) inflicted the damage for a jubilant Checkley.

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