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Leek still in search of first victory

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 07, 2014

Wedgwood's Josh Clayton bowls to Leek & Moorlands skipper Richard Ogden.

Wedgwood's Josh Clayton bowls to Leek & Moorlands skipper Richard Ogden.

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DEFENDING Premier Division champions Leek are still searching for their first win of the new season in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Cricket League.

Checkley ended their poor start by executing a fine run chase against their fancied Moorlands rivals.

Opener Alex Mellor's 62 was the principal contribution to Leek's 224-5, although he received excellent support from Tim Tweats (48no), Chris Beech (45) and club professional Nadim Malik (34). Iftikhar Ashghar claimed 3-50.

Josh Cartledge then set about punishing the Leek bowling attack by striking 16 fours and one six in his 115.

Nick Hubble (31) also played a crucial role as secured victory on 228-7 with just five deliveries remaining.

This defeat leaves Leek still to record their first win after three starts.

In Division One, Cheadle posted 181 all out at Newcastle & Hartshill, which was not enough to gain them a victory.

Simon Wood (86) and Jack Beech (74) enabled the hosts to cross the line on 185-3.

It was nevertheless an improved performance by Cheadle, who were bundled out for just 43 runs by Moddershall the previous week.

Ashcombe Park beat Betley by seven wickets after dismissing the home side for just 102.

Betley had been on 81-2, but Grant Roberts return of 6-31 prompted a collapse.

Ashcombe professional Rizwan Haider (43) was the major contributor to his side's winning reply of 103-3.

Endon's winning run in Division Two came to an abrupt end at Rode Park, where they lost by 63 runs.

Two Leek & Moorlands players struck half-centuries in their side's comfortable victory against Wedgwood in Division Three.

Skipper Richard Ogden (55) and Neil Bailey (53) plied on the runs as the Moorlands raced to 213-7.

Wedgwood were all out for 171 in reply.

Oakamoor were skittled out for just 34 by Bignall End who won by 64 runs.

However, Bagnall were in winning form against Hanford, recording a comfortable seven-wicket verdict.

Bagnall replied with 108-3 after dismissing the opposition for 104.

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