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North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Cricket League Division One

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

Cheadle professional Sujith Nikethana produced a fine all-round performance against Elworth.

Cheadle professional Sujith Nikethana produced a fine all-round performance against Elworth.

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CHEADLE'S new Sri Lankan professional Sujith Nikethana produced a match-winning performance against high-flying Elworth at Tean Road on Saturday. The 28-year-old scored a magnificent 60 and claimed three wickets as Cheadle chalked up their first league win of the season at the seventh attempt.

But Cheadle chairman Ian Plant refused to single out any individual for his club's victory, which defied the odds.

Plant said: "Sujith did extremely well for us but everyone played their part.

"Hopefully, this is now the turning point for our season.

"Having lost five players from last year, and being without a pro for our opening two games, it's been a difficult start for us.

"Saturday's win against the league leaders will have given the team a great confidence boost."

Despite pulling off the day's big upset, Cheadle remain rooted at the foot of the table, and they face another tough assignment away to title-chasing Silverdale this Saturday.

Nikenthana (3-28) and James Sellers (3-35) were instrumental in the undoing of Elworth for 134, who had elected to bat first on a slow wicket.

Lee Morris top scored with 43 for Elworth.

After tea, wicket-taker Nikethana turned run-maker for Cheadle with a sparkling half-century.

With the score on 66, ex-Checkley pro Jason Brown bowled Cheadle's rising teenage star Andy Coxon for an excellent 25.

The experienced Paul Shaw then began to push the score along for Cheadle, before being bowled for a valuable 19.

Nikethana lost his wicket soon afterwards, trapped lbw.

Matt Sellers joined Adam Alcock with only 20 runs needed for victory.

It was left to Alcock to hit the winning runs with a flick off his legs for four.

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