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North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League Division One

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: June 18, 2014

Audley batsman Deane Jervis narrowly escapes being run out at Tean Road on Saturday when his side came up against the Cheadle attack.

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CHEADLE'S recovery in Division One of the North Staffs & South Cheshire League continued with an eight-wicket defeat of Audley at Tean Road.

Audley made a steady start before Jimmy Sellers took the wicket of visiting skipper Andy Joynson.

However, it was the introduction of Will Dobbie and club professional Sujith Nikethana which saw the Audley innings begin to falter.

Dobbie took wickets in quick succession, well supported by Nikethana.

The only resistance from Audley came from former first class county player Imran Arif, who scored a quick-fire 37 runs before being caught off the bowling of Nikethana.

Another excellent run out, courtesy of Andy Coxon, left Audley 181-9 from their 55 overs.

Teenager Dobbie (4-58) was the pick of the Cheadle bowlers.

Cheadle began the run chase knowing that a victory was possible if they batted sensibly.

Their openers, former Audley player Hamza Siddique and Andy Coxon, began the chase.

After a steady start, Imran Arif had Coxon trapped lbw for 10.

This saw Nikethana come to the middle, and he and Siddique began to push the score along. Nikethana was eventually out, caught for 21.

Adam Alcock was the next Cheadle batsman to the crease, and he too began to push the score along.

Very soon, Cheadle only needed a few runs to ensure victory – and they duly obliged.

Siddique finished on 76 not out and Alcock 54 not out from only 52 balls.

Cheadle's head of coaching Rob Coxon said: "I was very pleased with the performance of our very young side, whose average age is only 21; especially as we were missing two very experienced players in Paul Shaw and captain Chris Barker."

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