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North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Cricket League

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

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LOCAL cricket was badly hit by rain for the second time this season on Saturday.

Premier Division A champions Leek's home game against Longton was among those abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Likewise, a potential maxim points haul for Knypersley against bottom club Wood Lane failed to get off the ground at a soggy Tunstall Road.

A potentially thrilling conclusion to the clash between Checkley and Burslem ended up as a damp squib after the heavens opened.

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Michael Allen's 69, allied to 60 from Nick Hunt, enabled Checkley to race to 179-2 declared from just 26 overs.

Allen hit four sixes, with Hunt striking five fours and three sixes in his knock.

Burslem attacked the target with gusto, with Berkshire batsman Shelvin Gumbs at the forefront of their effort to overhaul their target.

Gumbs was eventually dismissed for 72 after putting on 100 for the first wicket with skipper Chris Lowndes (26no), but the players were scurrying to the pavilion moments later and there was no more play.

In Division One A, the match between Ashcombe Park and Cheadle was building up to a thrilling conclusion until the rain arrived (see report on opposite page).

Blythe's fixture at Stafford was abandoned. There was no play either between Caverswall and Weston in Division Two A, but leaders Endon's visit from Norton managed to go ahead and reach a satisfactory conclusion for the hosts. Endon swept to a nine-wicket victory after limiting Norton to 152-5 in the wet conditions.

George Sellers (45) and Alex Bailey (79no) steered the home side to their comfortable win.

Second-placed Meir Heath closed on the gap on Endon to 10 points with an 84-run victory over Eccleshall. Eccleshall notched up 80 chasing a total of 164-8 declared.

No play was possible between Moddershall and Leek Moorlands in Division Three B, but Oakamoor's fixture with Hanford went ahead before rain intervened. Oakamoor ran up 146-7 and Hanford replied with 90-2 to each take six points.

Cheadle 2nd XI thrashed Stone by nine wickets at Tean Road in Premier Division B.

Stone were restricted to 110-8 from their 30 overs.

Ian Banks and Lewis Banks made 29 and 27 respectively, but the Stone target was well within range of the home side.

It took Cheadle just 23.2 to secure their resounding win.

Jake Mills made 58 not out and Tom Cadman hit an unbeaten 40 in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 99.

Mills struck nine boundaries in his 46-ball effort.

Checkley's match at Barlaston was rained off, as were the fixtures involving Endon, Ashcombe Park and Leek in Division Two B, and Bagnall and Leek Moorlands in Division Three B.

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