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Staffordshire Cricket Cup - Leek v Cheadle

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 04, 2014

  • The Cheadle players celebrate after dismissing Leek batsman Chris Beech.

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LEEK recorded their first back-to-back wins of the season when they ousted Cheadle from the Staffordshire Cup on Sunday.

Cheadle struggled to contain a Leek side containing three current Staffordshire county players – Alex Mellor, Alex Thomson and skipper Greg Willott.

Thomson blasted his way to 78 runs, as Leek totalled 262-6 off their allocated 45 overs, before being bowled by Cheadle's professional Sujith Nikentha.

Openers Ross Dearden and Alex Mellor got Leek off to a solid start by putting 54 runs on the board before the fall of the first wicket.

Nikentha finished with figures of 2-45 as the Leek batsmen shone brightly in the sun.

James Sellers (1-45), Chris Barker (1-58), Jack Hassall (1-31) and William Dobbie (1-55).

It has to be said that Cheadle put up a brave fight in reply – led by Tom Cadman (55 not out) and Jake Mills (44) – recovering well after finding themselves 9-1 and then 17-2.

However, the visitors were no further than 172-6 at the close.

Malik was the most economical of the Leek bowlers with figures of 1-7, closely followed by Willott on 1-9.

Paul Hammersley (1-19), Jean Rossouw (2-28) and Chris Beech (1-28) shared the other wickets.

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