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No luck for Checkley in Whitmore call-off

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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CHECKLEY’S bid to avoid the drop suffered a setback as their match against Whitmore was abandoned late on.

In truth, the home side never looked like pulling off an unlikely victory after the visitors posted a formidable 278-4 declared in 51 overs.

Star of the show for Whitmore was Yasim Murtaza who smashed an unbeaten 150 not out – the majority of his runs coming in boundaries as he peppered the ropes at the Four Trees ground.

But to be fair to Checkley, they themselves were never really in trouble with the bat and closed on a respectable 178-4 in reply.

But it was Murtaza who stole the show, coming to the wicket early on after Kyle Melis had Tom Meredith caught by Andy Carr early on as the hosts started out well.

That was as good as it got for Checkley, as from then on the bat ruled with Murtaza and Richard Stonier putting on an impressive 199 runs for the second wicket.

It was hard going for the home attack as the pair raced along, with Stonier making 85 off 138 balls, including 15 fours and one maximum.

The partnership was finally ended when Ben Smith bowled Stonier but Murtaza simply kept going despite another couple of late wickets at the other end.

Melis picked up a second wicket as Rashid Amin was caught behind for 14, while Josh Graham was stumped for ten to give Smith his second wicket in the innings.

But when the declaration finally came, Murtaza remained unbeaten on 150 off 146 balls.

His innings included 17 fours and seven sixes.

Checkley made a solid start in reply, with Nick Hunt and Josh Cartledge putting on 47 for the first wicket.

Cartledge was first to go for 29 when he was lbw to Lee Johnson.

That brought Michael Allen to the crease, and with Hunt dropping anchor at the other end, they took the score along to 74 before Allen was bowled for 17 by Murtaza.

Hunt continued to play a watchful role as Andy Carr was next to go, caught behind off Joe Bridgewater for 17.

That was 112-3 and it was then 133-4 when Hunt’s long vigil came to an end when he was caught by Matthew McCall off the bowling of Raj Kumar. He made a patient 50 off 146 balls, with ten fours.

There was still work to do as Ben Smith (25no) and Nick Hubble (30no) knuckled down to ensure there were no more alarms as they put together an unbeaten 45 run partnership for the fifth wicket before the end came.

Checkley now stand third from bottom in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League Premier Division A table, nine points clear of the bottom two

UTTOXETER Seconds stormed to an impressive eight-wicket victory over Kings Bromley at the Racecourse on Saturday to reclaim top spot in Derbyshire County League Division Nine South after rivals Rosehill Meths lost at the hands of Rolls-Royce Leisure.

Kings Bromley skipper Greg Thompson won the toss and elected to bat first on an excellent track in hot and humid conditions.

The Town attack started in determined fashion as Dave Hunt and Jim Malkin pinned down the Kings Bromley openers.

They restricted them to only nine runs in the first ten overs, with Hunt having Ian Redgate well caught at wide mid off by Stan Maxwell.

Despite a minor recovery, the Town side continued to take wickets.

Hunt removed Rob Gunn, caught behind by Tom Wheeldon, and Malkin dismissed Paul Housely in the same fashion.

Dave Whitehead then snapped up a sharp catch at first slip off Malkin to see the back of Thompson and when Mughal was run out by Hunt, the visitors were reeling.

The Town side kept up the pressure as Malkin bowled Aaron Coleman and then Luke Bull took two wickets in an over, dismissing George Roobottom courtesy of a fine diving catch from Rich Stewart and then bowling Shahid Iqbal. .

With Kings Bromley almost dead and buried at 62 for the loss of eight wickets in the 27th over, Neil Roobottom (59 no) rallied the tail as he added a further 67 runs,firstly with Paul Ward and then Al Bishop to see the innings close on a semi-respectable 129-9.

Uttoxeter’s reply began badly as the reliable Stan Maxwell was bowled by Neil Roobottom in the third over and then James Burt was unlucky to be caught at leg slip by Roobottom off Bishop.

However, this did not deter Tom Wheeldon as he set about the visitors’ attack in brutal fashion, smashing Roobottom back over his head for three huge sixes and taking 18 from his seventh over.

With Wheeldon in full flow, Town skipper Dave Whitehead joined in the run spree, striking a couple of sixes of his own in a fluent 34 not out as the Town side crossed the line in only the 20th over .

Wheeldon carried his bat for an impressive 82, following his double century against the same opposition earlier in the year.

This maximum points success saw the Town side return to the top of the table with a 15-point cushion over Rolls Royce Leisure whom they meet on Saturday at Abbotsholme School.

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