Cheadle make an excellent start to the new cricket season

CHEADLE will be seeking continue their excellent start to the cricket season when they welcome Betley to Tean Road tomorrow (May 12).

Successive wins at Caverswall (28 runs) and Little Stoke (47 runs) have taken Cheadle to the top of Division One of the North Staffs and South Cheshire League.

Cheadle signed off fourth in the table at the end of last season with overseas player Ali Khan and home-bred James Sellers having been a major influence in a strong finish.

Khan and Sellers have carried on from where they left off in Cheadle’s early push for a place in the top flight.

Sellers stole the show in Cheadle’s opening day success at Little Stoke, where he top scored with 88 runs and claimed six wickets for 37 runs.

It was then Khan’s turn to steal the spotlight at Caverswall with a top score of 56, adding to the 1,061 runs he plundered last summer.

Cheadle skipper Craig Smith, pictured , said: “Finishing fourth last year might have been unexpected by some, but not by those at Cheadle, especially once we had Ali Khan on board.

“We’ve got a good squad and the fact our second team won promotion last year shows the depth we have.

“It will be harder this time, but that’s because the league is much tougher.”

Smith, 29, who has been with the club since he was eight-years-old, added: “It’s massive that we are all mates and if you looks at the ins and outs [of players] we have every year, there isn’t many.”