Cheadle skipper believes his side has got what it takes to claim Premier Division title

Cheadle skipper Craig Smith (centre) pictured with Jimmy Sellers (left) and Ali Khan.

CHEADLE captain Craig Smith believes his side can be serious title contenders on their return to the top flight of the North Staffs and South Cheshire League.
His optimism is backed up by his side’s unbeaten start to the new season, which has brought about successive victories over Checkley and Stone SP, to put them forth in the table.
In top spot are Meakins who were due to visit Cheadle on the opening day of the season before bad weather intervened.
“I genuinely believe we can win it (the title),” he told the Sentinel’s Chris Travers.
“I can’t find myself saying ‘we can’t beat this team or that team.’ That would be doing the lads a disservice.”
He added: We are strong as a club and that’s because of the depth we have. There’s some very good players in the seconds, so we know if we need them to step up we will be bringing in quality.”
The team’s leading scorer Ali Khan has returned from his native Pakistan in top form with a century and a half-century against Checkley and Stone SP respectively, increasing his runs tally for Cheadle to over 2,500 at the start of his third season with the club.
Home-bred Jimmy Sellers has also hit the ground running as a menacing opening bowler and a run-getter when needed.
The arrival of Staffordshire seamer Matt Goodwin from Blythe, together with Checkley opener Andy Cox and Meir Heath’s Austen Crump has further strengthened last season’s championship-winning side.
Cheadle will be bidding to make it three wins from three starts when they travel to Moddershall & Oulton this Saturday (12.30pm).