The scene is set for a thrilling JS Sports Talbot Cup Final between local rivals at Tean Road

Cheadle captain Craig Smith.

LOVERS of local cricket will be hoping that the forecast stormy weather blows away in time to allow Sunday’s big attraction in Cheadle to go ahead.
Local rivals Cheadle and Checkley are scheduled to face each other in the JS Sports Talbot Cup Final at Tean Road.
It’s a real crowd-puller involving two past winners of the trophy, which is open to senior teams in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League.
Cheadle will enter the game as favourites as last year’s beaten finalists and having lifted the trophy on four previous occasions (1981, 1982, 1987 and 2012), whereas Checkley were winners in 2009 and have been beaten finalists twice, in 2014 and 2016.
However, Cheadle skipper Craig Smith believes it would be wrong to think his team goes into the game with the upperhand.
He told The Sentinel’s Chris Travers: “I don’t like to think we are favourites. Checkley have so much expereince in knockout cricket. They have done very well in the T20 and Talbot Cup in the past.
“It adds to the occasion that we are playing Chckley, but there is no needle between any of the players.
“It was a good a game last year [the final at Tean Road against Porthill Park] and hard fought, so hopefully it will be the same this time.
“Most of our lads are young, I’m the oldest at 30, so hopefully what we experienced last season will stand us in good stead,” he added.
Cheadle have strengthened their side since then by welcoming Staffordshire county seamer Matt Goodwin from Blythe and have retained services of their overseas star run-maker Ali Khan.
Checkley skipper Andy Carr said: “It’s going to be a tough game. Cheadle are a good outfit and they have strength in all disciplines.
“It’s good to be playing them. It is fantastic for the league and also for the local area. The players know each other well and there’s always some banter, as there is with every club.”
The match starts at 1pm and there will be refreshment facilities available.
Because of the enormity of the occasion emergency car parking is being provided a few hundreds yards from the ground at Tean Road recreation ground.