CHEADLE have lost the services of their record-breaking batsman Jake Mills for the 2018 season to Premier Division club Checkley.
Mills smashed an unbeaten 262 in an opening partnership with Tom Cadman (133no), as Cheadle 2ndXI ran up 405-0 against Meakins 3rds in Division Five of the North Staffs and South Cheshire League last May.
Mills knock included no fewer than 39 boundaries and six sixes and beast the previous record of 242 scored by Porthill Park’s James McCarthy in 2004.
It was also the highest batting partnership in the history of the NSSCL.
CAVERSWALL will be seeking to improve on last year’s disappointing season which needed a final day victory over Silverdale to preserve their Division One status.
Silverdale looked like despatching their opponents through the relegation trap door after reducing their opponents to 67-5.
However, skipper Nazakat Ali came to Caverswall’s rescue with a knock of 61 which allowed them to go on and close their innings on 193-8. Silverdale were bowled out for 138 in reply.
Cresswell-based BLYTHE celebrated promotion to the Premier Division as champions by signing off with a winning performance against Moddershall & Oulton, after being run close in the title chase by Elworth in the final weeks of the season.
Warwickshire seamer Oliver Hannon-Dalby was Blythe’s hero with a return of 7-29 which reduced Moddershall & Oulton to 50 all out in their six-wicket victory.
Blythe open their season in the top flight with a local derby Checkley with a new overseas professional, Jalakat Khan, recruited to strengthen their challenge for honours.
Khan, 32, was part of Pakistan’s bronze medal winning team at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
CHECKLEY too have recruited a new professional. He’s 27 year old former Notts and Derbyshire all-rounder Scott Elstone who made a fairytale appearance for England as substitute fielder in the second Test against India at Trent Bridge in August 2011.
Elstone held catches off the bowling of Tim Brosnan to dismiss Suresh Raina and Harbahajan Singh, after coming on to replace the injured Graeme Swan and later Jonathon Trott.
OAKAMOOR have swooped to sign Leigh all-rounder David Nash who led his side to promotion from Division Eight last summer.
Other transfer moves include:
BLYTHE: Frankie Shenton (Moddershall & Oulton), Muhammad Salman Hanif (Rotherham Town), Alex Thorley (Longton).
CAVERSWALL: Anwar Hussein (Wedgwood), John Baker (Trentside), Jamie Roberts (Hanford), Graham Smith (standard nomination).
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