Club Cricket Team Makes History by Chasing Down Target in Just One Ball

In a remarkable display of dominance, Checkley Cricket Club’s second team achieved a historic victory by chasing down their target in just one legal delivery. The match took place in the first round of the Cricket Cave Talbot Shield in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League, where Checkley faced off against Wedgwood CC second XI.

Wedgwood, playing on their home turf south of Stoke-on-Trent, decided to bat first but quickly found themselves in trouble. With a string of eight ducks in their innings, including the not-out No 11 Gary Timmis, Wedgwood managed to score only eight runs before being all out. Opener and captain Tom Smith top-scored with just two runs, while last man Marcelle Souce contributed one run before being run out.

Checkley’s bowlers, led by Nick Hunt and Charlie Lewis, were in top form as they dismantled Wedgwood’s batting lineup. Hunt finished with figures of 4 wickets for 3 runs in 5 overs, while Lewis took an impressive 5 wickets for just 1 run in 5.1 overs.

In response, Checkley wasted no time in chasing down the target. Opener Blake Haddrell smashed two boundaries off Dom Marsh’s first two balls, including a no-ball, which resulted in Checkley scoring nine runs off a single legal delivery. This swift chase sealed Checkley’s victory in a spectacular fashion.

In other club cricket news, cricket fans were treated to a surprise appearance by Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara in the third division of the Dorset Cricket League. Batting at No 5 for Shillingstone CC against Kingston Lacy CC in Wimborne Minster, Sangakkara showcased his class by scoring 68 runs off 50 balls before being dismissed by John Burns in a 76-run victory for Shillingstone.