Checkley seconds need just ONE legitimate delivery to seal Talbot Shield victory

Nick Hunt claimed four wickets for Checkley seconds in their NSSCL Talbot Shield first-round win at Wedgwood 2nd XI.
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Checkley seconds secured a remarkably easy passage into the second round of the Talbot Shield.

The Four Trees outfit needed just one legitimate delivery to complete a successful run chase on their visit to their Wedgwood counterparts.

Checkley had bowled out their hosts for just eight in the first-round tie.

And Blake Haddrell then hit the first delivery of their response - which was also a no-ball - for four.

He also sent the second ball, the only legal one, to the boundary to complete a 10-wicket win in double quick time.

It was an astonishing cup tie considering the starts the respective sides had made to their league campaign.

Checkley are second in NSSCL Division Two, while Wedgwood have won all six of their Division Seven matches to lead the way.

So although Checkley were favourites going into Sunday’s match, the speed it was concluded was a big surprise.

Wedgwood won the toss and batted, but their innings lasted just 10.1 overs.

And their score would have been even worse had it not been for the addition of five extras.

Only two Wedgwood batsmen managed to get off the mark as Checkley swept through their line-up.

Charlie Lewis picked up 5-1, with Nick Hunt adding 4-3 at the other end.

Checkley then wasted little time in knocking off the runs to book their place in the next round.

It is the second time this season that a Checkley team has bowled out an opposing side for single figures.

Last month, their third team dismissed Oakamoor fourths for just nine in a Division Eight match.

Checkley then went on to complete a nine-wicket win inside three overs.