Cricket: League new boys setting pace as they go for early-season treble
CHURCH Eaton have adopted a familiar position in the early weeks of the season – at the top of the table.
The Stone and District League champions have taken to life in Division Three with consummate ease and already have two wins in the bank.
And they proved they're going to be no pushovers this summer by claiming a nail-biting one-wicket win against Bagnall last weekend.
Skipper Chris Le Maistre was the cool head with an unbeaten 49, and he takes his side to Moddershall A tomorrow aiming for three in a row.
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Moddershall A opened up with a draw, but were beaten by Crewe last weekend.
And the Cheshire side, who are eager to address a recent slump which has sent them tumbling down from Division One, will be hoping that victory can be the start of a new dawn.
Captain Fionn Webb is able to call on the services of former Pakistan World Cup all-rounder Shahid Mahboob, who has already been in the runs and wickets this season.
Their bid for back-to-back wins sees them travel to Fenton tomorrow.
Andy Brown's side have anticipated early-season struggles because of a lack of playing resources, but will be hopeful of puncturing Crewe's enthusiasm.
Norton in Hales have made an impressive start to the season with a league win and a surprise Talbot Cup first-round success against Weston on their CV.
This week they travel to Hem Heath Forsbrook, who will be optimistic they can find the winning formula after pushing Division Two Woore close in the cup last Sunday.
Stone SP and Wedgwood Stanfields, who are scheduled to clash at Swynnerton, have both been hampered by the weather so far.
Neil Podmore's Stone side were beaten by Hanford on week one and then saw last Saturday's match at Norton in Hales abandoned after 31 overs.
Wedgwood Stanfields have not only been frustrated by the rain, but their one completed match saw them draw with Fenton after having their hosts nine wickets down.
The final match in the division sees Endon play host to an Oakamoor side who have found themselves nestled towards the top end in the early stages.