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Cheam Victory Sets Up Top Flight Return

June 18, 2001 11:42: Cheams hopes of an instant return back to the Castle Lager Surrey Championship Premier Division have been boosted

by their fourth win in six matches.

Victory over Addiscombe took them three points clear at the top of the First Division on Saturday.

David Morgan produced a mercurial 7 for 38 as Addiscombe were bowled out for 179.

Cheam chased effortlessly and won by eight wickets in only 42 overs thanks to an undefeated 59 from Gary Martin and a superb 87 not out from Greg Lamb taking his seasons tally to over 300 runs.

Cheams second XI managed a losing draw against Guildford who set them 252 to win. Chris Lyon (54) and Rick Holden (78) seemed to strike the ball very well against some good Cheam bowling, particularly from Mike Sheehan, and amassed their total of 251-4 in only 47 overs.

Once again, Cheams top order never got going with the exception of Neil Perkins who scored 43 and it was left to the lower order to give some respectability to the score. Sandy Kington, on his second eleven debut scored 23, as did Mike Sheehan to round off a good

afternoons work, with Cheam finishing on 181-9.

Vinny Baghat emigrates to Canada this weekend and leaves Cheams third XI on a high, after a three wicket win against Guildford.

Guildford were bowled out for 112 but then reduced Cheam to 87 for seven before Chris Weinman played the dominant part in an unbroken stand of 27 to guide them to victory.

On Sunday, Cheam reached the regional final of the National Knockout by defeating Hertfordshire League side Hoddesdon by four wickets. Jamie Barrow bowled superbly well early in the Hoddesdon innings, soon reducing them to 4 for three.

Hoddesdon skipper David Hughes led a revival with an excellent 81 and they managed a total of 194.

Barrows final analysis was 4 for 18 from nine overs, 13 of those runs coming from his last two overs.

In reply, Cheam got off to a flyer, with Gary Corcoran scoring a rapid 65 in an innings that was a mix of fluid cut shots, deft placement and powerful pull shots. Four wickets then fell for 15 runs to put some mild panic into the side, but Gary Martin, with a superb 78 not out, and skipper Stuart Willox, with a calm 41 not out, saw Cheam through with five overs remaining.

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