By Gary Shenton
Cheadle Cricket Club’s new claim to fame is that it once had the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) most expensive player in their First XI.
He’s England and Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone, for whom Punjab Kings paid a whopping £1.1m last week ahead of this year’s competition.
The 28-year-old hit England’s fastest ever century in their T20 international with Pakistan in July.
Livingstone offered his services to Cheadle in September 2018, as he continued his rehabilitation after injury.
He smashed 218 not out in their NSSCL Division One win against Barlaston.
The super knock broke the record for the highest individual score in the division, which had previously been set at 193 not out by Cheadle’s Imran Jawaid in 2005.
Livingstone faced just 125 balls and whacked 19 fours and 13 sixes as Cheadle reached 354-3 declared from 40 overs.
The England Lions star added 172 for the third wicket with Thomas Degg (68) and then an unbroken 114 with Jack Hassall (14 not out).
Relegation candidates Barlaston were dismissed for 64, with James Sellers (5-25) and Oliver Edwards (4-33) doing the bulk of the damage.
Livingstone suffers Talbot Cup heartache with Cheadle
The following day, Livingstone opened the batting for Cheadle in their Talbot Cup final clash with Porthill Park.
However, he was unable to save his side from a defeat.
His§ innings had reached 38 as Cheadle replied to Porthill Park’s 179 all out, falling victim to spinner Adam Ralphs’ first ball.
He could only mis-hit it straight in to the hands of Ben Cotton at long on.
Cheadle never recovered from Livingstone’s loss and were eventually all out for 123.
On Sunday, Punjab won a five-way franchise fight to land the services of Livingstone for the 2022 IPL.
The £1m fee is a king’s ransom higher than the £73,000 Rajasthan Royals paid for him in 2021.
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