Checkley has pulled off a coup with the signing of stand-out Indian domestic star Puneet Datey for their 2023 North Staffs and South Cheshire League campaign.

Datey is an accomplished pace-bowling all-rounder playing for 2022 Ranji Trophy winners, Madhya Pradesh.

Save for his solitary season with Chhattisgarh (2019/20), has been an integral member of Madhya Pradesh’s squad since his debut 2013/14 season.

During what has been an illustrious career, Datey has played over 100 domestic matches, bagged almost 200 wickets alongside 1,000 plus runs.

He has been successful across all formats but has particularly excelled in red-ball cricket (Ranji Trophy) with 103 wickets at 25.68 in addition to 761 runs at 20.56.

Surprisingly, despite his success in T20 cricket (29 wickets at 23.55) and inclusion in various IPL auctions, he hasn’t featured for any of the Franchises.

He has, though, spent a season in England plying his trade for Elsecar in the strong South Yorkshire League. In his maiden UK season (2018) he guided his side to a second-place finish in the Championship division (top tier) scoring 539 runs at 44.92 alongside 46 wickets at 12.61.

The all-rounder really is quite the player who is now set to return to Northern shores for a second stint in 2023 having signed with Checkley for their North Staffs and South Cheshire League campaign.