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Barker steers Longton to win

Longton consolidated their position at the top of the North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier League with a six wicket victory against Whitmore.

The league leaders won the toss and asked the Whitmore to bat first and restricted them to 126, Craig Barker collecting figures of 7-47. In reply Tom Redfern (20 not out) and Stefan Rduch (11 not out) saw their side over the line inside 36 overs.

Knypersley closed the gap to seven points as they jump into second place, beating Hem Heath by 113 runs. Jake Thompson set the stall for his side with a fine 106, supported by opener Jonathon Cumberbatch (77) as Knyspersley declared with the score on 228 for four after 53 overs.

In the second innings Hem Heath lost Mathew Hagan with the first ball and it didn’t pick up as they were dismissed for 115, leaving Fida Hussain stranded on 49 not out. Knypersley shared the wickets around but it was Kevin Cockerton who collected 4-23.

Checkley remain in third, after they successively chased down 200 with five wickets remaining at home against Porthill Park who drop to fourth. John Hancock (50) top scored for the visitors as they posted 200 for six from their 55 overs.

In response Checkley got off to the perfect start with an opening stand of 168, Josh Cartledge being dismissed for 94 as Nick Hunt played the supporting act. The home side then lost a few wickets but Hunt (69 not out) and Dan Knight (15 not out) guided their side to the target.

At the other end of the table Wood Lane picked up another crucial victory to move away from the drop zone beating Elworth, who sit bottom, by three wickets.

Samiullah Kahn took 5-30 for Wood Lane as they reduced the home side to 125 not out, captain Peter Barnett top scoring with 50. In reply only Jamie Jervis (43) got to grips with the bowling for Wood Lane, but Maz Shah, the only other batsman to make double figures, saw his side over the winning line in the 55th over. Elworth are now 16 points from safety.

In mid table James Dawson’s century wasn’t enough to prevent his Stone side being defeated by five wickets against Burslem. After deciding to bat Stone posted 208 for seven, as Dawson was dismissed late on in the innings after making 108.

In reply Burslem had runs throughout the batting line-up. They used the full amount of allotted overs, reaching the total with just one ball remaining.

Leek gained a winning draw against Audley. Chris Beech (77) and Alex Thompson (59) helped Leek post 227 for six. In the second innings Hamza Siddique top scored for Audley with 68 as they closed on 181 for eight.

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