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Cheadle unbeaten ton keeps Stone top

Stone remained top of the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Premier League after comfortably beating Burslem by 104 runs.

Luke Cheadle’s 133 not out enabled Stone to declare after 53 overs with the score on 234 for two, finding support in Phillip Cheadle (69 not out). In the second innings Dries Nell collected figures of 4-19 as Burslem were finally dismissed for 130 in the 52nd over, falling from 101 for five.

Leek stay three points adrift of Stone with a 81 run victory against strugglers Audley.

After winning the toss and deciding to bat Leek posted 205 for eight, Nadeem Malik top scoring with 67 not out, moving the score from 108 for five, while Thomas Oaks (4-40) and Andrew Johnson (3-76) taking the majority of the wickets.

In reply only Dean Bedson got to grips with the Leek bowling attack with 65, as his side were removed for 124 in the 48th over, Malik taking 5-22 and Alex Thompson picking up 4-45. Leek now sit on 282 points, three behind Stone and 10 in front of Checkley, while Audley are 17 points off Burlsem and safety.

Checkley maintained their title push with a six wicket victory away at Porthill. After putting the home side into bat, Checkley went onto dismiss Porthill for 76, Andrew Cooper the pick of the bowlers with 7-42.

In response Checkley fell to 37-4 but Daniel Spasic (32 not out) and Dan Knight (20 not out) saw their side over the line, moving them to 13 points behind Stone dashing Porthill’s hopes of silverware.

Longton kept their slim hopes of the title alive with a 63 run home victory against Whitmore. Longton opener Michael Longmore top scored in the first innings with 57, helping his side post 202 for seven, while Lee Johnson and Yasim Murtaza both took three wickets for the visitors.

Whitmore then lost wickets at regular intervals as they were bowled out for 139, Murtaza hitting 42, as Chris Hampshire picked up figures of 4-13. Longton are now 23 points off top spot.

Knypersley are fifth with a seven wicket victory away at Hem Heath. Nayyar Abbas was the pick of the bowlers for the visitors, collecting 6-33 as Hem Heath were dismissed for 97. In the second innings Paul Goodwin (31 not out) and Abbas (18 not out) guided their side over the line recovering from 34 for two.

At the bottom end of the table Wood Lane moved to relative safety beating basement side Elworth by one wicket. Batting first Elworth recovered from 58 for seven to reach 155 before they were all out, as number 10 Russell Cope top scored with 48, while Steve Norcoup took figures of 5-44.

In reply Wood Lane fell from 74 for two to 84 for six but Zain Shah guided his side to the target with 45 not out, to move them 26 points clear of Audley and the relegation zone, while Elworth are 47 points adrift of safety.

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