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Checkley lose and gain

North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Premier League leaders Checkley lost by five wickets against Stone, unable to defend 179, but extended their lead at the top.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Daniel Spasic (57) top scored for Checkley as they were restricted to 179 for nine, with Dries Nell taking 5-41 for Stone.

In reply Stone were reduced to 17 for two, but Matt Coxon (72) and Richard Harvey (44), steadied the innings, with Stone reaching the total after 49 overs. The victory puts Stone 24 points behind Checkley, whose lead over second placed Knypersley increases to eight points.

Knypersley experienced defeat against Whitmore, losing by six wickets. Batting first Knypersley were dismissed for 163, with Jake Thompson (43) top scoring, while Yasim Murtaza (5-53) and Raj Kumar (4-35) doing the damage for Whitmore.

In response Whitmore opener Tom Meredith set a solid platform with 63, as Kumar (34no) saw his side over the line in the 48th over, who are now 23 points clear of Wood Lane and the drop zone.

Leek drop to fifth, beaten at Porthill by 84 runs. John Hancock (80) and Dan Hancock (70 not out) helped the home side post 267 for six from their 55 overs.

In the second innings Leek were dismissed inside 44 overs for 183, Chris Beech top scoring with 72, as Rao Iftikar Anjum took 5-49 for Porthill. Leek now sit 16 points adrift of Checkley while Porthill close the gap between themselves and the top to 12.

Longton jump into third with a seven wicket victory against strugglers Wood Lane. Having been put into bat Wood Lane’s Jamie Jervis finished on 99 not out, as his side closed their innings on 226 for four, with captain Daniel Brierley also hitting 75.

In reply Longton reached the target in the 54th over, with Michael Longmore hitting 72 and Dave Wheeldon, David Fairbanks and Craig Barker all making it into the forties. The win moves Longton to within 10 points of Knypersley, while Wood Lane sit six points behind Audley and safety.

The game at the bottom of the table between Elworth and Audley ended in a tie with both teams being dismissed on 171. Audley won the toss and elected to bat and were reduced to 171 all out after 53 overs with Hamza Siddique (73) top scoring, while Yasir Ali was the pick of the bowlers with 4-51.

In response Elworth got off to the worst possible start being reduced to 0-2, but they recovered to 171 for seven due to Ali’s 63.They then lost three quick wickets, with the last being a run out, with the game ending in a tie. The result leaves Elworth 33 points behind Audley in the last place above the drop zone.

Hem Heath collected the winning draw against Burslem at home. Liam Banks hit 103 for the home side as they posted 241 for eight. Burslem then closed their innings on 194 for five from 59 overs, Michael Rowley top scoring with 51.

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