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Cooper and Carr steer Checkley to top

Checkley are the new league leaders of the North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier League beating Burslem by an emphatic 118 runs, while Knypersley slipped up against Leek.

Andy Carr (51 not out) top scored for Checkley as they posted 201 for five. In reply Burslem only had Michael Rowley (30) and Kevin Mountford (29) to make double figures, as they were dismissed for 83. Richard Cooper collected 6-44 from 21.4 overs.

Knypersley dropped to second place, seven points behind Checkley, after falling 44 runs short in their chase for 140 at Leek. Leek were bowled out in the 53rd over for 140, with Dan Cumming collecting 4-38 for Knypersley.

In response the away side got off to a poor start at 46 for five and never managed to recover, being reduced to 96 all out, Greg Willott the pick of the bowlers for Leek with 4-32. Leek moved up to third with the win, 10 points behind Knypersley and 17 adrift of Checkley.

Longton lost again dropping to fourth, this time losing by three wickets on their travels to Porthill Park. Rao Ifthikar Anjum picked up a five wicket haul for the home side, restricting Longton to 160 from their 55 overs.

Porthill’s run chase didn’t get off to a great start falling to 30 for two, which then became 102 for seven, but Ben Cotton (27 not out) and Andy Viggars (32 not out) guided their side to the target after 52 overs. The defeat leaves Longton 17 points off the pace at the top.

At the other end of the table Audley picked up a crucial two wicket victory travelling to Stone, putting them within touching distance of safety. Thomas Perkin took 5-41 for Audley, restricting the home side to 180 for eight.

Audley then needed late runs from Mustafa Bashir (58no), to recover from 100 for seven to pass the finish line in the 55th over with two wickets remaining. The victory puts Audley just a single point behind Wood Lane and safety.

Wood Lane were beaten at home against Hem Heath by 21 runs, being unable to chase down 138. Samiullah Kahn collected 4-39 and Steve Norcup collected three wickets for the home side, dismissing Hem Heath in the 50th over for 138.

In response Wood Lane looked in a strong position at 63 for two and then 95 for three, but it fell away in the middle order and they were eventually all out for 117, Tom East taking 4-15, with Bilawal Bhatti picking up four wickets as well.

Elworth look adrift at the foot of the table with a 10 wicket defeat against Whitmore. Mathew McCall (4-6) and Yasim Murtaza (4-19) demolished the Elworth batting line up dismissing them for 73.

In the second innings it took Whitmore just 16.1 overs to knock off the total, Tom Meredith being the aggressor, making 51 not out. The defeat puts Elworth 31 points from Wood Lane at a safe distance.

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