Checkley maintain their lead at the top of the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Premier League collecting maximum points with an 80 run victory against Whitmore.
Winning the toss and batting first, Checkley posted 173 for eight, captain Michael Allen top scoring with 39, while Joe Bridgewater took 4-24 for the home side.
In reply Whitmore were reduced to 93 all out, Richard Cooper picking up his best figures of the season with 7-30 for Checkley.
Allen’s side still sit seven points clear of Knypersley who also claimed maximum points.
Knypersley maintained the pressure on Checkley, keeping their nerve, beating Burslem by three runs.
After being put into bat Knypersley got off to a poor start, but recovered from 23 for four to set Burslem 123 to win, Paul Goodwin the backbone of the batting line finishing on 53 not out, as Michael Brown took 6-49.
In the second innings the game hung in the balance with Burslem on 100 for eight, which became 118 for eight, but they were dismissed for 119, as Nayyar Abbas collected his second five wicket haul of the season.
The victory keeps Knypersley 10 points clear of Leek in third but still seven points adrift of Checkley.
Like the two teams above them, Leek won batting first, beating Hem Heath by 49 runs. Leek were reduced to 38 for four early on, but with runs in the middle order they managed to push it up to 162, as the wickets were spread around the Hem Heath bowling attack.
In response Hem Heath themselves fell to 35 for four, but their middle and lower order didn’t fire as well as the home side’s, being bowled out for 113.
Longton stayed in touching distance of the title chasers, with a four wicket victory as they travelled to Audley. Batting first Audley stuttered their way to 145 all out in the 45th over, Eddie Jones and Craig Barker picking up five wicket hauls for Longton.
In the second innings Dave Wheeldon (41) top scored for Longton as they chased down the total after the 55 overs, putting them six points behind Leek. The defeat leaves Audley two points adrift of Wood Lane and safety.
Wood Lane were comfortably beaten at home by 92 runs against Porthill. Rao Ifthikar Anjum smashed 74 not out off 36 balls for Porthill, after Dan Hancock (53 not out) and John Hancock (52) both hit half centuries, as they posted 267 for five.
In the second innings Wood Lane were reduced to 38 for three, but Jamie Jervis (52) and Samiullah (50) got to grips with the Porthill bowling attack, as the home side managed to get the full batting points before they were dismissed for 175.
Bottom of the table Elworth were heavily beaten by nine wickets as they travelled to Stone. The home side reduced Elworth to just 125, Dries Nell taking 5-35.
James Dawson (56) set the platform for Stone and Luke Cheadle (73 not out) saw his side over the line in the 24th over. Defeat leaves Elworth 35 points behind Wood Lane and safety.