League leaders Knypersley were beaten at home by five wickets against Wood Lane after Samiullah Kahn took 5-54 and Steve Norcup 4-34 to reduce the North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier League table toppers to 138 all out.
In reply Jamie Jervis made an unbeaten 44 and Maz Shah 42 not out which saw their side over the line in the 56th over, recovering from 13 for two. Defeat still leaves Knypersley 11 points clear as the teams below them couldn’t take advantage.
Checkley drop to third with a losing draw against Leek who collected their seventh draw of the season. Leek batting first posted 236 for five, Chris Beech top scored with an unbeaten 87, finding support in Nadeem Malik (60 not out).
In response Checkley got off to a poor start, falling to 7 for two, but Michael Allen (62) and Andy Carr (39) rebuilt the innings. Both were dismissed with the score on 111 for five and they had to scrap to hold on to the draw, closing their innings on 166 for five. Checkley are now a point behind Longton who moved into second and 12 adrift of leaders Knypersley.
Despite being beaten at home by five wickets against Stone, Longton jump Checkley into second. David Wheeldon’s unbeaten century and Michael Longmore (86) were the mainstay of the Longton innings, setting Stone 229 to win. In the run chase Phillip Cheadle guided his side to victory with 87 not out after 54.5 overs, Luke Cheadle also hit 48 in the innings.
At the other end of the table Whitmore beat Audley by six wickets. Audley were restricted to 140 for nine from their 55 overs, after a terrible start, falling to 31 for four.
In reply Whitmore themselves had a dreadful start being reduced to 9 for three, but Raj Kumar (58 not out) and Justin Mould (36) rebuilt the innings and when Mould was dismissed with the score on 110 for four, Yasim Murtaza (27 not out) carried it on. Whitmore reached the winning total in the 40th over leaving themselves 12 points ahead of Audley and the drop zone.
Bottom of the table Elworth picked up a crucial six wicket victory against Burslem, who lose touch with the top three. Burlsem stuttered their way to 169 for seven after being put into bat, Michael Rowley top scored with 52, as Mike Holt took 3-59.
In the second innings Yasir Ali then dominated the innings hitting 76 not out, guiding his side to victory in the 41st over, moving Elworth 22 points from safety and Whitmore.
In the middle of the table Hem Heath, at home, blew Porthill Park away winning by nine wickets. Bilawal Bhatti took 5-31 and Muhammad Jahangir 4-23 for the home side as Porthill were dismissed for 59. In the run chase Jack Wood top scored with 37, as it took Hem Heath 18 overs to clinch victory.