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Leek in the box seat

Leek took a step closer to securing their second North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Cricket League title in successive years with a 55 run victory at home against Checkley with one game remaining.

Having won the toss Leek elected to bat first and with Tim Tweats top scoring with 50, they posted 201 for eight from their allotted overs. In the second innings Checkley were dismissed for 146 as Leek shared the wickets around their attack, to move 14 points clear at the top with a trip to Knypersley next week.

Stone are Leek’s only threat remaining to the championship but they could only manage a winning draw against third place Longton. Batting first Stone reached 258 for six, with James Dawson hitting 121 as Luke Cheadle (51) also passed the half century mark.

In reply Longton closed their innings on 214 for six, with Dave Wheeldon making 73, as their hopes of lifting the title vanished, while Dries Nell collected 5-92. Stone are now 14 points adrift of Leek and travel to relegated Audley in the last week of the season.

At the other end of the table Audley’s fate has been sealed with a 36 run defeat away at Whitmore. The visitors got off to a good start reducing Whitmore to 27 for three, eventually dismissing them for 168, Andrew Johnson being the pick of the bowlers with 5-28, while Raj Kumar hit 69.

In response Audley made a poor start with the bat themselves falling to 20 for three, they couldn’t recover finally being bowled out for 132, Lee Johnson taking 5-60, leaving them 30 points behind Burslem and safety.

Burslem’s safety came with a losing draw against already relegated Elworth. Chasing 200 Burslem closed their innings on 151 for eight with Michael Brown (48) and Joshua Pieters (47) helping their side recover from 32 for five. In the first innings Chris Regan top scored with 56, while Yasir Ali also hit 53 for Elworth.

In the middle of the table Hem Heath beat Porthill by 51 runs. John Cheadle top scored for Hem Heath with 55 as they were reduced for 124 inside 47 overs, John Hancock being the pick of the bowlers taking 5-46.

In reply Porthill slumped to 73 all out with only two batsmen making double figures, while Hem Heath shared the wickets around.

Wood Lane entertained Knypersley, winning by 73 runs. Ryan Hassett carried his bat to finish 96 not out for Wood Lane as they posted 186 for nine. In response Knypersley were dismissed for 113 with Samiullah Kahn collecting 5-40.


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