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Leek pip Stone to retain title

Leek clinched their second North Staffs & South Cheshire Premier Cricket League championship in successive years with a winning draw against Knypersley.

Nadeem Malik hit an unbeaten half century as Leek posted 197 for five from their allotted overs.

In reply Knypersley got off to a terrible start falling to 31 for five but Tom Edwards’ 84 rescued his side as they closed their innings on 128 for six, while Greg Willott collected 3-13 from 15 overs. The winning draw was enough for Leek to defend their title finishing two points clear of Stone.

Stone did all they could, picking up maximum points away at relegated Audley winning by 92 runs. The visitors declared after 49.3 overs with the score on 223 for seven, James Dawson top scoring with 82, while Andrew Johnson was the pick of the bowlers for Audley with figures of 4-52.

In the second innings Dries Nell took 8-37 as Audley were dismissed for 131 inside 41 overs.

Checkley finished in third with a 56-run victory at home against Burslem. The home side’s captain Michael Allen top scored with 64, helping his side set Burslem 223 to win.

In response the visitors lost wickets in clumps unable to get a real partnership together being bowled out for 166, Joshua Pieters hitting 66. The result means Burslem finish just above the relegation zone, while Checkley ended up in third.

Longton dropped to fourth with a five wicket defeat against sixth placed Porthill. After being put into bat Longton got off to a solid start with an opening stand of 119, Richard Holloway (65) and Michael Longmore (50) setting the foundations.

But the innings fizzled out as they were restricted to 188 for eight, while John Hancock took 5-58. In reply Porthill chased down the total in the 55th over, Rao Ifthikar Anjum seeing his side over the line with an unbeaten 55.

Wood Lane beat Hem Heath by seven wickets. Liam Banks top scored for Hem Heath with 71 before they were reduced to 176 all out in the 39th over, with Elliot Maginnis taking 4-61.

Deane Jervis (69) and captain Daniel Brierley (48 not out) were the main run scorers for Wood Lane, reaching the target in the in the 35th over, which leaves them in mid table.

Relegated Elworth beat Whitmore comfortably by eight wickets at home. Having reduced the visitors to 136 all out, Elworth’s Matthew Winter finished 71 not out as his side chased down the total in the 39th over. In the first innings Thomas Bates was the pick of the bowlers with 4-20, while Justin Mould hit 57.

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