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Openers steer Stone to top

Stone move to the top of the table collecting the greater amount of points in the abandoned game against Leek who drop to second.

Having been put into bat Stone declared on 226 for five after 54.4 overs, David Womble (85) and Luke Cheadle (74) putting on an opening stand of 151.

The second innings was then washed out after 13 overs with Leek on 40 for one, putting Stone three points clear at the top.

Third place Checkley also saw their saw their game against Hem Heath abandoned, with only 14.1 overs possible in the second innings.

In the first innings Checkley had posted 199 for three from their allotted overs, captain Michael Allen (76) and Daniel Spasic (51 not out) both hitting fifties.

In reply Hem Heath closed their innings on 19 for two. The wash out puts Checkley eight points off the top spot and five behind Leek.

Porthill closed the gap on the top three managing to force a winning draw away against bottom of the table Elworth. After being put into bat, the home side were dismissed in the 51st over for 166, Lee Morris top scoring with 63, while John Hancock took 5-40.

In response Porthill made it to 126 for six from 31 overs, Rao Ifthikar Anjum unbeaten on 52, giving them the winning draw, moving to within 14 points of Stone, whereas Elworth are 42 points from safety and Wood Lane.

The two other teams in the hunt for the title Knypersley and Longton saw their game abandoned with just two overs possible in the second innings.

Batting first Knypersley closed their innings on 169 for six with runs throughout the batting line up, putting them 21 points off top spot while Longton are 23 points adrift.

The two remaining games were also washed out. At the bottom, Audley’s game against Wood Lane was called off after the first innings with Audley finishing 159 for nine after 51 overs, Dean Bedson top scoring with 77, leaving them 12 points behind Wood Lane and safety.

The same was the case at Whitmore who took on Burslem with no play possible in the second innings, as Burslem were dismissed for 130 in the first, Lee Johnson taking 5-55 for Whitmore.

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