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Leaders Leek slipped up against fourth placed Knypersley in the North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier League, when they were defeated by one wicket.

Alex Mellor (44) top scored for Leek as they set the home side 150 to win, Nayyar Abbas claiming figures of 5-36.

Knypersley got off to a disastrous start with the bat falling to 14 for two, but Jake Thompson (48) and Abbas (44) got the home side close to the finishing line when Colin Dearden took 5-21 and triggered a Knypersley collapse to 139 for nine.

It was then down to Phil Dutton (32 not out) and number 11 Dan Hancock to guide their side to victory. Even with the win Knypersley dropped to fourth and Leek’s lead was cut to 18 points by second place Wood Lane.

Wood Lane beat Hem Heath batting first by 83 runs and moved into second place. Wood Lane won the toss and Jamie Jervis (68) and captain Daniel Brierley (56) proved it to be the right decision as the home side posted 213 for five from the 55 overs. Asad Ali then did the damage with the ball taking 6-55 as Hem Heath were dismissed for 130.

Longton dropped to third, two points behind Wood Lane as they failed to fire with the bat away at Porthill Park. The home side’s Fahad Mahood was the difference between the two sides, as he took 7-41 as Longton were all out for 91.

Mahood then saw his side home with two wickets remaining, finishing on 38 not out, as Porthill reached the target in the 20th over. With the win Porthill sit fifth and close the gap to Wood Lane to four points.

Burslem got a much needed win, beating Checkley by nine wickets. Checkley made a shocking start and found themselves one for four and then nine for five, and never recovered from there.

Michael Brown claimed figures 5-18 as the home side scrambled to 62 all out. In reply Burslem lost an early wicket but captain Christopher Lowndes (37 not out) and Steven Lowndes (18 not out) guided their side to the target after 19 overs. Burslem moved off bottom spot after Cheadle had points deducted in mid week and are now five points from safety.

Cheadle were beaten by 45 runs against Audley and are now adrift at the foot of the table. Cheadle captain Simon Plant won the toss and decided to bowl and they had the away side teetering at 27 for five, but Atta Ur Rehman (79), Liam Kelter (45) and Andrew Joynson (35) rescued the innings for Audley as they posted 206.

James Sellers was the pick of the bowlers for Cheadle with figures of 7-83. In the second innings Cheadle went from 139 for three to 160 all out with only Shaun Jenkinson (51) and Dave Wheeldon (42) really troubling the scorers. Cheadle are now 40 from safety after their 76 point reduction.

Stone could only manage a winning draw against strugglers Little Stoke. Stone captain Richard Harvey top scored with 53 as his side set Little Stoke 180 to win. In reply Little Stoke managed to reach 119 for eight from their 55 overs.