Cheadle defeat sees Leek triumphant

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Leek became 2012 North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier League champions defeating Cheadle and relegating them back to division one.

They beat the visitors by 42 runs after a minor batting collapse, falling from 89 for two to 139 all out, Chris Barker doing the damage for Cheadle with figures of 5-38, Alex Mellor top scored for the champions with 66. In reply Cheadle’s innings never got going as Leek's Greg Willott (6-32) and Matt Bowcock (3-36) dismissed the visitors for 97.

Above Cheadle, Burslem kept their hopes of survival alive, while ending all hopes for Knypersley of becoming champions when they beat them by three wickets.
Burslem dismissed the away side for 79, Phil Adams returning figures of 5-27, Dan Ball (40) the only batsmen to put up any resistance against the Burslem bowling attack.

Burslem then never got to grips with the Knypersley attack and stuttered their way to the finishing line with three wickets remaining. Burslem are now 11 points behind Little Stoke with the victory but remain in the relegation zone.

Little Stoke nearly secured safety against Audley but they ran out of overs and closed their innings four runs short of the target and could only mange a losing draw.

Little Stoke won the toss and put the home side into bat and Hamza Siddique (79) and Atta Ur Rehman (53)were the main run scorers, as Audley posted 236 for eight, Daniel Colclough the pick of the bowlers with 4-58.

In reply Little Stoke got off to a great start, Richard Adams (85) and Spencer Byatt (55) putting on 91 for the first wicket. Little Stoke, getting closer to the target couldn’t get any momentum with three run outs, they eventually closed their innings on 232 for seven.

Craig Spearman

Craig Spearman makes 62 for Hem Heath © Getty Images

Even suffering a three wicket defeat against Longton, Hem Heath secured safety, 26 points ahead of Burslem. Hem Heath won the toss and decided to bat but got off to a poor start being reduced to 15 for three, Craig Spearman hitting 62 to stabilise the innings as they were dismissed for 120, Eddie Jones (5-28) and Craig Barker (4-62) doing the damage.

Longton then lost wickets at regular intervals but David Fairbanks (58) guided them to within one when he was out with the score on 120 for seven and they got over the line in the 42nd over. Longton sit in second 11 points ahead of third place Knypersley.

Wood Lane comprehensively beat Stone by eight wickets. Asad Ali did the damage for Wood Lane returning figures of 7-50 as the visitors were dismissed for 91. Jamie Jervis (36 not out) and Daniel Brierley (31 not out) saw their side over the line.

Porthill Park beat Checkley by two wickets, after successfully chasing down 119. Checkley got off to a poor start falling to 10 for three, Ben Hazlegrave (25) helped them recover to post 119, Fahad Masood the pick of the bowlers for the visitors.

Masood then hit 45 off 36 balls as his side reached the target in 33 overs, Ben Smith returned figures of 5-21 from four overs for Checkley.