Hussain and Harris nudge Hem Heath nearer
Hem Heath moved within 20 points of Wood Lane, after they beat the North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier League leaders by 108 runs.
Hem Heath had set Wood Lane 231 to win. Mo Hussain top scored with 83 and was ably supported by John Cheadle (59).
Andrew Harris, the 37-year-old former Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Leicestershire player who joined Hem Heath during the winter, then ran riot with the ball taking 5-46 as Wood Lane were dismissed for 122.
Porthill Park capitalised on Wood Lane’s slip as they managed to defend 110 against strugglers Sandyford. Andrew Barnett (5-51) and Sohail Rauf (3-14) managed to restrict the title chasers to 110, but Sandyford’s batting never got going and the only resistance against the Porthill bowling attack came from Rauf (32), as they were bowled out for 97.
Stefan Jones and Chris Beech made sure Leek stay in the pack for the title as they beat Barlaston by four wickets, batting second. Jones claimed figures of 5-36 as Barlaston were all out for 100. Beech (43 no) then guided the visitors past the target in the 28th over.
Nayyar Abbas ensured Knypersley moved away from the relegation zone as they picked up 20 points against Stone. Abbas (5-71) helped his side restrict Stone to 202 from their 55 overs, Russel l Ballard (52) top scoring.
Knypersley looked to be in trouble at 24 for three but Abbas who smashed an unbeaten 142 from 126 balls, supported by Paul Goodwin (42 no), guided his side to a seven wicket victory.
Rock bottom Little Stoke fell to a ten wicket defeat against mid table Audley. Craig Barker took 8-45 as Little Stoke stuttered to 170 all out Richard Adams batting through the innings scoring 92 not out. Audley openers Hamza Siddique (88 not out) and Richard Hollaway (68 not out) passed the Little Stoke total in the 42nd over.
Longton beat Burslem by six wickets as Burslem collapsed to 85 all out. William Purser the pick of the bowlers taking 5-34. It took Longton 19 overs to reach the total, Purser top scoring with 32 not out.