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Knypersley close gap on Leek

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Twelve points now separate Knypersley from Leek after they earned maximum points at home against Checkley, beating them by 75 runs.

Openers Jonathon Cumberbatch (49) and Dan Ball (40) set a solid platform, but 93 without loss soon became 110 for three. Steadying the ship Nayyar Abbas (27) and Paul Goodwin (26) helped push the total up to 176 for seven.

In reply Checkley only had captain Andy Carr that showed any resistance with 28 as his side were dismissed for 101, Kevin Cockerton (3-37) and Abbas (3-9) both taking three wickets.

With two games left Knypersley have moved to within 12 points of league leaders Leek and are five points clear of third place Longton.

Leek could only manage a draw against Audley, with only 23 overs possible in the second innings.

Leek batted first stuttering to 137 for nine from 50 overs, Alex Mellor top scoring with 28, Atta Ur Rehman returning figures of 5-54 for the visitors. In the second innings Audley closed their innings on 109 for three from 23 overs, Thomas Birks hitting 43.

With Leek only managing a draw, Longton took the opportunity to the close the gap to 17 points, beating Burslem by 84 runs.

Richard Hassall (114) hit his first century of the season as he helped his post 220 for six off 46 overs.

Eddie Jones (6-67) took his best figures of the season in the second innings as Burslem were dismissed for 136, Craig Barker also returned figures of 4-44 for Longton.

Burslem are 22 points behind Little Stoke and safety.

Wood Lane gained the winning draw against Porthill Park, which is a result that didn’t suit either side in the hopes of chasing the league title.

Late runs for Porthill from Josh Lowndes (50 not out) and Ben Cotton (40) pushed their teams total up to 159 for nine, Adam Williams the pick of the bowlers with 3-30.

Both teams were looking for victory in the second innings, Wood Lane captain Daniel Brierley hitting 72, but both sides ran out of overs Wood Lane closed their innings on 155 for nine off 50 overs finishing five runs short of victory and Porthill needing one wicket.

Wood Lane are now 34 points behind Leek and Porthill another four points behind.

Moving to the bottom of the division, Cheadle kept their slim hopes of survival alive, when they beat Stone by four wickets, successfully chasing down 144.

James Dawson hit 60 as his Stone side were all out for 144, Cheadle captain Simon Plant (4-10) and James Sellers (4-46) both taking four wickets.

In reply Shaun Jenkinson top scored with 35, but it was Dave Wheeldon who saw his side over the line unbeaten on 30. Cheadle are now 41 points behind Little Stoke with two games remaining and 19 points behind Burslem.

Little Stoke only managed a draw against Hem Heath, as they had to close their innings 12 runs short of the target required.

They had bowled Hem Heath out for 112 from 48 overs, Daniel Colclough and Hassan Raza both taking four wickets.

Little Stoke in reply were on 100 for seven from 28 overs, finishing 12 runs short of a victory that would have pushed them closer to securing safety.