Leaders Leek win again

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Neal Lafford helped North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier League leaders Leek record their eighth win of the season against Little Stoke.

Lafford smashed 73 not out from 68 balls as his side successfully chased down Little Stoke’s total of 184 for eight. Richard Adams and Ryan Cryer both hit 53 as they guided Little Stoke to their total. In reply it took Leek until the 53rd over to reach the target.

Longton closed the gap on Leek when they travelled to Audley and won by two runs batting first. The home side’s Thomas Oaks took 5-21 as Longton were dismissed for 90.

In the second innings Craig Barker was the hero for Longton as he dismantled the Audley batting line as he claimed figures of 8-19, restricting them to 88.

Wood Lane beat Cheadle by 34 runs at home. The home side posted 147 for nine Steven Brierley top scoring with 42 not out, while James Sellers was the pick of the bowler with 6-72. Cheadle were then all out for 113, Asad Ali doing most of the damage with the ball taking 5-48.

Hem Heath missed the chance to move away from the bottom two, when they were unable to beat Knypersley. Hem Heath batted first and they were dismissed for 63, Robert James the main destroyer claiming figures of 7-30.

Knypersley then passed the target in the 27th over, Paul Goodwin (25 not out) and Jonathon Cumberbatch (20 not out) saw their side over the line.

Bottom of the table Burslem couldn’t avoid a losing draw against Porthill Park. Porthill batted first and were all out for 151 in the 54th over, Phil Adams and Michael Brown both picking up three wickets for Burslem.

In reply Burslem captain Christopher Lowndes hit 63 not out as his side finished on 124 for two from 49 overs.

Stone claimed a winning draw away at Checkley. The home side batted first and John Pickles (42) helped them reach 128 for six from their 55 overs.

Stone then looked to be in trouble at 84 for eight but their innings was closed after 36 overs giving them the winning draw.