Leek on track

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Wood Lane moved within 14 points of Leek in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Premier League after another rain hit weekend in which Wood Lane were the only team in the division to get a positive result.

They beat strugglers Little Stoke by eight wickets. Asad Ali claimed figures of 6-54 and fellow opener Steve Norcup (4-21) dismantled the Little Stoke batting line up as they were dismissed for 76.

In reply Jamie Jervis top scored with 33 not out as the home side chased down the total after 17 overs, with eight wickets in hand.

Leaders Leek travelled to Porthill and could only manage a draw. Just 22 overs were playable in the second innings as they saw their lead at the top cut.

The home side batted first and posted 127 for nine from their 55 overs, George Cairns hitting 62, but Leek could only reach 52 for two, in the second innings.

Nayyar Abbas’ five wicket haul was in vain, as his Knypersley side didn’t have full opportunity to chase Stone’s score of 177 for eight, as only 19 overs were playable and they finished on 58 for two.

Ben Mcquire smashed 71 as Hem Heath posted 214 for eight against second from bottom Burslem but the rain once again interrupted.

Burslem closed their innings on 33 for one from 12 overs and are now 15 points adrift of Little Stoke and safety.

Fellow strugglers Cheadle had their game abandoned at home against Longton, but they did manage to get the first innings in, which saw Cheadle being dismissed for 72. They now sit 54 points from safety.

Checkley also saw their home game abandoned against Audley, with the away side on 161 for three.