Porthill rise to the top

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After three games, Porthill Park took themselves to the top of the North Staffs and South Cheshire League table when they beat Little Stoke batting first by two runs.

Porthill posted 142 for seven, John Hancock top scoring with 61 and Daniel Colclough the pick of the bowlers for the away side.

Little Stoke then found themselves 140 for eight and looking for victory, but they lost their last two wickets without scoring a run. Sohail Zaroof claimed figures of 5-55 and Peter Turnball (50) top scored.

Leek’s Greg Willott took 7-31 as his side beat Checkley away from home by six wickets.
The home side managed to scramble to 75 for nine from 43 overs, Willott taking out the top order.

Leek opener Alex Mellor (40no) then saw his side over the line with Willott finishing 15 not out.

Stone picked up 20 points at home after they managed to chase down Audley’s 106. Andrew Johnson (47) was the only Audley batsmen to pass 20, Calum Price was the pick of the bowlers for Stone with 4-26. The home side then reached the target in 35 overs.

Craig Spearman and John Cheadle centuries weren’t enough to set up a victory for Hem Heath against Cheadle.

Craig Spearman

Spearman's century in vain © Getty Images

Hem Heath batted first and from their 55 overs reached 250 for one, Spearman finishing 142 not out from 149 balls and John Cheadle hitting 102no from 145. Hem Heath then restricted Cheadle to 165 for five, Shaun Jenkinson top scoring with 56.

Knypersley only managed to get a draw at home against Longton in a 25 over match. The home side reached a score of 162 for two; Jake Thompson hit an unbeaten 60 and Nayyar Abbas smashing 53 not out off 21 balls.

Longton were then reduced to 49 for nine, Abbas taking figures of 3-13 and Kevin Cockerton claiming 3-4.

There was no cricket played at Wood Lane against Burslem.