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Steele underpins Leek win

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Leek continued their rich vein of form when they beat Hem Heath by seven wickets.

Colin Dearden took 5-52 as Hem Heath closed their innings on 183 for seven, Brian Simms top scoring with 61 not out.

Tom Steele then hit 62 not out, seeing Leek over the line.

Checkley stayed in touching distance of Leek by beating Little Stoke by six wickets at home.

The away side set a total of 185-6 from their 55 overs, Hassan Raza was the mainstay of the innings with 84. Michael Allen (72) was the bedrock of the innings for Checkley as they knocked the runs off in 52 overs.

Cheadle experienced defeat at home when they were unable to defend 188 against Knypersley.

Kevin Cockerton took figures of 4-58 as Cheadle were dismissed with one ball left in the innings. Nayyar Abbas then smashed 79 off 82 balls as Knypersley chased down the total in the 46th over winning by six wickets.

Audley earned 20 points against away at Burslem, victorious by two wickets. The home side posted 179, Kevin Mountford top scoring with 35, Andrew Johnson and Gary Latham both taking three wickets each.

In reply Audley lost wickets at regular intervals but passed the winning line in the 54th over.

Wood Lane could only get the winning draw as they were unable to take the last two wickets against Longton. Wood Lane set the away side 206 to win, Ryan Hassett top scored with 56.

In the second innings Longton finished on 121 for eight, but found themselves 101 for eight but managed to hang on.

Dan Hancock hit 104 to help Porthill Park set up a winning draw against Stone. Hancock was supported by Fahad Masood who smashed a run a ball 75 as Porthill finished on 233 for eight.

Hancock then took 4-72 as Stone held on with two wickets in hand. James Dawson (70) and Richard Harvey (65) putting up the main resistance.

Darwen stuck in their with professional Shaun De Kock top scoring with 73 off 135. John Cordingleys 35 off 54, and Neil Cordingleys 30 off 44 as the hosts ended on 202 for six.

On Sunday, The Lancashire Colts defeated Carnforth by 178 runs, The Colts batted first, as Fayez Ughradar hit 114 off 148, in the Colts first innings total of 267 for four. Their were also runs from Jake Hooson ( 58 off 84 balls) and Adam Holt 79 off 61 balls.

In reply Carnforth were all out for 89, Michael Burns with 5-26 for the Colts.