Willott steals show for Leek

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League leaders Leek entertained Checkley, winning by four wickets as captain Greg Willott stole the show.

Willott won the toss and ask the visitors to bat first and immediately went on the offensive, leaving Checkley 42 for six.

Karl Alcock staged a minor recovery for the away side, but they were dismissed for 101, Willott finishing with figures of 7-37.

In reply Leek made hard work of the run chase, the game was in the balance with Leek stuttering on 68 for six, but Willott finished unbeaten on 37, supported by Neal Lafford (21 not out).

Second place Longton lost ground on leaders Leek, when they were beaten at home by third place Knypersley.

The away side batted first and looked to be struggling on 13 for three, but Jake Thompson (48) supported by Paul Goodwin (22) and Phil Dutton (24) helped rebuild the innings as they closed on 157 for nine, Craig Barker picked up figures of 5-66.

In reply Longton got off to an equally poor start at 10 for three and their innings never really got going as they were all out for 113, Kevin Cockerton was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4-25.

Longton are now 25 points behind Leek and 17 in front of Knypersley.

Bottom of the league Burslem were comprehensively beaten at home by Wood Lane. The home side were put into bat and were dismissed for 67, Steve Norcup claiming 5-13 for the visitors. Wood Lane reached the target in the 24th over, Ryan Hassett finishing on 35 not out.

Fellow strugglers Audley felt defeat at the hands of Stone as they went down by nine wickets. Audley made slow progress in the first innings as they closed on 116 for eight from 54 overs, Andrew Joynson top scoring with 26.
Stone then made light work of the run chase reaching the target in the 27th over, Luke Cheadle finishing on 62 not out, supported by Phillip Cheadle (40 not out).

In the game of the day Porthill Park came away with a winning draw against Little Stoke, running out of overs only needing two runs to win, with one wicket in hand.

Little Stoke batted first and posted 170 for seven from 51 overs. In the second innings Porthill looked to be in trouble at 32 for four, Fahad Masood (66) and Zach Robinson (48 not out) pulled them to relative safety at 138 for five.

As they inched closer wickets kept falling some of it their own doing with three run outs in the innings. Eventually both sides ran out of overs to claim the victory.

Hem Heath claimed the winning draw against Cheadle as they were unable to pick up the last two wickets. Hem Heath batted first and closed their innings on 172 for eight, Ben Mcquire top scoring with 46 off 37 balls, James Sellers was the pick of the bowlers with 3-48.

In reply Cheadle only had Shaun Jenkinson (63) and Dave Wheeldon (24) who put up resistance against Hem Heath as they finished on 121 for eight, Mcquire and Stephen Pugh both taking four wickets.