Meakins ended their run of three defeats by beating Leek

LEEK were hopeful of gaining a result at winless Meakins in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League, but last year's Premier Division runners-up were having none of it.

The Potters ended their run of three defeats with a three-wicket verdict - but they remain bottom of the table.

Alex Mellor (37), Craig Melrose (31no) and Rory Haydon (30) took Leek to 207-9, with Karl High claiming 4-46 for Meakins.

Michael Hill was the thorn in Leek's side as the hosts responded impressively with a winning score of 211-7.

Hill battered seven fours and four sixes in his 73 not out which had Leek well and truly on the ropes in the sweltering conditions.

Peter Wilshaw chipped in with 30 runs to set the ball rolling for Meakins.

Haydon (2-60) and Rory Corden (2-20) toiled in the heat in vain for Leek.

Cheadle remain top of the table, with four wins from four starts to their credit, after their victory away to newly-promoted Burslem by a comfortable 55 runs.

Skipper Craig Smith (65) was Cheadle's inspiration with stands of 69 with Jake Mills and 66 with Andy Coxon for the second and third wicket respectively.

Cheadle ended their innings on 217-8 and then set about dismissing their opponents for 162. Jack Hassall (4-39) and Will Dobbie (3-22) inflicted the majority of the damage.

Checkley are fifth in the table after securing a close victory at Bagnall Norton.

Skipper Andy Carr and Shazad Liaqat turned the game on it's head, after Checkley appeared to on their way to second defeat of the season, having been reduced to 78-9 by their hosts.

It was then that Carr (27no) and Liqat (20no) dug in to steer their side to an unlikely win with just four balls remaining.

Ashcombe Park, having beaten last year's runners-up Meakins at home the previous weekend, were unable to match their proud feat away to champions Porthill Park, but they refused to go down without a fight.

Porthill scraped home by two wickets on 172-8, with Dan Hancock (39), John Hancock (26) and Dan Gibbs (26) their principal scorers.

Gibbs earlier took 4-36 in helping reduce Ashcombe to 170-8.

Ashcombe were well served by Tom Ball (52) and Dave Proffitt (40) in building up their score.

In Division One, a fine all-round performance by Staffordshire's Zen Malik steered Blythe to a 32-runs victory at home to Newcastle & Hartshill.

Malik hit 12 four and nine sixes on his way to an impressive knock of 140 and then had the visitors in a spin with a return of 6-32.

Chris Plant (37) and Chris Dyer (30) gave Malik good support in taking Blythe to 243-3.

Newcastle were all out for 216 in reply, after at one stage being 130-0, before Malik's spin bowling intervened and gave Blythe victory with two overs remaining.

Oakamoor won their Moorlands derby away to Caverswall in Division Two by 23 runs.

After opting to bat first, Oakamoor ran up 172 all out, with Callum Leese (34) their principal contributor, while Jake Edge (3-34) and Sam Barker (3-50) toiled in the heat to keep them at bay.

Mike Dodd (58) led Caverswall's response which ended at 149 all out in the 37th over.

Thomas Hayes claimed 4-25 as Oakamoor made it three wins from four starts and move up to third in the table.


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