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Champions continue to struggle

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 09, 2014

The Leek CC Select XI which beat the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League Development XI by one wicket at Highfield on Sunday. Back row (from left) Brian Tatton (chairman of selectors), Akha Butt, Richard Ogden, Chris Beech, Josh Hudson, Nadim Malik and Bassett Mahmood. Front row, Ade Mahmood, Jean Roussouw, Dave Fowler-Hill, Lew Moulton, Abeed Akhtar.

The Leek CC Select XI which beat the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League Development XI by one wicket at Highfield on Sunday. Back row (from left) Brian Tatton (chairman of selectors), Akha Butt, Richard Ogden, Chris Beech, Josh Hudson, Nadim Malik and Bassett Mahmood. Front row, Ade Mahmood, Jean Roussouw, Dave Fowler-Hill, Lew Moulton, Abeed Akhtar.

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North Staffordshire & South Cheshire League, Premier Division

Defending champions Leek's struggle to hit a winning sequence continued at home to Porthill Park on Saturday.

Porthill very nearly snatched a dramatic victory, falling just six runs short of their target after a tense final over at Highfield.

Instead, Leek were able to claim a winning draw with their score of 195-8.

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Club professional Nadim Malik (49), Greg Willott (46no) and Tim Tweats (40) were the principal run-makers for Leek.

Rao Ifthikar Anjum returned 5-57 and then went on to make an unbeaten 79 for the visitors.

But Anjum's outstanding all-round contribution was all in vain as Porthill stood on 190-7 when stumps were drawn.

Leek Moorlands had Dan Fowler-Hill to thank for their comfortable victory at Hanford.

The youngster smashed 68 runs as the visitors rattled up 149 all out.

Nick Bailey (3-13) and Matt Bowcock (4-15) then proceeded to take the Hanford batting line-up apart, with the hosts finally being skittled out for just 79. Stone continue to head the table after their three-wicket victory over Checkley, for whom Nick Hunt scored a half-century.

A Leek 1st XI potted £200 from a sporting challenge to beat a North Staffs & South Cheshire League Development Squad XI.

Victory was achieved by one wicket by a Leek side containing a sprinkling of young talent.

Regular first teamers Greg Willott, Alex Mellor and Adam Thomson were unavailable, as they were wanted by Staffordshire for the Unicorns Championship clash with Northumberland at West Bromwich Dartmouth.

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