North Staffordshire & South Cheshire League, Premier Division
LEEK are in the driving seat to land backto- back titles after beating former pacesetters Checkley by 55 runs.
Second-placed Stone had to settle for a winning draw against Longton and now find themselves 14 points adrift.
Leek captain Gregg Willott chose to bat first on winning the toss after making a close inspection of the wicket.
And his decision was soon vindicated when a decent opening stand of 43 between Alex Mellor and Loedolf Potgieter got Leek off to a good start.
Tim Tweats played brilliantly, scoring 50 from 80 balls, including two 50 run partnerships with Alex Thomson (28) and then with Nadeem Malik (33). Eventually, Tweats was caught in the deep trying to score quick runs in the last over.
Leek lost a couple of late wickets trying to push some extra runs closing on 201-8 off the 55 overs.
Gavin Carr and Jason Brown bowled for Checkley to prevent Leek from getting away with a higher score.
It was then the turn of the Leek bowling unit to show its accuracy, taking four quick wickets as Checkley set about their reply.
The visitors found themselves on 23-4 after Willott (2-41) and Malik (2-25) broke through, before a stand of 60 between Lally (66) and Spasic (5).
Lally batted well and aggressively throughout, teaming up with Dan Knight in a partnership of 39.
Their efforts got Checkley into a position where they needed 80 from the last 20 overs to win.
Leek spinners Adam Thomson (3-20), Tom Steele (2-28) and Paul Hammersley (1-31) then came into the game to strike quickly.
Lally and Knight departed within one run of each other, as Checkley finished on 146 all out from 48 overs.
Leek skipper Greg Willott said: “This was an excellent team display, with everyone playing their part in the win.
“We chose to bat first on winning the toss on a good wicket, which we hoped would move the ball around throughout the game.
“Our aim was to get runs on the board in order to be able to put pressure on with the ball later.”