North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Cricket League
MATCHES involving the top teams in the Premier Division were abandoned on Saturday because of the weather.
It was particularly frustrating for thirdplaced Checkley, who were keen to regain pole position following their heavy defeat at Knypersley the previous weekend.
They had Hem Heath hanging on at 19- 2, after running up 199-3, before the rain intervened.
Skipper Michael Allen led the Checkley runs charge with 76, backed up by Daniel Spasic (51 not out) and Kurtis Lally (35 not out), who figured in an unbeaten 131-run partnership.
The clash between new joint leaders Stone and Leek was brought to a halt with the latter on 40-1 after their hosts had run up 226-5 declared.
Big hitters David Womble (85) and Luke Cheadle (74) set Leek a tall order, despite the concerted efforts of Staffordshire county all-rounder Greg Willott (3-62).
Fifth-placed Knypersley closed their innings on 169-6 against Longton, thanks to solid contributions from Phil Dutton (39 not out) and Jonathon Cumberbatch (41) but the weather had the last say with their opponents on 2-0.
Pakistan all-rounder claimed the honours for Ashcombe Park in their fourwicket defeat of Betley in Division One.
Haider took 5-29 as Betley collapsed to 91 all out, with Josh Johnson (3-23) also playing his part. Haider then hit 30 runs as Ashcombe wobbled somewhat to 93-6 in reply.
Faisal Irfan Butt collected five Ashcombe wickets for 48 runs.
Cheadle’s encounter with Sandyford ended drawn after they were dismissed for 104, Darren Plant (49 not out) top scoring and Sohail Rauf taking 6-42.
Sandyford replied with 19-3.