THE ODDS of Leek topping the Premier Division of the North Staffs & South Cheshire Cricket League for a third successive time are now heavily stacked against them.
But the championship trophy could still remain in the Staffordshire Moorlands if Knypersley can maintain their momentum, with the 2014 season about to reach the halfway stage.
Knypersley are just 17 points adrift of the league leaders Stone, who they meet away this weekend.
Stone were slightly fortunate to gain a winning draw away to Leek on Saturday, where the hosts paid the price for a slow run rate.
Meanwhile, Knypersley were playing out an entertaining draw with star-studded Meakins at Tunstall Road.
Staffordshire county batsman Peter Wilshaw's 68 enabled Meakins to notch up 183 all out, with Knypersley professional Nayyar Abbas picking up 6-73 and Dan Ball claiming 3-39.
Half centuries from Abbas (62) and Staffordshire skipper Paul Goodwin (56) put Knypersley on course for victory, only for them to stumble with the finishing line in sight.
Knypersley required 58 from the last 13 overs, which became 24 from four, but Meakins fought back to deny their hosts.
Matthew Redican was Meakins' star man, taking 6-57, to see Knypersley close on 172-9.
In Division One, Ashcombe Park gained a much-needed win away to Silverdale, where 16-year-old Aidan Derbyshire claimed a hat-trick of wickets and Pakistan professional Rizwan Haider scored a century for the visitors.
Cheadle remain bottom of the table after their trip to Sandyford ended in a 57-run defeat. The visitors were skittled out for just 99 runs after dismissing Sandyford for 156.