LEEK'S title defence in the North Staffs & South Cheshire League Premier Division is progressively turning into a relegation battle.
Yet again, Leek failed to register a win on Saturday, when they travelled to Knypersley – one of the teams looking likely to snatch their crown.
The latter are currently in second place, only 18 points adrift of league leaders Stone, after claiming a match-winning draw against their Moorlands neighbours.
Nayyar Abbas (54), Jake Thompson (54), Paul Goodwin (50) and Tom Edwards (38) all impressed in Knypersley's total of 236-4.
However, the rain hampered their efforts to dismiss Leek, who were 96-7 after 38 overs when stumps were drawn.
Alex Mellor made 50 for Leek, while Staffordshire county team-mate Dan Cumming picked up 4-42 for the opposition.
Leek have registered just two league wins so far this season and find themselves lying fourth from the bottom of the table.
The alarm bells aren't ringing at Highfield just yet, but Leek supporters can be forgiven for beginning to feel a little anxious.
Leek face a 'must win' situation this Saturday when fellow strugglers Checkley are the visitors.
Checkley are just three points below Leek and will be keen to complete a prized double, having beaten their hosts by three wickets in the corresponding fixture at Four Trees in May.