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North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League Premier Division

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 23, 2014

Left, Alex Mellor top-scored for Leek against Moorlands rivals Checkley.

Left, Alex Mellor top-scored for Leek against Moorlands rivals Checkley.

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LEEK secured an overdue five-wicket victory at the expense of their Moorlands rivals Checkley at Highfield on Saturday.

On a day which saw local cricket badly affected by rain, Leek eased themselves clear of the relegation zone with 20 much-needed points.

Leek professional Nadeem Malik's five wickets at a modest cost of 36 runs helped to restrict Checkley to 110-7.

Danny Spasic spared the visitors humiliation with a knock of 44 from his side's 35 overs.

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Leek seized the chance to inflict more misery on their rivals as they knocked off the required runs for victory in 28.1 overs, thanks to solid contributions from Staffordshire county team mates Alex Mellor (47) and Alex Thomson (27 not out).

Stone remain 28 points clear at the top of the table, despite being held by struggling Wood Lane, after second-placed Knypersley failed to get the better of visitors Porthill Park in a thrilling contest.

It was only the perseverance of the Tunstall Road ground staff that enabled the game to go ahead.

Knypersley were bundled out for a pitiful 96 after play eventually started late in the afternoon.

Nayar Abbas made 30 for the hosts, but Rao Ifthikar Anjum (7-47) and John Hancock (3-19) left Porthill with a great chance of winning.

The visitors were afforded 20 overs for the run chase but despite their best efforts, they closed on 92-7. Hancock and Ryan Hassett struck 20 runs apiece. Abbas (6-22) tried in vain to win Knypersley the extra points that would have closed the gap on the leaders.

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