Leek seconds are on the up after securing promotion from NSSCL Division Five.
The Moorlanders clinched a top-two spot with a five-wicket home victory over Sandon – and will look to net the title this weekend.
Sandon were bowled out for 114 at Highfield as Brad Grindey, Joel Bayley and Tim Tweats all took two wickets. Alen Alex top-scored with 26.
Steve Greatholder and Matt Smith replied with doubles of their own, but Ollie Mellor’s unbeaten 41 and 32 from Matt Nicholls saw Leek home.
Moddershall & Oulton fourths are in second despite losing to Ashcombe Park, who are third and eight points behind.
Nick Goodwin (43) Steve Proffitt (42) and Max Hill (31) were in fine form to help Ashcombe Park to 185-5 Tharaka Jayawardane then made 23 with the bat, but Hill’s 3-12, allied to two wickets apiece from Chris Jenkins, Aidan Derbyshire and Joe Alcock, left the Modd men all out for 79.
Woore missed their chance to close the gap to the top two after being beaten at Meakins thirds.
Woore, who are fourth and 14 points shy of a promotion place, posted 164-8 on their road trip. Hassan Haleem anchored matters with 81, which contained seven fours and three sixes.
Meakins rose to the challenge, though, and clinched a seven-wicket triumph to boost their chances of staying up.
Raqeeb Murad compiled 101, hitting 13 fours and four sixes, to leave the second-from-bottom hosts just two points from salvation.
Blythe seconds are now looking over their should after losing to Little Stoke.
Little Stoke amassed 205-8 thanks to Finley Simms 82 and 63 from Darren Irving.
Thomas Simcock and Mark Stanyer finished with 3-34 and 3-38 respectively.
Almas Shirzad (50) and Simcock (34) fronted the Blythe reply, but Simms’ 4-21 saw them limited to 160-8.
Bottom-of-the-table Whitmore suffered another loss as they were beaten at Alsager.
Alsager seized control by reaching 189-6, thanks to Pierce Pickford’s unbeaten 73. Toby Farrington grabbed 7-14 – and Cameron Eden added 3-8 – as Whitmore were skittled for 48 after tea.
Knypersley beat Caverswall by eight wickets. Lewis Wright’s 32 was the top score in Caverswall’s 114-9. Rob Whilding took 3-10 and James Leese added 3-13.
Mitchell Edwards then made 87 to lead Knype to victory.