LEEK captain Alex Thomson got the better of his club mate Wayne White when the two came face to face in the Unicorns Knockout Trophy clash between Staffordshire and Cheshire at Knypersley on Sunday.
Former Leicestershire all-rounder White, who has joined Leek in the North Staffs and South Cheshire Premier Division this season, was bowled by off-spinner Thomson, pictured left, without scoring.
White was earlier the pick of the Cheshire bowlers, taking 6-37, as Staffordshire struggled to get runs on the board.
It needed an unbroken new 10th wicket partnership of 100 between former Leek skipper Greg Willott (48no) – now with Bagnall Norton – and Meakins Karl High (50no) to get Staffordshire out of trouble.
Cheshire looked set for a victory after Staffordshire plunged to 129-9 in the 29th over, before the two tailenders came to the rescue and moved the host county to 229-9 at the close.
Cheshire were all out for 174 in 43.4 overs making their reply, with Willott (1-26) and Thomson (1-32) each claiming a precious wicket.
This win earns Staffordshire a home quarter-final tie against Norfolk at Longton on Sunday, June 11.