Title challengers Leek in top-of-the-table clash with leaders Porthill Park

PREMIER Division leaders Porthill Park and second placed Leek go head-to-head in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League tomorrow (Saturday).

Leek will be seeking revenge for a six-wicket home defeat by the defending champions at the beginning of June, when they were dismissed for just 77 runs.

Alex Thomson’s side gained some compensation for that embarrassing reverse, when they knocked Porthill out of the Talbot Cup at the semi-final stage a few weeks ago.

The return clash sees Leek desperate to cut back on Porthill’s 27-point lead at the top, in order to keep their own title aspirations alive.

Porthill have suffered just one defeat in 17 league outings – a seven wickets to loss to Whitmore last month, in a game which produced 466 runs.

Meakins will be wishing Leek well tomorrow, as the Potters are still firmly in the title race, lying just a point below the Moorlanders in third spot.

At the other end of the table, Ashcombe Park face a difficult task at Whitmore, as they step up their fight to avoid relegation, while the division’s other Moorlands representatives, Checkley, will welcome mid-table Stone to their Four Trees ground.

Porthill Park will face Wolverhampton in the Staffordshire Cup final on Sunday.

Pictured: Leek captain Alex Thomson.