Moorlands teams are tops in the North Staffs and South Cheshire League

FOUR teams from the Staffordshire Moorlands are topping four of the eight divisions of the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire League as the cricket season enters its final weeks.

They are Blythe (Division One), Checkley 2nds (Division Four), Cheadle 2nds (Division Five) andf Leek 2nds (Division Six), who underline the strength in depth of cricketing talent in the district.

Village team Leigh, only just over the Moorlands border in East Staffordshire, are top of Division Eight.

Blythe need only to collect some points from their visit to Moorlands rivals Caverswall today to seal promotion to the Premier Division, while a victory would make them strong favourites to claim the title on their way up to the top flight.

Ashcombe Park can cement themselves into another season in the Premier Division by winning away to second-from-bottom Audley. They gained a confidence-boosting comfortable victory over Longton last weekend.

With Ashcombe safe would see four teams from the Moorlands in the Premier Division next summer – providing Checkley, who aren’t quite assured of dropping down into Division One just yet, can repeat the form which saw them sensationally beat second placed Meakins last week.

Checkley are at home to Hem Heath today, while Leek, for whom the Premier Division title now looks beyond them, still have a chance of snatching away runners-up honours from Meakins. Alex Thomson’s side should collect maximum points from their trip to bottom club Betley.

It all points to another interesting day of cricket involving teams from the Moorlands district.