Cricket: Hem Heath eye upturn in fortunes
UNDER-ACHIEVING Hem Heath will be out to improve on their record of just one win in their last five matches when they visit Longton.
The Trentham Lakes side were one of the fancied teams at the outset, but have struggled to find their form and sit third-from-bottom.
Their hosts, however, have struck a rich vein of form, which has sent them up to second place – 29 points adrift of leaders Leek.
Staffordshire all-rounder Craig Barker was in fine form in last week's win at Burslem, picking up his second seven-wicket haul of the campaign.
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Leek bounded back from their first defeat of the season to see off Audley last time out.
Chris Beech and Greg Willott shared seven of the wickets to fall, while Alex Mellor applied the finishing touches to a profitable afternoon.
They make the trip to Moorlands rivals Cheadle, who battled to a draw with Stone last Saturday.
Burslem need an upturn in fortunes after slumping to the foot of the table.
They make the trip to Knypersley, who are slowly clicking into gear and picked up the points at Checkley in their last game.
Rob James set up the win with five wickets, with Paul Goodwin and Phil Dutton seeing them over the line.
Little Stoke notched up their first success by seeing off Hem Heath last weekend and they go in search of back-to-back wins when they entertain Audley.
The visitors – last week excepted – have been in decent form, which has seen them clamber away from the lower reaches.
Porthill Park lie in third place, and they have home advantage against Checkley.
Andy Carr's visitors dropped down the table after their fifth defeat of the season last weekend, but can still look back on a solid first half.
Defending champions Wood Lane are slowly crawling their way up the table and they will be hoping to continue their recent renaissance at Stone.