Cricket: Intriguing games in prospect at both ends of table
THE leading pair and the two strugglers go head-to head in tomorrow's round of Division One fixtures.
Elworth and Leycett are locked on 92 points at the summit ahead of their meeting at London Road.
Elworth overcame a thumping by Whitmore, when they were bowled out for just 29, to see off Meir Heath last weekend.
Yasir Ali's 81 and 3-21 was instrumental to their success on the day.
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Leycett were equally impressive in their home victory over bottom-of-the-table Betley.
All-rounder Ali Khan continued his stunning start to life at Park Terrace by making 86 and then taking 7-26 to help skittle out Betley for 48.
Khan now has 20 wickets in his three matches for Leycett.
Winless Betley will attempt to breathe new life into their campaign when they make the trip to second-from-bottom Barlaston.
Four defeats in six matches has left Betley marooned at the foot of the table and they are already 23 points from safety.
Yassir Tariq's five-wicket haul was a rare bright point for them in last weekend's 132-run defeat.
Barlaston, surprisingly, are also languishing in the lower reaches in their first season back at this level following relegation from the Premier Division.
They have won only one of their six matches and suffered a three-wicket defeat by Norton last Saturday.
Whitmore surrendered the leadership last weekend after their capitulation to 60 all out against Sandyford.
That dropped Lee Johnson's side down to third in the table, although they have the chance to recover when they host Moddershall tomorrow.
Khalid Malik's Modd men, who lie 10th, will have plenty to occupy their minds as they look to counter the threat posed by Raj Kumar and Rob Goatham with the bat and Imran Arif and Raza Hassan with the ball.
Meakins were comprehensive winners against Moddershall last weekend, courtesy of seamers Matt Redican and Dave Edwards sharing nine wickets.
They will be eyeing up back-to-back success when they host Blythe.
The visitors from Cresswell are sixth, but produced a remarkable fightback in their defeat to Silverdale last weekend.
Struggling on 68-9, they recovered to 191 all out as Asif Hussain plundered 151, but still ended up on the losing side.
That success was Silverdale's second since winning promotion and they welcome Norton, who lie one place below them in ninth, to Underwood Road.