CHECKLEY beat Burslem at Four Trees to end the 2013 season on a high note.
Mike Allen’s side comfortably got home against the Stoke outfit after a solid all-round display with bat and ball.
Allen won the toss and elected to bat with rain clouds around.
Nick Hunt and Josh Cartledge made a solid start with a partnership of 45 for the first wicket before Cartledge was caught by Burslem’s South African prospect Joshua Pieters.
Hunt (41) and Allen (64) then put on 79 for the second wicket before Hunt fell to Pieters.
Dan Knight came and went quickly before Allen departed after another superb half-century, his innings taking just 83 balls.
Wicket-keeper Kurtis Lally blazed 31 in 34 balls to take Checkley to 222-5 from their 55 overs, Andy Carr finishing 24 not out.
Michael Brown (3-78) was expensive for Burslem but finished as top wicket-taker.
After tea, Checkley soon had Burslem in trouble on 49-4 as Jason Brown (2-64) and Andrew Cooper (2-33) struck.
Brown (39 off 56 balls) and Pieters (66 off 73 balls) rebuilt before Ben Hazelgrave (2-34) removed the former and Mohammed Zeeshan for a duck.
At 98-6 Burslem were in deep trouble but Pieters and Ateeq Khan (17) went on the attack with a stand of 57 in rapid time.
But when Khan went, stumped by Lally off the bowling of Hunt (2-5), the end was in sight.
Pieters then went trying to hit Gavin Carr (2-27) and the innings was rapidly wrapped up with more than 10 overs to spare.
The 25 points ensured Checkley finished in third spot, ahead of Longton and Knypersley.
LEEK clinched back-to-back titles with a winning draw against Knypersley.
Former county player Nadeem Malik (50no) hit an unbeaten half century as Leek posted 197-5 from their allotted overs.
In reply, Knypersley got off to a terrible start, falling to 31-5, but Tom Edwards’ 84 rescued his side as they closed their innings on 128-6, while Greg Willott collected 3-13 from 15 overs. The winning draw was enough for Leek to defend their title, finishing two points clear of Stone.
Stone did all they could, picking up maximum points away at relegated Audley winning by 92 runs.
The visitors declared after 49.3 overs with the score on 223-7, James Dawson top scoring with 82, while Andrew Johnson was the pick of the bowlers for Audley with figures of 4-52.
In the second innings Dries Nell took 8-37 as Audley were dismissed for 131 inside 41 overs, their relegation being confirmed as Burslem picked up seven points.