CHECKLEY stuffed Porthill Park to stay in the hunt for the North Staffs & South Cheshire Premier Division title.
The Four Trees side blew Park away for just 76, Andy Cooper taking a brilliant 7-42, before chasing down their target in just 32 overs.
The 20 points gained for the win leave Checkley in third spot, with Stone extending their lead over Mike Allen’s men to 13 points after they picked up a maximum 25 points for winning batting first at Burslem.
Second-placed Leek also got a maximum 25 points for their win at home to struggling Audley.
With Wood Lane at home coming up on Saturday, Checkley will be hoping for 25 points themselves to keep in touch with three matches to go.
On Saturday, Allen won the toss and had no hesitation inserting the hosts on a pitch expected to offer help to the seamers.
After reaching 16 without loss, the carnage started as Cooper – leading the attack in the absence of Richard Cooper – took the first six wickets to fall.
Park were reeling on 40-6, with their top batsmen all back in the hutch, including prolific Staffordshire man John Hancock, who has hammered almost 700 runs in the top flight this season.
Rao Ifthikar Anjum regrouped by hitting 22 in a stand of 33 for the seventh wicket with Josh Lowndes, but when he went the innings subsided rapidly, Gavin Carr (3-16) helping to blow away the tail.
Checkley lost Josh Cartledge and Dan Amos rapidly in their reply as they fell to 8-2.
Allen then went for 15 - a rare failure in a superb season for the captain - and Lally for a tortuous one from 19 balls.
But Aussie Danny Spasic (32no) and Dan Knight (20no) took Checkley to their target to keep their title ambitions alive.
CHECKLEY 2nds had a poor weekend, getting a tie against struggling Meir Heath 2nds, before losing in the final of the Talbot Cup.
On Saturday at Four Trees, the second string were all out for 192, Ben Smith top scoring with 34 and Brandon Philpott-Hughes taking 5-18.
Meir Heath were then staring defeat in the face before No10 Chris Mobley crashed 52 from 60 balls before falling with the scores level to end the contest.
Gavin Collett took 4-43, while a sloppy number of extras (43) was crucial.
On Sunday at Kent Hills, Checkley would have fancied chasing down Audley’s 194-9 in 45 overs to win the cup.
Again, they let the tail enders dictate the pace to them as Lewis Kelter (27no) and Gavin Brookes (10no) put on an unbroken 47 for the last wicket.
It proved vital as Checkley fell 10 runs short after a bright start from 49-1 and 129-5 dissolved into 184 all out, Kevin Whitehurst (51) top-scoring.