CHECKLEY'S winless run went on as their battle to avoid relegation from the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Premier Division took another blow in defeat to title-chasing Knypersley at Four Trees.
The hosts looked like they might hang on for a draw as their visitors left it late to bank their seventh win of the season, claiming the final Checkley wicket with only two balls to spare.
Knypersley had earlier posted 156-6 from their 55 overs, centred around opener Dan Ball's 88.
He hit 15 fours, but only Tom Edwards (19) and Phil Dutton (18) were able to reach double figures in support.
Checkley spinner Iftikhar Asghar (3-48) and seamer Richard Cooper (3-71) kept the visitors' progress in check.
However, in reply, once Josh Cartledge (23) was dismissed in reply, they were in trouble on 49-5.
Dan Knight (36), Cooper (24no) and Ben Motley (23) managed to revive their side's fortunes, but with the total on 151 – and the final over underway – spinner Nayyar Abbas accounted for David Glanville to wrap up a five-run win for Knypersley.
Abbas finished with figures of 6-54.
With leaders Stone being held to a draw by Longton, second-placed Knypersley cut the gap to 16 points in the race for the championship.
However, Checkley are still hovering just outside the drop zone, with fellow strugglers Wood Lane and Burslem unable to close the gap.