HOSTS Meakins took the initiative in a rain-interrupted fixture against NSSCL Premier leaders Little Stoke on Saturday.
Meakins declared on 202-5 from 32.3 overs with Peter Wilshaw making an unbeaten 83 from just 62 balls. Rob King was the pick of the Little Stoke bowlers with 2-47.
The rain-delayed reply eventually got underway but the visitors lost early wickets as they reached 33-3 with Kay, Steel and King all falling victim to the impressive Dave Edwards.
However, Richard Adams (25), Dan Richardson (26) and James Ecclestone with 36 were amongst the runs as Little Stoke fought hard to reach 126-7 when bad light brought proceedings to a close leaving Meakins to take the winning draw.
Little Stoke remain on top of the table on the same points as Stone, who visit the Sid Jenkins Ground on Saturday for what should be an appetising top of the table clash (1pm).
In Premier B, Little Stoke seconds entertained local rivals Stafford and, after the loss of two early wickets, Stafford recovered well and at 72-2 looked likely to post a challenging total.
However, the Little Stoke bowling attack began to dent the middle order, removing Smallman (41), Mason(36) and Ekanayake (14) as Greg Walley claimed 4-51 to leave the visitors on 126-6 after their 46 overs.
The Little Stoke response was difficult at times as Stafford claimed four of the top six batsmen for just 13 runs.
However, opener Harvey Collins showed great form eventually falling to a Harry Jones catch just five short of his half-century.
Billy Thorley picked up where Collins left off as he took his side to the brink of victory with an excellent 42 before being caught in the deep . It was left to Josh Renshaw to hit the winning runs with just two balls remaining to seal a fine win for the home side.