Weston 1st XI 211/8 (55 overs) winning draw over Eccleshall 1st XI 209/9 (55 Overs) – Weston 13pts, Eccleshall 9pts
Eccleshall began their season with a last ball thriller at home to Weston. Set 212 to win, Cameron Sinclair’s men found themselves 209/9 with one ball to go, but with all three results possible the skipper faced a dot ball, seeing his side take nine points.
Weston captain Martin Dawson won the toss and chose to bat, and saw his side race to 30 before he was trapped lbw by Yasser Tariq, who then repeated the trick to account for fellow opener James Rowland for 23.
New Zealander Braden Gardner (75) and Philip Stockton (55) then came together to put on 114 for the third wicket before Tariq dismissed both men on his way to recording figures of 5 for 66.
Sinclair claimed three late wickets, finishing with figures of 3 for 46.
The reply didn’t start well for the hosts, as Tom Hibbert was trapped lbw for a duck by Stockton. But Tom Boulton (22) and Myles Coughlan (52) steadied the ship before Boulton became the first victim of Dawson (5-43).
That dismissal sparked a collapse, but Rob Lakin (27) and Jamie Wood (25) gave Eccleshall hope, although the last wicket partnership fell just short of victory.
Eccleshall 2nd XI 193ao (43 overs) beat Weston 2nd XI 158ao (49 overs) – Eccleshall 25pts, Weston 9pts
It was better news for Eccleshall Second XI at Weston as they secured the maximum 25 points, thanks to a 35-run victory.
Skipper Paul Cox won the toss and chose to bat, and saw his side rack up 193, thanks to Jake Derry’s 87 and Cox himself with 40.
Eccleshall then achieved the rare feat of ten bowled dismissals, as they had the hosts 158 all out thanks to Dan Lakin’s 5 for 34 and Derry’s 3 for 22.