Eccleshall 1st XI 139/8 (34 overs) winning draw over Bignall End 1st XI 198/9dec (52.4) – Eccleshall 12pts, Bignall End 9pts

An outstanding spell of bowling from Yasser Tariq helped Eccleshall secure a winning draw against Bignall End in a rain-affected fixture at Boon Hill.

Tariq finished with figures of 8 for 81, as the hosts hit 198, after winning the toss and choosing to bat.

Rain showers saw the players leave the field four times, but this did not deter the home side, who raced to 93 for 4 inside of 20 overs, thanks largely to Sohail Zaroof (35) and Muhammad Arshad (54). But Eccleshall got a hold on proceedings and slowed the rate in the middle overs, forcing the declaration to come much later than it might have come at one stage.

Set an unlikely 199 to win from 34 overs, Eccleshall began patiently, with opener Tom Hibbert making 30, but in an effort to up the rate and secure the winning draw Eccleshall lost wickets. Wicket-keeper Rob Lakin responded with a quick-fire 25 whilst skipper Cameron Sinclair smashed 41 not out to see his side past the 127 runs required for the extra five points.

Eccleshall 2nd XI 82/3 (23.5 Overs) beat Bignall End 79 ao (26.4 Overs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Bignall End 2pts

Meanwhile, Eccleshall Two’s showed that they are comfortable with life in Division Two, making it two wins from two, with a convincing win over Bignall End.

Skipper Paul Cox won the toss, chose to bowl, and quickly set about the Bignall End line-up. The skipper helped himself to three wickets (3-31), but it was Matt Buttery who stole the show taking 5 for 14, whilst Chanaka Ekanayake took 2 for 4.

And it was Buttery who lead the run-chase, making 37 not out, with Jake Derry, Andy Parton and Andy Greaves all making double figures to secure the points for the home side.

Eccleshall 2nd XI 72 ao (30.5 overs) lost to Bignall End 2nd XI 76/1 (15.1 overs)

Bignall End exacted their revenge on Eccleshall’s emphatic victory from the previous day by delivering a thumping victory of their own to move into the second round of the Talbot Shield.

Eccleshall were dismissed for a paltry 72, with only three batsman making double figures, as Sajid Hussain finished with figures of 5 for 27. Before the visitors knocked off the runs in double quick time, as both John Maskrey and Mohammed Razaq both scored 27 not out.

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