Eccleshall 1sts 180 ao (48 overs) losing draw Leycett 1sts 118/5 (30.2 overs) – Eccleshall 6pts, Leycett 12pts

Bad light helped Eccleshall maintain their unbeaten start to the season, with a winning draw at home to Leycett.

After losing the toss, the home side were asked to bat, but despite losing opener Tom Boulton early on Eccleshall raced to 65 inside 12 overs despite light drizzle which eventually lead the players to the sanctuary of the dressing room.

But on the resumption of play, the introduction of former Sri Lankan test player, Prasanna Jayawardene into the attack saw a breakthrough, as Myles Coughlan played on after making a fluent 29.

Yasser Tariq joined opener Tom Hibbert, who made a patient 36 before leading edge saw him fall victim to Andrew Cooper. That dismissal lead to a mini collapse from the home side, who lost four wickets for three runs, with Tariq stranded at the non-strikers end, as Jayawardene benefitted from the wet pitch.

The players again left the field as the ever-present rain got heavier, and following an early tea Rob Lakin and Tariq launched a counter attack to take Eccleshall past 150. And Joe Pelter remained unbeaten on 26* as Eccleshall were dismissed for 180, with Jayawardene finishing with seven wickets.

Tariq struck early with the score on 16, before Martin Mason hit a quickfire 26 but was out skying a catch to Cameron Sinclair off Tariq’s bowling. Kimany Gregorie took 2 for 41, and Tariq claimed a third wicket before the umpires called a halt to proceedings because of the fading light.

Eccleshall 2nds 111/2 (16 overs) beat Leycett 2nds 110/5 (23 overs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Leycett 3pts

Paul Cox’s men made it three wins from three as they triumphed in a rain-affected fixture at Leycett.

The weather kept the sides from the field until 4pm, and with the game reduced to 23 overs aside, Cox won the toss and chose to bowl.

Leycett finished 110 for 5 from their 23 overs, with skipper Ian Boulton hitting 36, whilst Dan Lakin and Chanaka Ekanayake both took two wickets.

Eccleshall only took 16 overs to chase down the score, as Jake Derry fell a run short of a half-century and Matt Buttery remained unbeaten on 41.

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