Eccleshall 1st XI 240/7 (55 Overs) lost to Endon 241/6 (54.2ovs) – Eccleshall 8pts, Endon 20pts

Eccleshall suffered their first defeat of the season thanks to a brilliant century from Endon batsman Alex Bailey.

Bailey hit 108, and shared an opening stand of 160 with Will Weston (53) as they chased down their 241-run target.

After losing the toss and being invited to bat, Cameron Sinclair’s side got off to a bad start, as opener Tom Boulton was trapped lbw in the first over. But Tom Hibbert and Myles Coughlan tore into the Endon attack, to bring up the 100 inside 18 overs.

But with Myles Coughlan seemingly well-placed on 63 from 50 balls, the introduction of left-armer Chris Jenkins brought about a rare loose shot from Coughlan as he gifted a catch to mid-on.

Jenkins then accounted for Yasser Tariq, as Hibbert and Joe Pelter (33) came together to put on 42 before Hibbert was dismissed for 63, when a leading edge found the grateful hands of mid-wicket.

Sinclair and Chanaka Ekanayake gave the innings some late impetuous with 20* and 19* respectively to see Eccleshall close on 240 for 7, as Jenkins finished with six wickets.

The Endon response began well as Bailey and Weston made the most of batsman friendly conditions to disrupt the rhythm of the Eccleshall openers.

Sinclair rotated his bowlers in the hoping of finding the breakthrough as the partnership passed 100, and it was the off-spin of Coughlan that tempted Weston to pick out Hibbert at mid-wicket.

Bailey looked like he might have been out on 97 following an excellent take from Joe Pelter down the leg-side, but the umpire decided that he had hit the ground rather than the ball, and he went on to bring up his hundred the following ball.

But he was finally out when Tariq had him caught behind for 108. Another three quick-wickets from Tariq looked to give the hosts hope, but 35 from Jordan Weaver and 17* from Joshua Tittensor saw the visitors home.

Eccleshall 2nd XI 184/6 (48.4 overs) beat Endon 2nd XI 181/8 (50 overs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Endon 8pts

Paul Cox’s men continued their fine start to the season, with a fourth win from five away at Endon.

Winning the toss and choosing to bowl, Eccleshall found resistance in the form of openers Ed Bateman (30) and Matt Gidman (25).

But the introduction of Dan Lakin into the attack soon put an end to that, as the leg spinner bagged himself five wickets.

The hosts finished on 181 for 6, thanks largely to an unbeaten 60 from Phil Rowley.

In reply, opener Jake Derry hit a stylish 44, and was supported by Jamie Wood (25) and John Ecclestone (20), but it was Lakin who again stole the show, his 43 not out helping Eccleshall to reach their target with less than two overs to go.

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