Match Report v Crewe
Eccleshall 129ao (45.4 overs) lost to Crewe 195/7 (55 overs) – Eccleshall 6pts, Crewe 25pts
Eccleshall firsts slumped to their second defeat of the season, with a disappointing loss at home to strugglers Crewe.
Cameron Sinclair’s men had made a bright start, reducing the visitors to 47 for four at the half way mark, with the skipper himself and Yasser Tariq both claiming two early wickets.
But a patient 67 from Haris Butt and quickfire 30’s from Phil Marsh and Adrian Cockett saw Crewe to 195 for seven from their 55 overs, with Tariq finishing with 3 for 38, and Sinclair 3 for 57.
Eccleshall lost opener Rob Lakin early on, but Tom Hibbert and Myles Coughlan steadied the ship and began scoring freely, until Coughlan was trapped in front for 27.
A flurry of wickets brought wicketkeeper Joe Pelter to the crease, who top-scored with 39 before being caught at slip off the bowling of Jack McIver (5/14).
Before Eccleshall were dismissed for 129.
Eccleshall 80/2 (12 overs) beat Wedgwood 77ao (28.1 overs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Wedgwood 2pts
Paul Cox’s side continued their fantastic start to the season with an emphatic win away at Wedgwood.
Eccleshall came out on top in this battle of last year’s two promoted sides, thanks largely to Matt Buttery’s superb spell of opening bowling, as he ripped the heart out of the Wedgwood line-up to finish with figures of 6 for 36.
Buttery was supported by Jordan Beasley and Dan Lakin, who both claimed two wickets, to dismiss the hosts for 77. Before Jake Derry wasted no time in chasing down the score, cracking 52 off 46 balls, as Eccleshall won inside 12 overs.
Eccleshall 73/1 (9.2 overs) beat Hanford 72/8 (20 overs)
Hanford won the toss and elected to bat, but were restricted to 72 from their 20 overs, thanks to two wickets apiece from Kimany Gregorie, Myles Coughlan and Cameron Sinclair.
Coughlan then smashed 47* as Eccleshall secured their place in the final.
Eccelshall 124/6 (20 overs) lost to Wood Lane 125/5 (17.2 overs)
Rob Lakin (28) and Yasser Tariq (39) set the platform for Eccleshall’s 124/6, with the help of some late scoring from Sam Linney (21), despite Mohammed Irfan’s 4 for 12.
But it wasn’t enough as Steve Brierley scored 51, and with some assistance from Irfan (19) saw Wood Lane home.