Eccleshall 1s 148ao (47.2 overs) beat by Alsager 1s 152/6 (45.4 overs) – Eccleshall 6pts, Alsager 20pts

Eccleshall continued their poor run of form with a disappointing loss away at Alsager.

The home side won the toss and elected to field, a move that paid early dividends when Tom Hibbert edged behind. Myles Coughlan was then trapped lbw before Simon Howland was bowled to leave Eccleshall 30 for 3.

And it got worse for Cameron Sinclair’s men as Joe Pelter, Sam Linney and Rob Lakin were all bowled with the score on 56.

Yasser Tariq held the innings together with a fluent 68* but regular wickets, bar a quick cameo from Jordan Wood (18 from 10 balls), saw Eccleshall fall to 148 all out.

In reply Sinclair took a return catch to dismiss Alsager captain Ollie Sadler early on before Tariq trapped Sean Price lbw. But Ashley Shaw (32) and Paul Pickford (44) shared a stand of 57 for the third wicket before Tariq trapped Shaw lbw.

That dismissal sparked a flurry of wickets but Adrian butler (10) and Chris Greenhaigh (28) saw the hosts home, with Tariq taking four for 64.

Eccleshall 2s 184/7 (53.5 overs) beat Alsager 2s 182ao (47.5 overs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Alsager 8pts

It was a different story for Eccleshall seconds however as they continued their march at the top of Division 2B, this time seeing off Alsager.

Two wickets apiece from Jamie Wood, Chanaka Ekanayake, Dan Lakin and Si Derry dismissed Alsager for 182 after Paul Cox won the toss and elected to field. Alsager opener carrying his bat for 84*.

Tom Boulton anchored the chase with a patient 78, and was ably supported by Wood (42) and Cox (34*), as Eccleshall reached their target in 53.5 overs, Alsager bowler Chris McKeown claiming four for 31.

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