Eccleshall 1s 201/8dec (52 ovs) beat Oulton 1s 132ao (36.2 ovs) – Eccleshall 25pts, Oulton 7pts

Eccleshall gained the bragging rights with a 69-run win over local rivals Oulton.

Oulton skipper Dan Colcough won the toss and elected to bowl, in a game that started under grey skies with the threat of rain lurking. And it was a decision that looked even more justified when Eccleshall were reduced to 6-2, as Noel Hunt claimed the wickets of Tom Boulton and Myles Coughlan.

In amongst several brief rain-delays Yasser Tariq (69) and Tom Hibbert (23) rebuilt the innings, before Colclough (3-84) trapped Hibbert lbw.

Jordan Wood hit a brisk 36 before mistiming a pull shot to square leg off the bowling of Ian Whalley, before Whalley bowled Tariq on his way to three for 37.

Jamie Wood (18*) and Cameron Sinclair (26*) helped Eccleshall over the 200-mark before Sinclair called time on his side’s innings.

The visitors reply got off to a poor start, Sinclair bowling Tom Phillips in the first over as the opener misjudged a leave, before Jon Whalley edged to first slip in the second over, off the bowling of Tariq.

Oulton were 4-3 when Tom Spruce was caught at gully, before brother Rob (57) and Karl Harvey (25) began to wrestle back the initiative.

Harvey was out, caught at second slip off Sinclair, before Tariq (4-69) ran through the middle order.

And Rob Spruce’s fluent innings came to an end when he was bowled by Myles Coughlan, who also accounted for Shawn Hunt, before Sinclair dismissed last-man Colcough, to end up with four for 42.

Eccleshall 2s 178/6 (45.1 ovs) beat Rode Park 2s 175ao (48.3 ovs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Rode Park 8pts

Paul Cox’s side continued their assault on Division 2B with another win away at Rode Park.

The home side won the toss and chose to bat, and set about building a good target of 175, Jake Evans top-scoring with 43, supported by Dave Atkinson (22), Jeremy Orme (21) and Matthew Donnelly (24).

Jake Derry 2 for 21 and Dave Robertson 2 for 38 were the pick of the Eccleshall bowlers, whilst they also showed sharpness in the field with three run-outs.

Derry and Andy Parton got the reply off to a good start with 26 and 18 respectively, before a middle-order collapse brought the skipper out to the crease. His unbeaten 61, combined with Jordan Beasley’s 36* saw Eccleshall home.

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