Eccleshall 1s 136/6 (39.4 ovs) beat Caverswall 1s 135ao (50.1 ovs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Caverswall 6pts

Eccleshall made it back-to-back wins, with an efficient performance to see off Caverswall.

Cameron Sinclair lost the toss and was asked to field, and immediately saw his side up against it. Caverswall’s opening pair of Australian Shane McNamara (30) and Jake Edge getting their side off to a flying start, before Sinclair and Yasser Tariq managed to wrestle back some control, as the skipper removed the Aussie.

But it was the introduction of Jordan Wood that proved decisive, as he, and Tariq (3-62) restricted the hosts scoring and took regular wickets to dismiss Caverswall for 135.

Jordan Wood has Caverswall in a spin
Jordan Wood has Caverswall in a spin

Wood finishing with four for 20 from his 14.1 overs, with two run outs also coming from his bowling, including a sharp bit of work from Myles Coughlan to run out the resilient Edge for 55.

Caverswall needed early wickets if they were to have any chance of defending the below par score, and that is exactly what they got. Josh Need ran out Jamie Wood at the non-strikers end in the first over, and then Marlon Martin(3-44) drew an edge from Coughlan, that was acrobatically caught by Ashley Kent at second slip.

But Tariq (58) came together with Tom Hibbert (30) to build a steady third-wicket partnership of 86, to extinguish any hopes that the hosts had of victory. Although a three-wicket burst for just two runs gave a feint glimpse of optimism until Sam Linney (11*) and Rob Lakin (10*) saw Eccleshall home.

Sam Linney sees Eccleshall over the line
Sam Linney sees Eccleshall over the line

Eccleshall 2s 107ao (40.4 ovs) lost to Leek 2s 150ao (47.4 ovs) – Eccleshall 7pts, Leek 25pts

Eccleshall seconds slipped to only their second defeat of the season, as they succumbed at home to Leek.

Paul Cox won the toss and chose to bowl, and immediately set about the Leek batsman by claiming the first three wickets. Father and son Simon and Jake Derry dealt with the rest of the order, to finish with four for 9 and three for 32 respectively. As Adeel Khalid made 45 to help the visitors to 150 all out.

However Leek had no intention of becoming Eccleshall’s ninth victims of the season, as Colin Dearden ripped through the top order, claiming five for 39, and Paul Hammersley took three for 38 to dismiss the hosts for 107, Dan Lakin top scoring with 46.