Eccleshall 1s 165/8 (55ovs) losing draw Meir Heath 297/6 (55ovs) –
Eccleshall 7pts, Meir Heath 14pts

Eccleshall managed to escape with a draw, despite being put to the
sword by Meir Heath.

Meir Heath skipper Tom Edwards won the toss and chose to bat, a
decision that might have been questioned when he was the first wicket
to fall with the score on 23.

And when Jake Heath (21) and Simon Nardo (6) were dismissed at 65-3
Eccleshall looked like they could have been about to turn the screw.

But Austen Crump (97) came together firstly with Will Gallimore (33)
and then Ryan Elwell (65*) to destroy the home side’s attack, until he
holed out three short of a century with the visitors 231 for five.

Elwell and Jason Britton (27*) continued the attack, seeing their side
to a mammoth score of 297.

Yasser Tariq was the pick of the Eccleshall bowlers, as he picked up
five for 139.

The Eccleshall reply got off to a steady start before Tom Boulton fell for 11.

Tariq hit a fluent 38 before he was trapped LBW by Neil Crump (3-41).

Dan Lakin (23) and Jake Derry (20) provided some ressitance after a
flurry of wickets in the hosts middle order.

But Matt Buttery (17*) and Chanaka Ekanayake (10*) safely guided
Eccleshall through to the draw.

Eccleshall 2s 189/7 (55.3ovs) beat Betley 188ao (43.3ovs) – Eccleshall
20pts, Betley 8pts

Eccleshall secured themselves 20 points with a narrow victory away at Betley.

Fielding first, Paul Cox’s side made an early break through as the
skipper struck to remove opener Paul Wilkes (7), but then saw Betley
reach 70 before a couple of wickets brought the visitors back into the
game.

Simon Derry (3-47) and Cox (3-60) both claimed three wickets, but
couldnt stop the basement side from reaching a very competitive 188
all out, Connor Jones top-scored with 41.

Eccleshall’s victory hopes were dented as they slumped to seven for
three, but skipper Cox (30) began the rebuilding process, until he was
trapped lbw.

It took a batting masterclass from James Carruthers (75*) to see the
visitors to victory. Carruthers and Callum Mukerji (18) put on 80 for
the seventh wicket, until Mukerji fell, but Carruthers remained calm
to hit the winning runs with nine balls remaining.

Russell Barker (2-23) and James Hancock (2-30) were the pick of the
Betley bowlers.

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