Eccleshall 1s 195/8 (60ovs) losing draw Oulton 268ao (51.1ovs) – Eccleshall 10pts, Oulton 14pts

Eccleshall managed to negotiate a nervy last few overs to escape from Oulton with a creditable losing draw.

Having won the toss and chosen to bat, Oulton went after the Eccleshall attack, with opener Andy Wood plundering a 44-ball 66, that included seven fours and four sixes, until he was trapped lbw by Matt Buttery.

Yasser Tariq accounted for both Tom and Rob Spruce, having the brothers caught in the ring, on his way to two for 96. But Jono Walley remained at the crease, as the opener scored a patient 54, before being caught off the bowling of Jack Boulton.

Shawn Hunt (48) and Karl Harvey (35) saw the hosts past the 200-mark before Myles Coughlan (2-49) accounted for them both. And then Eccleshall skipper Cameron Sinclair removed the lower-order, finishing with four for 50, as Oulton were bowled out for 268.

The Eccleshall reply got off to a good start, as the visitors reached 66 before Tom Hibbert (22) was trapped lbw by Dan Colclough (3-60), who then had Myles Coughlan (13) caught.

Jack Boulton made his way to 58 before being bowled by Tom Spruce (3-30).

Tariq, was providing the support for the Eccleshall innings, compiling a patient 45 from 110 balls, and he received support from Joe Pelter (27), but when Pelter was dismissed it led to a mini-collapse of the Eccleshall lower order, leaving last-man Craig Sinclair (4*) to survive 15-balls to save the game.

Eccleshall 2s 135/9 (50ovs) beat Rode Park 95ao (34.4ovs) – Eccleshall 25pts, Rode Park 5pts

Paul Cox’s side took their title charge into the last game by securing maximum points at home to Rode Park.

The hosts won the toss and chose to bat, making 135 for nine on a tough wicket. Skipper Cox top scored with 56, as Andy Parton (21) and Jake Derry (16) were the only other men to make double figures.

Adam Donnelly was the pick of the attack taking five for 50 and Andrew Frost four for 48.

Jake Derry then took five for 21, as the Rode Park reply fell short, Luke Blanchard top-scoring with 26, with Simon Derry claiming two for one and Cox two for 45.

Eccleshall go into their last game trailing leaders Bignall End by five points.

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