Weston 1s 132/7 (35.3 overs) beat Eccleshall 1s 129ao (52.3 overs) – Weston 20pts, Eccleshall 6pts
A disappointing batting display saw Eccleshall slump to an opening day defeat on the road at Cheshire side Weston.
Having lost the toss and being asked to bat, Cameron Sinclair saw his side collapse from 40-2 to 129 all out, with only three other batsman joining the skipper in reaching double figures, debutant Dave Freeman top scoring with 39.
James Littlewood was the pick of the Weston attack, claiming 4-23, with Phil Stockton picking up 3-44.
Weston chased down the target in just over 35 overs. Opener Scott Buredkin top scoring with 34 before he was run out by Kiwi Braden Gardner.
Gardner claimed 3-36 for the visitors against his former club, but Stockton (27) and Phil Marsh (22) saw their side most of the way home.
Eccleshall 2s 132ao (41.2 overs) lost to Cheadle 2s 133/6 (33.5 overs) – Eccleshall 6pts, Cheadle 20pts
Jake Derry’s side suffered a defeat in their first game in Division Five at home to Cheadle.
After losing both openers without scoring, Eccleshall were grateful to Derry (20), Chris Gask (16) and Paul Cox (37) for beginning a fight-back, before James Jackson tore through the lower order on his way to 5-33. With only Tom Rough (19) offering any resistance.
In reply Harry Degg top scored with an unbeaten 37, and was supported by Jonathan Clowes (29) as Cheadle reached their target with four wickets in hand. David Robertson, James Carruthers and Simon Derry each claiming two wickets apiece.
Eccleshall 1s 181/5 (32.4 overs) beat Hem Heath 2s 180ao (41.5 overs)
Eccleshall progressed into the second round of the Talbot Cup with what eventually turned out to be a comfortable win over Hem Heath Forsbrook.
Skipper Cameron Sinclair won the toss and chose to bowl, but saw Hem Heath’s openers Nick Wild (36) and Ben Pugh (31) get their side off to a flying start, until James Carruthers (1-29) accounted for Pugh.
But it was the introduction of spinners Myles Coughlan (1-26) and Zain Shah (4-39) that turned the game in the home side’s favour, with regular wickets helping to slow the run rate. Corey Ogle (53) top scored for his side, and was finally run out in the final over.
Zain Shah was unable to replicate his bowling exploits with the bat as he was bowled by Tom Hodson for 6, but Joe Pelter (41) and Coughlan (22) gave Eccleshall a platform before both were bowled. But Chris Gask (32*) and Sinclair (43*) saw their side home with just under ten overs to spare.