Eccleshall 1s 152/9 (55 overs) drew with Caverswall 1s 85/6 (26 overs) – Eccleshall 7pts, Caverswall 5pts

Eccleshall were held up by the weather in their pursuit of victory against Caverswall at the Roy Thompson Memorial Ground.

Cameron Sinclair lost the toss and was invited to bat, but saw his side reach 46 before Zain Shah (22) and Myles Coughlan (0) fell in successive deliveries to Caverswall skipper Nazakat Ali (5-45).

Opener Tom Hibbert (36) played a watchful innings as his side looked to build a competitive target with overs being lost during several rain interuptions, but tight bowling from Ali and his men kept the hosts in check, with Eccleshall having to bat out all of their overs to post 152/8.

Caverswall’s openers Jake Edge (22) and Shane McNamara (21) got their side off to a good start before they were accounted for by the spin of Coughlan (4-17) and Shah (2-30).

The spin duo gave the host’s a feint sniff of victory, but those hopes were dashed when yet more rain fell, but Eccleshall were able to pick up an extra point with two wickets in the last 3 overs of play.

Meir Heath 2s 151/3 dec (47 overs) beat Eccleshall 2s 99ao (36.2 overs) – Meir Heath 25pts, Eccleshall 2pts

Jake Derry’s side suffered a second defeat in as many matches as they were beaten by Meir Heath.

The hosts posted 151-3 as they benefitted from several dropped catches. Sam Wilcox top scored with 56, and received support from Fahzad Aziz (31*) and Muhammed Waseem (40*)

Eccleshall reached 67-2 in reply before a dramatic collapse saw them all out for 99. Chris Gask top scoring with 47, as only Sam Linney (16) and Dave Robertson (17) reached double figures. Aziz (4-16) and Wilcox (4-26) were their chief tormentors.

Little Stoke 2s 84o (33.1 overs) lost to Eccleshall 1s 85-5 (19.1 overs)

Eccleshall moved safely into the third round of the Talbot Cup, with a comfortable win over Division Three side Little Stoke.

Cameron Sinclair chose to bowl after winning the toss and saw his side dismiss the hosts for 84. Kiwi paceman Braden Gardner claiming 5-26, with Myles Coughlan (2-8) and Zain Shah (2-26) chipping in with two wickets apiece.

Ryan Cryer top scored with 17, but was one of only three players to reach double figures.

Eccleshall knocked off the runs in under 20 overs, but lost 5 wickets in the process. Bradley Wakefield proving the main threat as he finished with 3-28.

 

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