Eccleshall 1s 107/7 (48.2 overs) beat Meir Heath 1s 106ao (51 overs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Meir Heath 5pts
Eccleshall 1s secured their first win of the season with a hard fought victory at home to Meir Heath.
On a slow wicket the Eccleshall attack got off to a great start after Meir Heath captain Tom Edwards had won the toss and elected to bat. Braden Gardner (4-31) and Cameron Sinclair (3-38) taking care of the visitors top order.
But a patient and watchful half century from Austen Crump (50*) saw the visitors reach 101-6, before the introduction of Myles Coughlan (3-3) saw Meir Heath collapse to 106 all out.
The home side made a solid start to their run chase, but collapsed from 40-1 to 47-5 as Austen (3-23) and Neil Crump (3-34) took hold of the game.
It took a steady 30 not out from New Zealander Gardner to see Eccleshall home.
Whitmore 2s 191/4 (49 overs) beat Eccleshall 2s 189/7 (50 overs) – Whitmore 20pts, Eccleshall 7pts
Tom Boulton’s unbeaten century wasn’t enough to ensure an Eccleshall victory as they slipped to a six wicket defeat at Whitmore.
The opener’s 103 not out was the centrepiece of his side’s 189, with Jake Derry and Connor Beasley both making 25. Chris Rhodes was the pick of the Whitmore attack, claiming 6-68.
The hosts reached their target with an over to spare. Jonathon McCall top scored with 73, with Joe Wagg (53) also passing fifty. Rhodes helped his side over the line with 27 not out.
James Carruthers and Jake Derry both took two wickets for Eccleshall.
Moddershall 2s 146 ao (39.2 overs) lost to Eccleshall 2s 193/6 (45 overs)
Eccleshall progressed into the second round of the Talbot Shield with a 47-run victory over Moddershall.
Chris Gask top scored with 55, and received assistance from skipper Jake Derry (35) and Miles Livette (31*) as the visitors reached 193 from their 45 overs.
Gask then took three wickets, along with Callum Mukerji (3-15) as Moddershall were dismissed for 146. Nilesh Setunga (29) and Andrew Hawkins (23) were the main contributors for Moddershall.