Barlaston 1s 105/7 (34.5 overs) beat Eccleshall 1s 104ao (52.2 overs) – Barlaston 20pts, Eccleshall 5pts
A poor batting display saw Eccleshall slip to their second defeat of the season at second placed Barlaston.
Having lost the toss and been put into bat, Eccleshall skipper Cameron Sinclair saw his side reduced to 30-6, with Tom Hibbert (14) and Joe Pelter (12) the only two members of the top seven to reach double figures.
Eccleshall were indebted to Dan Lakin (25) and Craig Sinclair (22) who carried their side’s total into three figures. As Jack Davies finished with 3 for 26 for the home side.
The visitors made early inroads, as Braden Gardner (3-49) and skipper Sinclair (4-26) reduced Barlaston first to 29-4 and then 62-7. But Leigh Matthews (26*) and John Aked (20*) came together to see their side to the total.
Eccleshall 2s 66ao (41.5 overs) lost to Meakins 2s 179/9 dec (46.5 overs) – Eccleshall 4pts, Meakins 25pts
It was a similar story on the batting front for Eccleshall 2s, as they were well beaten at home by Meakins.
Eccleshall captain Jake Derry won the toss and chose to bowl, but saw the visitors amass 179 for 9 declared, with Alex Bloor hitting an unbeaten 69, supported by Paul Farmer (26) and Dorian Richardson (22).
Left-armer Dave Robertson (4-54) was the pick of the Eccleshall attack with four wickets, in an innings which featured three run outs.
Eccleshall’s batting failed to fire in the chase, as they were all out for just 66. Connor Beasley top scoring with 15, as the Meakins attack shared out the wickets, Adam Mason the pick, with 3 for 14 from his seven overs.
Eccleshall 1s 189ao (41.3 overs) lost to Longton 1s 214ao (44.1 overs)
Eccleshall’s participation in the Talbot Cup ended with a narrow loss at home to Premier Division side Longton.
Cameron Sinclair won the toss and chose to bowl, but saw Longton make a fast start thanks to 33 from opener Rob Hemmings who was dismissed by Braden Gardner (5-36) courtesy of a sharp return catch.
Dave Wheeldon had made a fluent 28 when he skied a catch off the bowling of Myles Coughlan, before Matt Arnold was run out by Rob Lakin for 39.
Joe Abbots and Brodie Mack both made 22 before being dismissed in the final few overs, as Longton were all out for 214.
Eccleshall’s reply got off to a bad start as they lost openers Tom Hibbert and Myles Coughlan, both for 1. But Zain Shah (32) and Dave Freeman (46) shared an 89-run partnership until Freeman was dismissed from the first ball after the drinks break.
Shah was then caught at long-off as he attempted to up the scoring rate.
Rob Lakin hit a quickfire 33* late on, but Eccleshall fell 25 runs short. Brodie Mack was the pick of the Longton attack as he claimed 3-48.