Eccleshall 1s 235/6 (55 overs) beat Stafford 1s 212ao (60 overs) – Eccleshall 25pts, Stafford 6pts
Eccleshall bagged 25 points in a thrilling encounter with Stafford that went down to the final ball.
Stafford captain Greg Massingham won the toss and chose to bowl on a soft wicket that looked like it would offer assistance to the bowlers, and his decision looked justified when James Wild trapped Tom Hibbert lbw for 6.
But Myles Coughlan (70) and Zain Shah (33) looked at ease at the wicket, as they shared a partnership of 88, before Coughlan was bowled by Massingham.
Shah then fell in the next over, caught at mid-on off the bowling of Jamie Wood.
Dave Freeman (23), Si Howland (28) and Rob Lakin (21) all continued to bat with freedom, but were all caught trying to hit the spin of Massingham (2-83) and Richard Brazier (2-36).
A quick-fire 43-run partnership between Joe Pelter (26*) and Cameron Sinclair (15*) helped to carry Eccleshall to 235 for 6.
The Stafford innings got off to a poor start as Guy Seaton played on off the bowling of Braden Gardner for 8. And then Matt Buttery (2-41) had Mark Foster and Luke Morien caught behind to leave the visitors 47-3.
But Richard Brazier took the attack to the Eccleshall bowlers with some big hitting in an innings that contained six 6’s, and shared an 84-run stand with Massingham (46) after Mo Ahmed had been caught in the deep by Joe Pelter off the bowling of Myles Coughlan.
Brazier bought up a superb century with a straight six and looked set to carry his side to victory, but the next ball he could only find the hands of Tom Hibbert as he fell for 102.
Massingham continued on his way, but the draw looked like the most likely outcome when Jamie Wood was caught by Si Howland for 0.
And off the final ball of the penultimate over Massingham chipped a catch to Zain Shah at mid-off off Gardner (2-50).
In the final over Eccleshall skipper Cameron Sinclair trapped James Wild lbw off the second ball, before repeating the trick to account for Martin Brazier with the fourth ball. Oliver Stark survived another lbw appeal from the fifth ball of the over, but was unable to keep out the last ball as Eccleshall secured all 25 points, and sparked scenes of jubilation on the outfield.
Ashcombe Park 2s lost to Eccleshall 2s in a bowl out
Jake Derry’s side moved into the quarter-finals of the Talbot Shield via a bowl out win, after rain had halted the game with Ashcombe Park 137/7 off 40 overs.
Paul Cox, Callum Mukerji and Simon Derry all hit as Eccleshall won 3-1.