Eccleshall 1s 234/4 (49 overs) winning draw Alsager 1s 175/4 (48 overs) – Eccleshall 12pts, Alsager 7pts

Eccleshall claimed the winning draw in a rain hit match whilst hosting Alsager. 

The visitors won the toss and chose to bowl, but were unable to exert any pressure as Eccleshall raced to 44 before Myles Coughlan gifted a catch to point on the brink of the first of several rain delays which took 13 overs out of the game.

When the players returned, Tom Hibbert (50) and Zain Shah (26) continued to build a platform, but when both had fallen with Eccleshall 144 for 3 it brought about an upping of the run rate. 

Dave Freeman made 62 in an innings which included four 6s, and Rob Lakin 26 not out, as the hosts declared on 234 for 4. David Apps was the pick of the Alsager attack claiming 3-65. 

The visitor’s openers laid the foundation of their reply as they made 107, before Sean Price was caught on 67, but Ollie Sadler pushed on to make an unbeaten 81* as Eccleshall struggled to find the breakthrough. 

They eventually finished at stumps on 175 for 4, with Braden Gardner, Matt Buttery and Cameron Sinclair claiming a wicket apiece. 

Kidsgrove 2s 142ao (40.4 overs) abandoned Eccleshall 2s 52/4 (15.5 overs) – Kidsgrove 7pts, Eccleshall 7pts

Eccleshall 2s looked well set to claim 20 points on their trip to Kidsgrove before the rain intervened. 

Simon Derry’s 7 for 36 restricted the host’s innings to 142, with Adam Cooper’s 42 the top score, as he received support from Blain Hughes (27) and Craig Purcell (31).  

Eccleshall were 52 for 4, opener Andy Parton 26 not out, when rain brought a halt to proceedings. 

Cooper adding to his 42, with 2 wickets in his first over. 

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