Caverswall 1s 190ao (54 overs) beat Eccleshall 1s 171ao (47.1 overs) – Caverswall 25pts, Eccleshall 9pts 

Eccleshall climbed up a place to third despite losing at table-toppers Caverswall by 19 runs. 

The home side chose to bat after winning the toss and made a positive start until Jake Edge (14) gifted a return catch to Zain Shah. 

Shane McNamara looked well set at the other end until he was caught in deep by Craig Sinclair off the bowling of Myles Coughlan for 47. 

Coughlan and Shah (2-41) went through the hosts top-order to reduce them to 70 for 5, before Caverswall skipper Nazakat Ali regained control for his side with a stabilising 83.

Ali was dismissed in the penultimate over off the bowling of Cameron Sinclair (2-30) in what turned out to be an eventful twelve balls, with Eccleshall picking up 5 wickets in the final two overs.

The Eccleshall reply started poorly, as they slipped to 42-4, before a counter-attacking 25 from Rob Lakin looked to wrestle some initiative back, but a couple of quick wickets put the home-side back in control. 

Braden Gardner (22) and Cameron Sinclair (23) steadied the innings once more before the pendulum again swung back in Caverswall’s favour with their dismissals. 

Craig Sinclair’s 25 not out looked like it could snatch an unlikely victory for the visitors until Jordan Beasley was the last man out off the bowling of Ali (3-30).

Rob King also finished with three wickets, claiming 3 for 36.

 

Eccleshall 2s 195-7 (50 overs) lost to Meir Heath 2s 196-5 (47.5 overs) – Eccleshall 7pts, Meir Heath 20pts

Eccleshall 2s were narrowly defeated as they played host to Meir Heath 2s. 

Jake Derry (60) led from the front as the home side made 195 from their 50 overs, with Andy Parton (29) and Paul Cox (29*) also contributing. 

Tom Edwards was the pick of the Meir Heath attack, picking up 3 for 49. He then shone with the bat for his side, as he posted an unbeaten 78* to guide his side home, despite being reduced to 2 for 0.

Zac Wilcox (31) and Chris Gallimore (42) offering support, as Dave Robertson (2-28) and Simon Derry (2-10) claimed two wickets apiece.

 

Eccleshall 2s 93ao (23.2 overs) lost to Burslem 265ao (42.2 overs)

Eccleshall bowed out of the Talbot Shield in disappointing fashion as they lost at home to Burslem. 

A disappointing start with the ball saw the visitors reach 90 inside the first 10 overs, with Jay Sims (53) and Bassit Mahmood (66) profiting from some loose bowling. 

Eccleshall managed to find the breakthrough, and a stream of regular wickets managed to get them a foothold in the game, before Phil Robins’s late 42 saw Burslem reach 265.

Simon Derry finished with 4 for 44, as Callum Mukerji (2-42) and Chris Gask (2-31) picked up two wickets each.

The Eccleshall reply started poorly with captain Jake Derry being caught behind off the second ball. Connor Beasley top scored for the home side with 18, but the rest of the order was blown away as five batsmen were dismissed without scoring, as they were dismissed for 93, with Callum Mukerji not out on 17. 

Syed Haider Bukhari was the pick of the Burslem attack, as he picked up 4 for 27.

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