Eccleshall 1s 215/9 (54 overs) beat Leycett 1s 214/9 (55 overs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Leycett 9pts
Eccleshall claimed a remarkable win in late drama at the Roy Thompson Memorial Ground, thanks largely to a superb century from Myles Coughlan and an excellent 23 not out from number eleven Matt Buttery.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Leycett suffered an early blow when Tom Redfern was bowled by Braden Gardner (3-45) for 4. That brought brother Dan to the crease, who shared a partnership of 56 with David Speakman (28) until the latter was caught at slip off the bowling of Zain Shah, before Buttery bowled Dave Griffiths.
Skipper Redfern patiently made his way to 75, but was caught in the slips off Coughlan, whilst Richard Walker made his way to a half-century at the other end.
Walker was out in the penultimate over when he nicked behind off Cameron Sinclair (3-35), as his side reached 214 for 9 off their 55 overs.
Eccleshall’s reply got off to a poor start when Tom Hibbert was caught behind without scoring off Tom Lawton (4-62), before Shah and Gardner both fell for 9.
Coughlan found a partner in Dave Freeman, as the pair put on 86 for the fourth wicket before Freeman was trapped lbw for 20.
None of the other middle order batsmen were able to reach double figures, but did hang around to support Coughlan as he laid into the Leycett attack as he brought up his century from 97-balls.
But the pendulum swung back into Leycett’s favour when Coughlan was bowled from the very next ball with a ball that kept low from Darren Walker (2-40).
The Eccleshall lower order chipped away at the 45-runs needed for victory, but the game looked almost over when they found themselves 192-9.
Last man Buttery had made his way to 15 from just 10-balls when Leycett thought that he had edged a Jordan Fulton ball behind in the penultimate over, but were dismayed when the umpire turned down their appeals, and their despair was augmented when Buttery hit the next two balls for four to see his side home.
Caverswall 2s 150/9 (50 overs) lost to Eccleshall 2s 153/3 (45 overs) – Caverswall 5pts, Eccleshall 20pts
Eccleshall returned to winning ways with an empathic seven-wicket win on the road at Caverswall.
The home side won the toss and chose to bat reaching 150 for 9 from their 50 overs. Elliot Wright top scored with 47 with Oliver Williams and Matt Jolley both making 21.
Dan Lakin was the pick of the Eccleshall bowlers as he claimed 4 for 28, with Callum Mukerji picking up 2 for 19.
Their reply got off to a poor start as they lost their first three wickets for just 6 runs, but Sam Linney (63*) and Chris Gask (77*) shared a stand of 147 to see their side to victory, as Jonathan Toft picked up 2 for 20.