Meir Heath 1s 108 ao (38.2 overs) lost to Eccleshall 1s 189ao (53.3 overs) – Meir Heath 7pts, Eccleshall 25pts
Eccleshall closed the gap on the promotion places with a comfortable 81-run win at Meir Heath. Myles Coughlan fell agonisingly short of a second successive century when he was run out on 99, but his innings was the back bone of Eccleshall’s 189 all out.
Coughlan and Tom Hibbert (21) shared an opening partnership of 87 after Eccleshall skipper Cameron Sinclair had won the toss and chose to bat. The visitors looked at ease at the wicket, until the introduction of Austen Crump, whose off-spin returned 6 for 50, helped to orchestrate their demise either side of Coughlan being run out by Muhmmed Waseem as he attempted a second run to bring up his century.
Will Gallimore claimed 2 for 20 late on to help bring the Eccleshall innings to a close.
The host’s reply got off to a poor start when Braden Gardner (2-30) bowled Sam Wilcox for 6, before Sinclair (3-38) struck three times to reduce Meir Heath to 48 for 4.
Eccleshall’s spin pairing of Zain Shah (3-18) and Coughlan (2-13) took care of the home side’s middle order, before Gardner returned to complete the win as Meir Heath were all out for 108.
Jake Heath top scored for the hosts with 27.
Eccleshall 2s 220/4 (47 overs) beat Whitmore 217/5 (50 overs)
Eccleshall 2s made it back-to-back double wins for the club as they chased down Whitmore’s 217 to win by 6-wickets.
After winning the toss and deciding to field, Eccleshall skipper Paul Cox might have been left questioning his decision as the visitors passed the 200 mark. Opener Andrew Wagg making 91 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Chris Gask, with skipper Jack Armstrong making 53.
Dan Lakin was the pick of the Eccleshall bowlers picking up 2 for 52.
The Eccleshall openers then broke the back of the run chase, as James Dale (80) and Tom Boulton (69) set their side on their way. Contributions from Connor Beasley (21) and Si Howland (19*) saw Eccleshall home, despite Steven Platt picking up 3 for 34.