Woore 1s 175ao (53 overs) lost to Eccleshall 1s 176/7 (52 overs) – Woore 8pts, Eccleshall 20pts
Eccleshall closed the gap to the promotion places to just one point with a three-wicket win at Woore.
Having lost the toss and been asked to bowl Cameron Sinclair’s men made early inroads when Braden Gardner (3-17) had Harry Oliver caught behind for 4, the skipper then delivered the same punishment to Matt Adams (6), before John Woodfield (10) offered a return catch to Myles Coughlan (2-58) as the hosts found themselves 45 for 3.
But an eighty-run partnership between Mohammad Ayub (79) and Aidan Cumberbatch (22) cajoled some life into the Woore innings until the latter was dismissed by Coughlan.
Ayub looked set to see his side to a big score but holed out to Coughlan on the boundary off the bowling of Zain Shah (4-49). Shah and Gardner then tore through the Woore lower order as they were dismissed for 175.
Coughlan got the Eccleshall reply off to a blistering start with a 58-ball 60, as he and Tom Hibbert (12) put on 72 for the first wicket, but Andrew Kenvyn (3-32) put the brakes on the innings when he removed the pair in successive overs.
The visitors were 82 for 4 when David Freeman (0) and Zain Shah (5) were dismissed but Gardner and Rob Lakin began the fightback.
Gardner was run out for 15, before two more quick wickets left the visitors needing 45 runs with three wickets left, but Lakin (46*) found a willing ally in Matt Buttery (14*) as the duo knocked off the runs.
Eccleshall 2s 146/8 (52 overs) drew with Elworth 2s 197/9 (50 overs) – Eccleshall 8pts, Elworth 14pts
Eccleshall 2s managed to hold on for a draw as they hosted Elworth.
The visitors made 197 for 9 after they had lost the toss and been asked to bat. Their innings got off to a poor start when Callum Mukerji removed opener Connor Flowers without scoring. But Joe Stephenson hit an unbeaten 56, and received support from Kieran Allsop (26), Tom Seabridge (23) and Dayle Honess (28).
James Carruthers shone with the ball as he picked up 3 for 49 from 17 overs, with Matt Higgs (2-31) and Jake Derry (2-32) both picking up two wickets.
Opener James Dale made a patient 34 in reply, but a flurry of wickets saw the opportunity for a third straight win slip away. Jordan Beasley’s 27 helped ward off defeat, but it was Carruthers (23*) and wicket-keeper Tom Rough (15*) who remained there at the end.
Connor Flowers was the pick of the Elworth bowlers with 4 for 28.