Eccleshall 1s 86/3 (18.1 overs) beat Rode Park & Lawton 1s 81ao (23.5 overs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Rode Park 2pts
Eccleshall strengthened their grip on the second promotion spot with an emphatic win at home to Rode Park & Lawton.
After rain delayed the start, Cameron Sinclair won the toss and chose to bowl, yet saw the visitors reach 38 before he had Aidan McGuire caught for 11. That breakthrough set the tone for the hosts as Sinclair (6-34) and Braden Gardner (3-46) ripped through the Rode Park line-up.
Stuart Nixon top-scored for the visitors with 32, with Jonathan Gallimore (19) and Nick Atkinson (12) the only other batsman to reach double-figures, as they were dismissed for 81.
With the threat of more rain lurking, Myles Coughlan wasted no time in chasing down the score with a 51-ball 61, that included 3 sixes, before he was caught at long-off off the bowling of Jalat Khan (2-27). Matt Buttery then secured the win with a maximum shortly before the bad-weather returned, as Eccleshall reached their target in just over 18 overs.
Wood Lane 2s 74/4 (14 overs) abandoned game Eccleshall 2s 99/9 (42 overs) – Eccleshall 5pts, Wood Lane 6pts
Eccleshall 2s managed to escape from Wood Lane with a draw after the weather intervened.
Having won the toss and batted, the visitors reached 52 before Jon Derry was stumped for 18 by Gareth Hill off the bowling of Steven Brierley (3-15), the same combination accounted for his opening partner Andy Parton for 31.
But there was little else from the Eccleshall line-up as they slumped to 65 for 7, and were indebted to Theo King’s 21 to help set Wood Lane a target of 100.
John Litchfield was the pick of the Wood Lane bowlers, finishing with 4 for 26.
With rain lurking the hosts looked to try and overhaul their target quickly, but fell 26 runs short, when the heavens opened in the 14th over.
Adam Simcox top-scored with 29 from 17 balls. With Jake Derry (2-12) and Jordan Beasley (2-26) both picking up two wickets.