Silverdale 1s 160/5 (46.4ovs) beat Eccleshall 1s 159ao (42.5ovs) – Silverdale 20pts, Eccleshall 6pts
Eccleshall’s recent run of poor form continued as they went down to their third successive defeat, with a 5-wicket loss away at bottom side Silverdale.Cameron Sinclair’s side were put into bat by the hosts, who quickly made merry on a seamer friendly deck by reducing their visitors to 59 for 6, thanks to Glynn Moore (5-50) and Lewis Moulton (3-53).
It took a brilliant display of counter-attacking batting from Scott Winnington (51) and Matt Thomas (39*) to see Eccleshall to a semi-respectable 159 all out.
Silverdale’s run chase did not get off to the best of starts with Sinclair removing opener Mick Moore in the first over, but Dave Leese (41) and Adrian Whittaker (32) guided their side through to 69 for 1 before Leese was trapped lbw by Zain Shah (2-45).
Whittaker followed shortly after to a smart catch by Rob Lakin but Zahid Mansoor smashed his way to a quick-fire 52 to see his side most of the way home until Tom Hibbert struck with four runs required before the target was reached.
Eccleshall 2s 147/4 (34.1ovs) beat Elworth 142/8 (50ovs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Elworth 5pts
James Carruthers Second XI made it back-to-back wins with a hard-fought win at home to Elworth.
It had looked ominous for the visitors who found themselves 19 for 3 early on, but rallied to reach 142 for 8 from their 50 overs thanks to George Elliot (37) and Tom Seabridge (33).
Jake Derry was the pick of the Eccleshall attack with 4 for 20.
Chanaka Ekanayake top-scored in the run chase with an unbeaten 43*, with support from Derry (22) and James Dale (26*), as Eccleshall reached their target with 15 overs to spare.
Eccleshall 1s 161/9 (37.2ovs) beat Newcastle & Hartshill 157/9 (45ovs)
Eccleshall put their poor league form to one side as they overcame Newcastle & Hartshill to progress to the third round of the Talbot Cup.
Cameron Sinclair chose to bowl, and quickly helped get the visitors to 11 for 2
A stabilising 42 from James Hagan, alongside Andrew Whitehead (26) and Zanzima Pongolo (24) revitalised the Newcastle innings, before a collapse saw them languishing at 137 for 9.
Numbers 10 and 11, Dominic Coates and Chris Powell, survived the last 5 overs, whilst adding 20 to their teams score.
Rob Lakin (32) and Myles Coughlan (33) got the reply off to a blistering start as they reached 75 inside 10 overs before Coughlan holed out to long-on.
Lakin was then bowled in the next over, sparking an Eccleshall collapse which left them 121 for 7, thanks largely to Raja Sohail Haider’s 4 for 30.
However a ninth wicket partnership between Cameron Sinclair (21*) and Craig Sinclair (4) saw their side to tied scores before the latter was bowled by Jake Short (2-15), skipper Cameron managed to get his side over the line though.