Eccleshall 1s 127/8 (35.5 ovs) beat Caverswall 126ao (52 ovs) – Eccleshall 20pts, Caverswall 7pts
Eccleshall halted their five-match losing run with a nervy two-wicket win over fellow promoted team Caverswall.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Caverswall saw their innings get off to a patient start but soon lost opener Jake Edge and Sri Lankan Tharaka Waduge to Cameron Sinclair (2-43).
But it was the introduction of spinners Myles Coughlan and Zain Shah that was the main undoing of the visitor’s innings.
Coughlan spun his way to 5 for 35, whilst Shah picked up 3 for 27, as Caverswall were dismissed for 126, opener Greg Phillips carrying his bat for an unbeaten 85.
Eccleshall made a quick start to chasing down their target, despite losing Tom Hibbert and Nathan Hinton inside one Tharaka Waduge (2-29) over, and found themselves well placed at 77 for 2.
But when Coughlan was stumped for 58 off the bowling of Nazakat Ali the wheels began to fall off.
Ali (3-25), and Jake Edge (3-39) spun their way through the hosts middle order to leave them precariously hanging at 91 for 8.
But Scott Winnington (27*) and Dan Lakin (8*) saw their side home.
Bagnall Norton 2s 141ao (41.2 ovs) lost to Eccleshall 2s 186ao (49.1 ovs) – Bagnall Norton 8pts, Eccleshall 25pts
Eccleshall picked up their fifth straight win on the road at Bagnall Norton.
Jake Derry’s 61 was the backbone of the visitors 186 all out, after being asked to bat by the hosts. Joe Pelter (21), Chanaka Ekanayake (28) and Craig Sinclair (31) all providing assistance.
Derry was then the star turn with the ball as he claimed 4 for 31, with Connor Beasley (4-41) also picking up four wickets, as Bagnall Norton were dismissed for 141.
Scott Watson (33) and Bradley James (24) were the main contributors with the bat for the hosts.
Audley 1s 86ao (23.2 ovs) lost to Eccleshall 1s 87/4 (23.2 ovs)
Eccleshall progressed into the quarter-finals of the Talbot Cup at the expense of Premier Division side Audley.
Cameron Sinclair’s side were asked to bowl first by their hosts but made early inroads into the Audley line-up, with Sinclair (3-21) and Scott Winnington (2-32) doing the damage.
Chanaka Ekanayake then ran-out Tom Oakes (3) before Myles Coughlan continued his fine weekend picking up 2 for 9, as Audley were all out for 86.
The Eccleshall reply got off to a poor start when they slipped from 13 for 0 to 13 for 3, with a rush for pads in the changing room owing to their recent batting woes.
But Dave Freeman (33*) and Scott Winnington (24) calmed any nerves with a watchful display of batting to see their side home.