Wood Lane 1s 182/9 dec (54.5 ovs) beat Eccleshall 1s 67ao (26.2 ovs) – Wood Lane 25pts, Eccleshall 4pts 

Eccleshall crumbled to defeat on their visit to Wood Lane with an abject batting display that saw them slip back into the bottom two. 

After winning the toss and bowling first, the visitors made early in-roads, with skipper Cameron Sinclair picking up three early wickets to see Wood Lane to 63 for 4. 

But Khalid Malik (42) and Richie Jervis (24) steadied the ship for the hosts, putting on 60 for the fifth wicket before the latter was dismissed by Scott Winnington. 

Rob Hagan hit a swift 27 as his side declared on 182 for 9, Sinclair finishing with 5 for 56. 

The Eccleshall reply got off to a poor start with opener Tom Hibbert and Nathan Hinton both falling in the third over, and despite a brief counter-attack from Rob Lakin (22) their innings never really got going. 

Alex Coates ran through the visitors line up, claiming 6 for 11, whilst Imran Khalid finished with 3 for 5, as Eccleshall were all-out inside 27 overs.  

Eccleshall 2s 173/8 (50 ovs) lost to Longton 2s 174/4 (34.4 ovs) – Eccleshall 5pts, Longton 20pts 

Eccleshall fell to their first defeat in ten games as they lost at home to Longton. 

After being asked to bat, Eccleshall looked in trouble at 77 for 6, despite 35 apiece from youngsters Callum Mukerji and Connor Beasley, but some lower-order runs from Jordan Beasley (30) and James Carruthers (19) saw their side to a defendable score. 

It was not to be however, thanks largely to Luke Woodward’s 80 not out which provided the spine for his side’s eight-wicket victory, along with Sam Thompson’s 43. 

Stone SP 1s 266/5 (42.1 ovs) beat Eccleshall 1s 265/9 (45 ovs) 

Eccleshall’s Talbot Cup run is over after being beaten by Premier Division side Stone at the quarter-final stage. 

Matt Thomas’s 75 proved the backbone for his side’s 265 for 9, with Joe Pelter making a fluent 43 and Cameron Sinclair 36 not out, but it hadn’t always looked like plain-sailing for the visitors. 

Ollie Perry (2-30) and Matt Coxon (2-47) had reduced Eccleshall to 25 for 4 early on before the Thomas-lead-fightback, whilst Scott Winnington (26) and Chanaka Ekanayake (23) also contributed with the bat late-on. 

The hosts played their run-chase perfectly however, Sam Graham’s unbeaten 101* from 73 balls was the focal point of the innings, whilst Jack Davies plundered 42 from 30 balls as Stone won with two overs to spare. 

Matt Coxon (35), James Pakora (28) and John Cheadle (21) all provided assistance with the bat.

 

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