Eccleshall 1s 105ao (31.1 ovs) lost to Blythe 1s 198/9 (55 ovs) – Eccleshall 6 pts, Blythe 25pts
It was another tale of batting woes for Eccleshall as they suffered defeat yet again, this time at home to second-placed Blythe.
It had looked positive for the hosts early on as they reduced their visitors to 9 for 2, before Craig Grimley (40) and Robert Grinders (48) came together to rebuild their side’s innings.
Nathan Hinton accounted for both men as part of his 4 for 42, as it looked like Blythe could be restricted to a below-par score but Mark Stanyer arrived at the crease with the score at 160 for 9, and hit a breezy 18* to see the visitors to 198 for 9 from their 55 overs.
In reply the Eccleshall run-chase suffered a bad start when Dave Hibbert was caught behind in the second over, and it didn’t get any better from there with the hosts losing wickets at regular intervals. Only Scott Winnington (28) offered any real resistance as the home-side were bundled out for 105 in 31 overs.
Musharraf Hossain was the pick of the bowling with 4 for 27, whilst Matt Goodwin claimed 3 for 37.
Wood Lane 2s 205/6 (50.1 ovs) beat Eccleshall 2s 203ao (50 ovs) – Wood Lane 20 pts, Eccleshall 8pts
Eccleshall suffered back-to-back defeats as they went down to promotion rivals Wood Lane.
Having been asked to bat, the Eccleshall innings suffered some early wobbles, which were steadied by Dan Lakin (67) and Simon Howland (35).
Andrew Norcup, Freddie Doorbar and John Litchfield each picked up three wickets, as the visitors were all out for 203.
Doorbar (34) and Sam Hagan (53) made an impressive start to the run-chase, and allied with Jay Green’s 33 and Litchfield’s 38 saw the home-side reach their target for the loss of just 6 wickets.
Jordan Beasley was the star turn with the ball for Eccleshall with 2 for 19.