Elworth 1s 78/6 (21 ovs) drew Eccleshall 1s 185/9 (55 ovs) – Elworth 5pts, Eccleshall 8pts
Eccleshall returned from their visit to table-toppers Elworth with a handy haul of points in a rain-curtailed game.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, the visitors patiently set about building a total and looked well placed to post a big score at 121 for 3 in the 40th over. But the wicket of Myles Coughlan for 33 triggered a collapse which saw the visitors slip to 144 for 9.
However Rob Lakin (20*) and Cameron Sinclair (19*) shared a stand of 41, as Eccleshall reached the interval at 185 for 9.
Yasir Ali (4-47) and Chris Winter (4-74) both picked up four wickets.
The state of the game changed dramatically during the tea interval when heavy rain fell, which left the home side with 21 overs to bat.
And with both sides on a point picking up mission saw the Elworth openers began with plenty of attacking intent.
But Sinclair (2-23) and Scott Winnington (3-32) helped their own side’s cause with a couple of early wickets which even gave the visitors a faint hope of victory, but Yasir Ali shut up shop to finish on 32 not out, with his side ending on 78 for 6.
Eccleshall 2s 93ao (40.1 ovs) beat Blythe 2s 92ao (34.5 ovs) – Eccleshall 25pts, Blythe 6pts
Eccleshall edged a thriller to win by one run as they played host to Blythe.
James Carruthers’ decision to bat first looked to have backfired when his side were bundled out for 93, despite opener Connor Beasley’s 35 and the skipper himself making 22, with no other batsmen reaching double figures.
Lea Bolton (4-20) and Kris Heathcote (4-37) were the chief tormentors for the visitors, as they each picked up four wickets.
However the hosts weren’t in the mood to taste defeat for the third game in succession, and after reducing Blythe to 34 for 5, it was left to Craig Sinclair to remove the rest of the line up as he finished with 4 for 10 from 8 overs, with Blythe all out for 92.
Ben Smith top-scoring with 35 for Blythe.