Bill Quay beat Murton to seal promotion

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BILL Quay finally confirmed their promotion from Division Two with a six-wicket home win over Murton.

 Murton set a challenging target of 187 after an 89-ball 73 from Tariq Aziz. David Brown and Anoop Pai shared six of the wickets to fall, and then Pai (35) featured in the successful chase as he shared an 82-run second-wicket partnership with Jeff Tudor.

The experienced Tudor saw his team home, steadying the ship when two wickets went down in quick succession, and then sharing the unbroken match-winning partnership of 66 with John Newstead (42 not out).

Tudor hit 15 boundaries in carrying his bat, ending with 86 to his name as promotion was secured.

Whiteleas ended a fine season with a victory, albeit in vain with regards to the promotion outcome.

Leas set a target of 193-9 in 41 overs at Ryhope, for whom John Errington (4-43) and Alex Catcherside (3-43) shone, and then Chris Nichol (4-38 from 12 overs) set up the win as the home team slid to 160 all out.

Elsewhere, a century from Aussie Chris Moran helped Peterlee to just their third win of the summer, and it ensured they didn’t end up as the wooden spoonists, with the bottom spot eventually occupied by Langley Park after their 139-run thrashing at Seaham Park, where Dave Hanson (100 not out) and Paul Smailes (68 not out) enjoyed an unbroken double century partnership.

And Silksworth bowed out in style, knocking off the 196 set by Shildon Railway with three wickets to spare.

Jonny Hayes, Michael Waterson and Adam Fairley each took three wickets as the Railwaymen were shunted aside, and then Waterson followed up with an unbeaten 75 as the Sunderland side eased to victory inside 41 overs.