IT WAS almost as you were at the top in the First Division with second-placed Burnmoor unable to make a start in their home game against Marsden, and Tudhoe unable to fully press home the advantage this handed them when they were only able to squeeze out 39 overs at Boldon CA.
Tudhoe rattled up 162-4 before declaring after just 24 overs at the crease, Ian Grainger continuing his splendid form with a bruising 95 scored from just 80 balls and including 11 fours and two sixes.
With Danny Thexton adding a run-a-ball 45 Tudhoe were in control, but then Boldon’s Shashank Singh threatened even more than the overhead conditions as he blasted 5 sixes amongst a 42-ball unbeaten 62 that rushed CA to 83-1 in 15 overs, their headlong charge for victory only reined in by a deluge of significant proportions.
Esh Winning actually gained a little ground after gathering 11 points in a low scoring game at Castle Eden where the home team limped to 100-9 in 39 overs as John Hodgson and Michael Davidson shared six wickets.
Winning then looked like losing as they slumped to 77-8 as Shivam Dube (3-19 from six overs) and Robbie McGlasham (4-17) blew the run chase apart.
Horden’s promotion dreams were shattered at Mainsforth where the home team managed to defend a paltry total after Adam Dixon (4-7 from 10 overs) helped blow them away for 96 in 35.4 overs. Gary Cummings (4-28) led the fightback as Horden crashed for 91, their last eight wickets going down for 40 runs.
As well as the Burnmoor match, Philadelphia’s home game against Dawdon was another to suffer a complete washout, while in the day’s other scheduled top flight fixture Evenwood had advanced to 36 for the loss of one wicket at Hylton before everyone had to rush for cover.