BILL Quay are the new leaders in Readers Durham Cricket League Division Two, knocking Durham City off the top spot they had occupied all summer.
Micky Orridge and Anoop Pai shared six cheap wickets as City fell for 119 in 35 overs, and then Jeff Tudor (45 not out) eased Quay to the top of the pile.
With Durham losing for the first time, the force is now with Whiteleas who lie third, but with a crucial game in hand, after overcoming a potentially difficult hurdle in the shape of Seaham Park, who were pinned down to a total of 129-9 in 43 overs.
Scott Oliver (four fours and two sixes in 44) and Owen Peterson (four sixes in 34) then did the hard yards as Leas won by three wickets after 34 overs.
Murton found life tough at Shildon where the Railwaymen chugged along to a total of 185-9 in 45 overs, despite a 12-over spell of 4-37 from Faisal Hussain. Jordan Vout then hit 30 in the reply, but that was about as good as it got for Murton as they folded to 120 all out in 32 overs.
Peterlee (195-7 from 41 overs) took the greater share of the spoils in their match with Ryhope (143-7 from 46 overs), Craig Deighton hitting 72 from 102 balls.
Silksworth enjoyed a great day at home to Langley Park, Mark Foster (3-12) and Kieran Laws (4-2) combining to whip out the Park for 60 in 28 overs, before the hosts cruised to a seven-wicket win inside 18 overs.
On Saturday, Seaham Park held Durham City.
Aussie duo Jake McCann (83 with 11 boundaries) and Nick Maiolo (50) put City in command, a declaration coming after 43.5 overs on 229-8. But Park battled through 51 overs to end on 135-8.
Bill Quay defeated Langley Park by 45 runs on the back of a brilliant all-round display from professional Anoop Pai. The Indian hit 20 fours in a great exhibition of batting, ending on 121 not out as Quay declared after 38 overs on 230-3.
Langley’s Robin Hiles then threatened to spoil the script as he lashed eight fours and seven sixes in his 92, but Pai swooped with a five-wicket haul and Park folded to 185 all out.
A superb spell of bowling from Steve Martin enabled Whiteleas to successfully defend a modest 50-over total of 132-8 at Murton.
The home team were going reasonably well in the run chase until Martin brought about a collapse, with five wickets going down for a single run at one stage. Martin ended with 7-29 and, with Hamad Ul-Hassan picking up the other three, Leas secured a vital 38-run win.
Silksworth had 30 runs too many for Peterlee after posting 201-8 in 50 overs, and this despite a great spell of bowling from Shaun Taylor, who bagged 6-39 in 12 overs. Robbie Jones (64) and Paul Howe (50) were able to negotiate the Taylor minefield and give their team substance, and then Micky Waterson (5-40) undermined the Peterlee run chase to disappoint skipper Andrew Laidler (44).
Ryhope (193) slipped to a 14-run defeat at Ushaw Moor (207-8) despite Alex Catcherside (4-41) and James Summerside (46) holding out hopes of a better result.