A Lancaster bomber from Burnmoor blitzed South Hetton to send them crashing to the foot of the Warmseal Durham Senior League table and give his own team lift off as they soared away to the summit, writes Chris West.
Burnmoor went into their home game with the struggling Hetton side knowing they needed only two points to go top as Castle Eden were having an afternoon off just as the sun came out to play. And the match turned into a “back to the future” job as the Moor turned the clock back with a performance reminiscent of their glory days.
The home side rattled up 226-6 inside 47 overs before declaring as soon as the final batting bonus point was in the bag. Owen Lancaster was the architect of the run spree, stroking 12 boundaries in an immaculate 107 not out, and with new boy Matthew Sampson-Barnes adding a half century Burnmoor had already secured the top spot by the interval.
Gary Brown then got to work, taking the first six wickets to fall in a 15 over stint that yielded figures of 6-44, and even though Johnnie Davis (45) and Robbie Atherton (33no) offered stern resistance Lancaster swooped in to take out the last four for just 16 runs as Hetton were humbled for 163.
The victory took Burnmoor 29 points clear at the top, although Castle Eden now have two games in hand with which to play catch-up.
Whitburn missed their chance to make a move on the leading positions when they were left clinging to a draw at Felling despite bowling their hosts out for 171. Neil Johnson and Stuart Walker shared six wickets, but Chris Goudie’s knock of 64, which included eight fours and a six, proved to be the key innings of the day, and even though Walker added 49 runs to his earlier wickets his team had to survive a nervous couple of deliveries to avoid defeat on 107-9.
* Full round-up in tonight’s Sunderland Echo