Durham Cricket League: Keen on fire as Houghton rock Ushaw Moor with storming success

Phildelphia bowler Steven Wright bowls to Easington opener Ryan Higgins  on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
Phildelphia bowler Steven Wright bowls to Easington opener Ryan Higgins on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Houghton turned in a magnificent performance to beat Ushaw Moor for a rare victory in Division Two.

Lee Hayton top-scored with 46 in Moor’s 42.3-over total of 199-9.

Easington opener Jason Moses defends against Philadelphia

Easington opener Jason Moses defends against Philadelphia

Gandhar Bhatawadekar was the star of the show with 4-45, with Niki Lawson taking 2-45.

Opener Gavin Keen inspired Houghton’s victory surge, hitting 14 fours and a six in a tremendous knock of 80. McCoy added 41, with six fours, with Bainbridge (20) and Riddell (18no) also making their mark as victory came in 41 overs

Shashikant Kadam, who will now be able to see out the season before heading to India to take part in the Ranji Trophy, led the way as Littletown maintained top spot thanks to a comfortable win over Silksworth.

He posted an unbeaten 109, backed by 60 from David Pearson, as Littletown made 270-5 before bowling out Silksworth for a 135-run triumph.

Second-top Whiteleas enjoyed a convincing 73-run win away at Murton, scoring 198-4 in the process, with Owen Peterson hitting 61 and Abdul Ameer 63no, with eight fours and a six. Chris Winn took two of the wickets to fall.

Ameer then contributed with the ball, taking 3-16 and Richard Scorer also impressed (3-29) to win the game, despite Winn’s belligerent knock of 67, with eight fours and a six, for the home side as they were all out for 125 in 36.3 overs.

Peterlee kept in touch with the leaders, beating Boldon CA by 38 runs.

Peterlee batted first and made 217-3, with Michael Thorpe (38) and Aaron Shellie, with a brilliant 146 not out, scoring the majority of the runs.

In reply, Boldon CA fell short on 179, James Patterson top-scoring with 34. David Craig was the star with the ball, taking 3-39.

Marsden also kept in touch at the top, with a nine-wicket win at Ryhope.

Steven Neilson (3-20) and John Leslie (3-13) did the damage with the ball, with only Sagar Udeshi (32) and Chris Lawrence (23) making any meaningful contribution in Ryhope’s 88 all out.

Chris Mann (31no) and Sam Dowens (48no) knocked off the runs in 16 overs for an easy win.

What a remarkable game it turned out to be between Langley Park and Evenwood. The home side smashed 280-8 and lost!

Simon Huscroft (65), Robin Hiles (81no) and Connor Surtees (33) made the runs for Langley and they would have thought that they had enough runs in the bank.

But Luke Bannister (57), Thomas Teesdale snr (117no) and Mo Khan (75no) smashed the ball all around the park to clinch a memorable win.