Durham Cricket League: Rain rocks Ryhope’s promotion push as Burnopfield rise into second spot behind leaders Seaham Park

Philidalphia bowler Adam McGuire bowling to Hylton's Andrew Kibble
Philidalphia bowler Adam McGuire bowling to Hylton's Andrew Kibble
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Ryhope are beginning to lose ground in the Division Two promotion race after falling victim to the weather in their game at Ushaw Moor yesterday.

Things were going well when a thunderstorm intervened to swamp the ground and end all hopes of play 22 overs into the second innings. Ryhope had put on 238-6 in 47 overs before declaring, Connor Pearson and Paul Jenkin both recording half-centuries, but, with Moor already behind the clock on 74-2, the match ended abruptly with Ryhope only picking up 11 points.

Burnopfield, meanwhile, galloped to a six-wicket victory over Peterlee, as Gareth Breese added an unbeaten 58 to his growing runs aggregate for the season. The win took them 17 points clear in second spot, although they still trail leaders Seaham Park by 55, having played a game more.

Ushaw Moor clung on to fourth spot, but, with Whiteleas and Marsden completing weekend doubles, and each gaining 30 points in their second matches, there are now just a handful of points separating those three sides.

A six-wicket haul from Scott Embleton enabled Leas to bowl Langley Park out for 141 in 34 overs, and it took just 27 overs to secure a five-wicket win. Mark Woodhead (52 not out and 3-23) was the main man for Marsden as they defeated Houghton by 65 runs.

After excelling on Saturday, Shashi Kadam was at it again for Littletown as they overwhelmed Silksworth by 152 runs after posting 202-8 first up. Kadam top scored with 58, and then went on to take five wickets for just four runs as Silksworth folded for 50.

Ben Wicling hit 36 as Murton cruised to an eight-wicket win, after Tom Ewing (6-36) and Chris Winn (4-35) skittled Evenwood for just 78.

Things could not have gone much better for Seaham Park on Saturday. The runaway leaders only had one game this weekend, so a maximum 30-point haul from their nine-wicket rout of Langley Park was the best they could hope for – along with the main challengers dropping points.

The Langley game only lasted a total of 29.3 overs as the visitors were shot out for a paltry 56, Alex Ludlow blasting six out in an 11-over stint that cost him 37 runs, and Siddharth Chitnis taking 3-19.

Kit Allan (28 from 28 balls) and Dave Hanson (23no) wasted no time in sinking Langley.

Ryhope’s key clash with Burnopfield was affected by the overnight rain which caused a delayed start, but once they were up and running the visitors cracked on, making 209-9 before declaring in the 42nd over. Despite half-centuries from John Minnis and Paul Jenkin, Ryhope fell away in the chase, and closed on 158-7 from 38 overs.

Ryan Dowens (63) and Nathan Ullah (60) setting up a 35 over declaration for Whiteleas on 199-9, and Sunny Brahma (4-21) helped bowl out Houghton for 103.

Marsden proved too powerful for Silksworth, bowling them out for 162 and then knocking off the runs for the loss of just two wickets – Patrick Jackson (4-12) and Chris Mann (60 not out) were their key contributors.

Peterlee enjoyed an eight-wicket home victory over Murton, youngster Joe Spalding underlining his promise with an 8.3-over spell of 5-14, and Littletown (176-9) thwarted Ushaw Moor (194-8 declared), Shashi Kadam their main man with two wickets and a 59-ball 58.