Durham Cricket League: Seaham Park in top spot after McKenzie, Walker set up victory over Castle Eden

Ushaw Moor batsman Lewis Cook attempts to sweep Ryhope's Sagar Udeshi on Saturday
Ushaw Moor batsman Lewis Cook attempts to sweep Ryhope's Sagar Udeshi on Saturday
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Seaham Park sit proudly in pole position in Division One after continuing their impressive start to the season with a five-wicket win at home to Castle Eden on Saturday.

The visitors batted first and made only 120, thanks to Andrew McKenzie (3-30) and Michael Walker (3-27), who bowled well as the first change at both ends, with Alan Unsworth top-scoring with 37.

Ryhope bowler Matthew Jane bowls to Ushaw Moor opener Michael Thorpe on Saturday

Ryhope bowler Matthew Jane bowls to Ushaw Moor opener Michael Thorpe on Saturday

In reply, Park knocked off the runs required, with Neil Young scoring 36 and Dale Shaw 31 not out, despite Unsworth taking an excellent 4-11 with the ball.

Durham City edged home by two wickets at home to Dawdon.

The Green Drive side declared on 162-9 after 48 overs at Green Lane, led by Nathan Newton’s impressive 110-ball 55, which included seven fours and a six.

Steven Gale hit three fours in 41 and Alan Anderson had four boundaries in 29, while Andrew Gale and Liam Cowell hit 13 apiece down the order.

City’s Nick Howe snatched 5-29 in 12 overs, with Andrew Hutchinson, Danielle Hazell and Paul Moralee also striking.

City slumped to 34-4 in reply before Callum Steel’s run-a-ball 40, with four fours and two sixes, helped turn the game. Backed by Laurence Ashley (27, with four boundaries) and Hutchinson (44, with five fours and two sixes) guided Durham home in the 40th over.

David Coates took 4-40 in vain, while Mark Ewart bagged 2-40 and Ryan Consist and Innis also struck.

High-flying Easington secured their first win over neighbours Horden since the revamp of the leagues in 2013, winning by 67 runs, with 12 balls remaining.

Easington batted first and half of the team were back in the pavilion with 137 runs on the board, professional Jimev Joshi top-scoring on 36.

But John Leslie hit eight boundaries and two huge sixes in a priceless 59, with Robbie Atherton adding 37 against his former club as Easington were bowled out for 216. Dan Brown (4-66) and Scott Birks (3-39) were the pick of the Horden attack, though, worryingly, Lal Kumar could only bowl one over, having not fully recovered from his arm injury.

Horden felt they were undone by one or two contentious decisions from the umpires in their reply, which saw them bowled out for 149.

Shevi Akhtar top-scored with 45, with seven fours and a six, but his departure, on 117-7, spelt the end of Horden’s hopes,while Lee Jackson and Scott Birks both managed 19.

Jordan Wilson finished with 4-53, backed by Jonathan Ward (2-32), while Gary Ward only conceded 23 runs in his superb 12-over spell.

Littletown succumbed by three wickets to Esh Winning.

The hosts endured a calamitous start, collapsing to 8-4, losing all four wickets without adding a run, before the ship was steadied by Berwick Hall (33, with seven fours), Jordan Woodley (34, with five fours), Bryan Conlon (35, with seven fours) and Joe Dodd (21, with two fours and a six). They closed on 160 all out in 34.4 overs.

Paul Chivers snaffled 4-43, backed by two wickets apiece for Chris Simpson and Jamie Robinson.

Esh put on 49 for their first wicket, thanks to John Carmedy (18) and Jamie Robinson (73, with eight fours and three sixes) but they struggled against Dodd’s bowling and fell to 88-7 before Robinson was joined by Chivers (44, with 10 boundaries) to steer Esh home in the 29th over.

Dodd was outstanding for Littletown, taking 5-62, while Hall bagged 2-46.

Whiteleas are second, after a draw at Tudhoe, who batted first. Opener Alex McGrath scored an excellent century (103), ably assisted by Abhiram Joshi, who made 48, and Daniel Thexton (73) in a total of 257-6, with Sid Corner taking 3-43.

In reply, Whiteleas lost early wickets and settled for the draw on 128-8, with Ryan Dowens scoring 60 and Roshan Jayatissa taking 3-33.

Philadelphia’s game at Bill Quay was called off.

In Division Two, leaders Crook won by seven wickets away to Silksworth.

The home side fell to 1-2 and 9-3 before rallying under an excellent 61-ball knock of 40 from Michael Waterson, with four fours and a six, although they were 42-8 before he was joined by Nazeer Nisthar (27 not out, with four boundaries) to lift the total to 86 all out in 35 overs.

David Embleton plundered 6-21 in 12 overs, with two wickets apiece for George Westlake and Steven Chapman.

Crook lost Chapman early in their reply, but Stuart Newton (32, with four fours) and Westlake (35, with seven fours) guided the visitors home in 16.5 overs. Chris Ledger and Gary McAvoy struck for Silksworth.

Ushaw Moor posted 203-6 declared in 44 overs, after Ryhope’s bowlers had them struggling at 77-6.

Ushaw Moor lost six wickets for 38 after reaching 39-0, with Mike Thorpe hitting 35.

Peter Maddison, batting at seven, hit three fours and five sixes in a pivotal 56-ball 59, well supported by No 8 Steven Milburn, whose 40-ball 55 included 10 fours and a six.

Sagar Udeshi was outstanding with the ball for Ryhope, snatching 5-12 in 12 overs, while Jonny Errington took the other wicket to fall.

In reply, Ryhope were in trouble from the off, with none of the first seven batsmen reaching double figures as they collapsed to 58-9. Last man Chris Errington top-scored with two fours and a six in a 26-ball 28, backed by Jonny Hayes (15no) and Jonny Errington (13) in a 32.2-over total of 101 all out, going down by 102 runs.

Patrick Stephenson weighed in with 6-28, while Stephen Hancock and Lee Hayton both struck twice.

Peterlee and Hylton played out a close-fought draw.

The Newtowners batted first and made 195-8, with Bhatt scoring 32 and Joseph Spalding 61 not out, with Marlon Black taking two wickets.

Hylton then responded with 182-8, coming up just 14 runs short of victory. Andy Kibble hit 57 and John Stokoe added 31, with JP Meade returning the best bowling figures of 3-52.

Evenwood made 182-8 against Marsden, with Owen Peddlety scoring 33, Fasil Mahmood 31 and Daniel Wallace 29, with Chris Mann taking 3-37.

Marsden quickly settled for the draw after losing two early wickets, with Colin Mann making 43 and Nisal Francisco 41.

Murton saw their game at Langley Park called off.