Durham dazzlers defeat Eppleton

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DURHAM City defeated Eppleton by 76 runs in the Durham Cricket Board Under-15s Central Division.

Durham skipper Scott Steel won the toss and elected to bat, setting Eppleton a target of 162-5 from 20 overs.

Opening batsman Steel retired on 54 from only 32 balls after hitting two fours and four sixes, while Nathan Bushnell fired 46 from 36 balls and Cameron Fyfe was caught by Lewis Wardle for 28.

Layla Tipton picked up two wickets for Eppleton, with Charlie Ord and Joe Blacklock bagging one each.

Eppleton made a blistering start to their reply, but the loss of Blacklock hit them hard. Old hit a fine 36 and Wardle made 18 not out, but they fell well short on 91-4, with Bushnell taking 2-18. Sam Palmer Muttitt and Joseph Dean also struck.

Sacriston overcame Hetton Lyons by seven wickets.

Alex Storey top scored with 47 for Lyons before being stumped by Thomas Ludlow, in their 115-7, backed by 17 from Daniel Moffatt. Nathan Hall (2-24) and Sol Bell (2-16) struck for Sacriston.

Sacriston then knocked off the win in 16.5 overs, scoring 119-3. Openers Daniel Stephenson (24) and Nathan Hall (27) provided the impetus, with Jason Embleton (34) and Dominic Scott (26no) making sure of victory.

Harry Morgan (2-22) and Connor Grimes (1-10) picked up wickets.

In the North East Division, Oliver Sampson-Barnes hit an unbeaten 50 as Boldon made 120-1 before Maddison bagged 4-7 to restrict Felling to 42-7.

James Raine took 2-23 and Sid Corner 3-13 as Marsden dismissed Whitburn for 99, with Matthew Glover (18), Elliott Hearn (14) and Nathan Donkin (13) top-scoring.

But the Villagers were even more impressive with the ball, skittling Marsden for 35 as Glover plundered 4-9 and Hearn grabbed 2-6.

Brown’s unbeaten half-century led Easington to 118-1 against Murton in the South East Division, with Murton then bowled out for 33 as Ramshaw took 3-8.