Easington quick out the blocks

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Easington burst to the top of the Durham Cricket League in the first games of the bank holiday double header, as they took maximum points from their trip to Shildon.

Having already beaten Hylton on the opening day, they looked to be making short work of their hosts as they rattled up 225-3 inside 39 overs and then promptly declared having secured their full quota of batting points.

The impetus was provided by Dave Tarn’s unbeaten 76, which included five fours and three sixes, and Kamran Mansoor’s 78, in which he hit 10 boundaries.

The declaration came as soon as Mansoor was out, but they nearly came to rue their largesse, when the Railwaymen steamed along to 190-3 on the back of a brilliant 93 from skipper Greg Upton.

All this before being derailed, as their last seven wickets fell for just 24 runs after Upton was out.

From a position of needing just 36 to win, with forever and a day left in terms of time, Shildon capitulated alarmingly to lose by just 11 runs.

Esh Winning are level with Easington and their early appearance at the summit will surprise no one.

They didn’t have things all their own way in defeating Silksworth by five wickets though, with the Nield brothers enjoying some batting success, and then Stephen Wright threatening with the ball.

Craig Nield hit six boundaries in his opening half century and when sibling David added 34, there was hope of a decent total.

However, the last six batsmen mustered just 30 runs between them as Paul Chivers (3-38) and Jon Hodgson (4-20) turned up the heat and the Silks folded for 135 in 47.5 overs.

Silksworth had their hopes raised once more when they whipped out three top Esh batsmen for ducks, but Jalat Khan then joined the rock-solid David Lowther, and the game was suddenly gone.

Khan smashed seven fours and two sixes in a whirlwind 21-ball knock of 44, only losing his wicket when holing out on the boundary when trying to bring up his half century with a maximum.

Lawlor then completed the job with an unbeaten 41, despite Wright’s 4-45.

Whiteleas made it two wins from two outings, despite the fact that their overseas man didn’t make it in time to play.

In a low scoring game which featured seven lbw decisions, Rob Scorer’s all-round brilliance proved decisive as the former South Shields man made a crucial 31 not out as the home team struggled to 144-9 in 50 overs, and then claimed 4-28 as Seaham Park were dismissed for 118.