SEAHAM Park stand on the brink of glory after dismissing the challenge of Silksworth to move into a 10-point lead with just one game left to play.
Rain was a threat all afternoon, but Park’s game started on time, with Silksworth opting to bat after winning the toss.
That decision backfired big style as Ali Watson (3-12) and Alex Ludlow (3-25) sliced through the top order to leave the visitors reeling on 20-6.
Skipper Steve Wright then tried to engineer a rescue act with a four and two sixes in his 31, but it was too little too late as his Park counterpart, Mike McNicholas (2-9), claimed his wicket to end the innings on 75 after 24 overs.
With the weather ever more threatening, and rain falling, Park crashed their way to a five wicket win in just 16 overs to record a rapid victory.
The Park players then made their way over to Bill Quay where Boldon CA were hoping to pick up 25 points, a return which would have taken them to the top.
They did the first part of the job in fine style, rattling up 175-4 in 33 overs before declaring to give themselves the maximum opportunity to force a victory.
Andy McCord led the run spree with a half century, which included seven boundaries, and then Lee Jackson (four fours and a six in 43no) and Jason Jones (five sixes in 36no) upped the ante to put CA in charge.
Quay were then put in a vice-like grip by the Boldon bowlers, and with Ian Male causing real problems in a 12-over spell, in which he picked up 5-34, the Albion were never in with a chance of threatening the visitors total, eventually clinging on at 114-8 after 35 overs to deny CA the victory spoils.
Seaham Harbour’s feint hopes of staying in with a shout were ended at Ryhope where they were beaten by four wickets after laying down a challenge to their hosts by declaring on 152-6 after 33.5 overs.
Sean McKenna was in scintillating form for Harbour, launching four sixes and eight fours in his 76, but Dave Gilbert’s four wickets kept some grip on proceedings for the home team and then Lee Gilbert blasted six fours and three sixes in a match winning 59 that secured success inside 26 overs.
Elsewhere, Shoaib Akhtar (eight fours and three sixes in 77) and Stephen Gale (60) set up Dawdon’s total of 200-3, and this proved 55 too many for Easington as Dave Coates (4-41) led an incisive attack.
Ben Taylor bagged four wickets for Hylton as Murton were bowled out for 98, a total Chris Allan made mincemeat of as he lashed an unbeaten 73 in a nine-wicket win.
A cracking game at Peterlee ended honours even, but only just as the home team responded to Washington’s 176-5 with a nerve jangling 175-9, a number of batsmen sharing the glory.
H Sacriston were one of those teams thankful for the weather as they went to the top of the NTSL after toppling Ashington.
At the same time as they were picking up the victory, the leaders at the start of the day, Swalwell, were rained off when in complete charge of their game against Chopwell.
Sacriston now hold a eight point lead with just two games to play.