SEAHAM Park claimed a welcome victory over Murton and they now look handily placed to mount a second half of the season challenge for promotion in Readers Durham Cricket League Division Two yesterday.
Dave Hanson hit eight boundaries in a 111-ball 63, and, with John Sample adding 72 from 94 balls, Park had the confidence to declare on 200.
Sample then completed a fine all-round personal display as he bagged five Murton wickets for just 21 runs in 11.3 overs.
With Alex Ludlow picking up 3-27, the visitors were bowled out for 134 in 39.3 overs to lose by 66 runs.
Leaders Durham City were also unable to force a win despite another century from Aussie Nick Maiolo. His 110 from 102 balls was the main contribution in a formidable total of 253-7 in 42 overs, but Ryhope managed to cling on at 190-8 from 52 overs as Adrian Hedley hit another half century.
Despite City’s failure to win, Whiteleas (168-7) could not capitalise as they were held by Silksworth (228-5) after Paul Howe made an unbeaten 84 and Michael Nicholson added 46.
Robbie Jones and Mark Forster both grabbed three wickets for Silksworth.
The return of just eight points saw Leas slip 55 points adrift of Durham despite their move up the table into second.
Peterlee’s troubles increased as they went down by seven wickets to Shildon, a defeat which left them 17 points adrift at the foot of the table after Silksworth’s strong performance to outplay the Leas.
On Saturday, Ryhope put a sensational dent in Bill Quay’s Division Two promotion bid as they knocked off a formidable target of 259-4 to win by three wickets.
Quay’s pro, Anoop Pai, looked to have put his side in the driving seat when he hit 14 boundaries in an unbeaten 129, and with Chris Little adding a breezy 72 Quay declared after just 44 overs. But then Adrian Hedley (10 fours and 2 sixes in 64) and John Minnis (76) gave the Ryhope run chase the perfect start, dramatic victory eventually coming in the final over.
The unlocking of Quay opened the door for Whiteleas to re-establish their promotional claims, and they moved to within seven points of the second-placed club with a 63-run victory over Peterlee.
Skipper Owen Peterson hit 8 fours while compiling a 60-ball unbeaten half century which lifted Leas to 175-7, and then Kris McShane (4-27 from 12 overs) and Hamad Ul Hassan (3-0 from 4 overs) did the mopping up work as the visitors were bundled out for 112.
Durham City continued to set the standards at the top of the table, a century from Nick Maiolo in 84 balls the feature of a second wicket stand of 161 with Will Allum (67no) which enabled City to declare on 223-1 against Silksworth. Paul Moralee (4-36) and Danni Hazell (3-14) then flattened the Silks for 105.
Murton held their nerve after being bowled out for just 125 at Langley Park, their bowlers responding in kind to topple Park for 113. Faz Hussain was the hero, bagging 6-26, his return including a hat-trick, and he was given excellent support by Ammar Mahfooz (3-25) as the visitors took 26 points from just their second win of the summer.
The most remarkable turnaround of the day came at Shildon where visitors Ushaw Moor were staring down the barrel on 85-8 before an unbroken ninth wicket stand of 105 took them to 189-8. Stephen
Hancock (67no) and Andrew Metcalfe (53no) were the saviours turned match winners as shell-shocked Shildon were rolled over for 92, Stephen Milburn bagging 5-34.