Junior cricket: Eppleton at the double

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EPPLETON secured wins on successive nights to boost their chances of success in the Ken Ferguson Memorial Trophy – the Central Division’s League Cup in the Durham Cricket Board Under-15 Junior League.

The Church Road lads first outgunned Philadelphia by 10 wickets.

Opener Louis Carney batted wel for the Bunker Hill side, scoring 31, but their run-rate slowed on his dismissal and Phili finished on 82-5, as Nyle Davis and skipper Joe Blacklock both struck twice.

In reply, Eppleton knocked the score off in 10 overs as Charlie Ord hit three fours and three sixes before retiring on 50, while Blacklock added 27.

The next night, Eppleton beat Burnmoor by 10 wickets. Under-11 off-spinner Jake Pratt and Davis both grabbed two cheap wickets, with Connor O’Neill top-scoring for Moor with 18. Liam Smiles, Jae Jarvis and Bradley Bainbridge also struck. Ord’s 26 not out steered Eppleton home in six overs.

Joe Riley hit 35 for Chester-le-Street in their 75-6, but Sacriston (80-1) won by nine wickets as Nathan Hall (30) and Daniel Stephenson (25no) shone.

In the South East Division Cup, Ryhope beat South Hetton by eight wickets after Watts grabbed 4-7 in the hosts’ 58-8, with Sykes (37) top-scoring.

Seaham Harbour restricted Horden to 45-7 before easing home by seven wickets. Jake McCoy (10) top-scored for Horden as Aaron Swainston, Callum Hutchinson, Niall Crosby, Elliott Leslie, Matthew Hodgson, Joseph Hodgson and Harry Sennett all bagged wickets.

Swainston and Leslie both hit 13 as Harbour reached 46-3 to win.

In the DCB Junior U18 League, Easington restricted Horden to 62-9, Barrow taking 4-5, before winning by four wickets in their South East Division John Lowery Memorial Cup tie.

Ryhope made a daunting 146-2, as Kirkley (68) and Tomlin (51) starred with the bat, but the game was abandoned when Castle Eden were 26-4 in reply.

In the Central Division, Jack Hardy’s unbeaten 57 steered Sacriston to 103-3, but rain intervened when Burnmoor were 15-1.

Durham City conceded their match at Washington.

Marsden posted 199-3 against hosts Wearmouth in the North East Division Cup before the match was abandoned with the Carley Hill lads 33-2.

Washington walloped Eppleton in the last round of the Under-13s Central Division Cup.

Sammi Singh Rai was the top performer for Washington, snaffling four wickets for only three runs in his two overs, while Lewis Oliver picked up 2-1 as Eppleton were bowled out for 37 in 12 overs, Jae Jarvis top-scoring on 14, including a six.

Earlier, Washington’s opening batters both retired not out as Matthew Brown (31) and Ajay Singh Rai (31) led them to 137-2, Harry Pickering adding 16.

* See today’s Sunderland Echo for team pictures of Philadelphia and Eppleton’s Under-15s.