Junior cricket: Fyfe on fire, but Yorkshire outgun Durham U15s

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Durham Under-15s suffered another defeat, going down by four wickets at the hands of Yorkshire in the ECB County Cup.

Durham skipper Nathan Hall won the toss and elected to bat at Ampleforth and the visitors started well, scoring 72 before the first wicket fell when Cameron Fyfe was run out on 52 from 95 balls, soon followed Will Jewitt being caught for 26.

Durham’s wickets kept falling, with Sam Brigham (22), Nathan Hall (18) and Marcus Brown (17) all contributing before the visitors were bowled out for 184.

Yorkshire opener Aidan Bradley top-scored with 74 from 110 balls in the home response, though they endured a sticky spell, with four wickets falling for just 27 runs, but Alec Drury hit an unbeaten 29 to see off Durham.

Skipper Hall and Jack Rowley both struck twice for Durham, with Aaron Halliday grabbing a wicket and Alex Davison forcing a run-out.

Eppleton Under-11s secured a cup final spot against Hetton Lyons or Chester-le-Street after a 33-run victory over Durham City at Green Lane.

Eppleton got off to a bad start, losing five wickets in four overs, but an unbeaten 20 from Luke Johnson, 13 from Jake Pratt and 12 from Jye Richardson led Eppleton to 95-8.

Tom Power and Henry Hopkins both picked up two wickets, with Rowe grabbing 3-8.

City never got going in their reply, with no-one reaching double figures as they struggled to 62-3. Josh Hutchinson, Richardson and Adam Welch all bagged wickets.

Dawdon U11s defeated South Hetton by 92 runs, while Murton pipped Seaham Park by just three runs and Chester-le-Street overcame Washington by 74. Seaham Harbour won by 32 runs against Horden, while Ryhope got the better of Peterle.

Eppleton Under-13s outgunned Hetton Lyons A by eight wickets to reach the Central Division League Cup final.

Miles Birbeck (30no), Tom Lawson (24) and Alex Dreze (18) steered Lyons to 123-4, with Kristian Jefferson taking 2-22. Eppleton chased down Hetton’s total in 18 overs, Callum Jefferson starring with an unbeaten 34 in 25 balls, with five sixes, backed by Layla Tipton (33no) and Jake Pratt (21).

In the final at Washington, Durham City will be their opponents.