Junior cricket: Liam, Matthew combine to see off Eppleton U15s

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WASHINGTON outgunned Eppleton by eight wickets in the Durham Cricket Board’s Under-15 Ken Ferguson Memorial Central Division Cup.

Eppleton struggled to make 51-6 in 20 overs, with Layla Tipton (9) top-scoring, while Sammy Singh Rai was the pick of the bowlers, bagging 2-4.

Washington eased home in eight overs, with Matthew Brown hitting 19 before being caught by Tipton, while Liam Hickey hit 18 before being given out lbw the bowling of Liam Smiles.

In the same division, Hetton Lyons scored an eight-wicket victory over Chester-le-Street.

Vaibav Tiwari made an unbeaten 50, including four fours, as Chester reached 87-3, backed by Bethany Walker (12) and Scott Robson (11).

Owen Wilson and Kurt Box both struck for Lyons, while Harry Morgan forced a run-out.

Harry Morgan led Lyons to victory with his own, unbeaten 50, while Owen Wilson added 20 as they reached 88-2.

Jonathan Bushnell’s unbeaten 47 helped Durham City reach 98-5, but Charlie Winn (34) helped Sacriston to a tie on 98-6.

In the South East Division’s WA Bennett Cup, Horden defeated neighbours Peterlee by six wickets.

Kieran Allison (23) top-scored in Peterlee’s 81-7, with Lee grabbing 3-6. Horden then cruised home on 84-2, with Roberts (44no) and Iceton (23) doing the damage.

Seaham Harbour pipped Castle Eden by 13 runs, despite being restricted to 79-5, with home side only managing 66-4 in reply.

Meanwhile, Eppleton Under-11s lost by eight runs to Durham City in the Central Division’s Pete Burlinson Cup.

Thomas Power (12) led City to 50-3, but, despite an unbeaten 27 from Jake Pratt and Josh Hutchinson’s 16 not out, Eppleton fell just short.

Will Bland (3-14 and Henry Hopkins (3-16) starred with the ball for City.