YOUNGSTER Layla Tipton was the star of the show as Eppleton edged a 15-run success against Philadelphia in the DCB Junior League’s U18 Central Division.
Louis Wardle’s unbeaten 44 led Eppleton to 142-5 in 20 overs, backed by Charlie Ord (38) and Braydn Davis (21), while Peter Greenwell bagged 3-19 and Alex Davison picked up 2-20.
Phili started slowly in their reply, but once skipper Greenwell got his eye in, Phili looked like winners, needing only 16 from three overs.
But Tipton, more used to life in the U13s, changed the game when coming on to bowl in the 18th over, sensationally picking up 4-4, including the key wicket of Greenwell, caught one-handed by Joe Bute for 77 on the boundary.
Rachel Petherick scored 17, backed by 13 from Chris McNight, as Phili ended on 127-8.
Jack McBeth’s brilliant 82, backed by Nathan Holmes (41), led Hetton Lyons to 171-8 against Sacriston, who fell short on 129-4 despite 52 from Jack Keall. Charlie Winn bagged three wickets for Sacriston.
Ryhope will meet Seaham Harbour in the final of the South East Division’s John Lowery Memorial Trophy.
Dale Shaw’s unbeaten 52 led Harbour to an eight-wicket victory after Easington were bowled out for 82. Oliver Wheatman (3-10), Dylan Bacon (2-23) and Caleb Lowerson-Marshall (2-16) impressed with the ball for Harbour.
In the other semi-final, Ryhope were all out for 99, with Jake McCoy snatching 3-15. J. Tomlin (37) and P. Singh (30) provided the bulk of Ryhope’s runs.
But N. Bennett (4-18) and L. Stores (3-15) stole the show as Ryhope skittled Horden for 74 to complete a 25-run success.
H Hetton Lyons moved top of the U15s Central Division after a 25-run derby defeat of Eppleton.
Lyons made 119-3, Nathan Holmes carrying his bat for an unbeaten 50, supported by Alex Storey (23), while Joe Blacklock (2-5) and Louis Wardle (1-7) struck.
Charlie Ord got Eppleton off to a good start, hitting 50 not out from 39 balls, but they struggled to 95-4, with Ellis Stoker grabbing 3-11, while Harry Morgan and Holmes also pounced.
In the South East Division, Easington enjoyed a nine-wicket win over Seaham Harbour. Elliott Leslie (49) was the only Seaham batsman to reach double figures in their 79 all out as L. Ramshaw (4-10), Jordan Ramsay (3-9) and Matthew Wray (2-21) led the way.
Connor Williams (42) and Marcus Brown (26no) steered Easington home with seven balls to spare.
Horden defeated Peterlee by 60 runs. Jake McCoy retired on 50 in Horden’s 130-6, with Andrew Langthorne bagging 3-9. Peterlee were all out for 70, with E. Dunn (23) the only batter in double figures as McCoy and T. Best grabbed three wickets apiece.
In the North East Division, skipper James Colley (32) and Ryan Mcloughlin (36) steered Wearmouth to 120-5, before Marsden were restricted to 69-6.