DURHAM City’s tilt at the Readers Durham Cricket League Second Division title – and a first championship since the Durham Senior League in 1987 – remains bang on course following a dominant display at Peterlee, where they brushed their hosts aside by 129 runs.
Will Allum “Alluminated” the afternoon with nine boundaries in his 122-ball 85. With skipper Jake McCann adding 35 at the top of the order, City looked in decent shape after declaring on 180-9.
There was some consolation for home duo Shaun Taylor and Chris Moran, who managed to pick up six cheap wickets between them, but they had to cede the day’s bowling honours to Nick Maiolo, Durham’s Aussie bagging 7-21 in 12 devastating overs that left Peterlee all out for 51.
But at least it could have been worse – they were 26-8 at one stage.
There were not many runs at Seaham Park – only 169 were scored while 20 wickets fell – although the consolation for the home team was that they emerged on the right side of the win-lose equation.
Park were bundled out for 98 in 42.5 overs, with Ryhope’s John Errington (5-32 from 11.5 overs) along with Amur Purewal (3-7 from six overs), responsible for the home team’s demise.
But then John Sample and Alex Ludlow dished out even more misery for the batsmen as they shared eight wickets, visitors Ryhope crumbling to 71 all out and a 27-run defeat.
Silksworth found it tough at Bill Quay.
The home team amassed 220-3 before declaring after 44 overs, Jeff Tudor the main man with an unbeaten 95.
Adam Fairley did his best to smooth the way for Silksworth with a good looking 58, but he found no support as the visitors dissolved to 121 all out.
Whiteleas endured a bad day as they lost by three wickets at Ushaw Moor.
Leas made just 110, but it could have been far worse as they were rescued by last pair Rob Scorer (29) and Ryan Hale (24no) from total ignominy.
Hale even gave his team hope when he grabbed four wickets, but Ushaw Moor eventually eased past their modest target, with Peter Maddison (40no) standing firm.