JUST 24 hours after an amazing batch of results, some normal order was resumed in yesterday’s programme as Burnmoor recovered their composure to secure a convincing 84-run victory over close rivals Dawdon, taking them 15 points clear at the top of the Readers Durham Cricket League.
With Dawdon losing for the second time in as many days, and Esh Winning beaten by Tudhoe, the latter emerged as the only team among the leading pack to pick up two victories in the double header, and they are now Burnmoor’s closest challengers.
Paul Craig inspired the Moor to their success, hitting 11 fours and a six on his way to 73.
Despite Mark Ewart picking up four wickets, the leaders were able to declare on 197-6 after 45 overs. Dawdon then found Brydon Carse too hot to handle, the South African picking up 5-39 in 10.3 overs as the visitors crumbled to 110 all out.
Two defeats in two days leave them almost 40 points off the pace.
Jalat Khan was once again the Esh Winning star, hitting three fours and five sixes in making 89 out of a total of 176 against Tudhoe.
But Danny Thexton then steered the hosts to a crucial success, cracking eight fours and three sixes in an unbeaten 78 off 91 balls. Tudhoe won emphatically with seven wickets and more than 10 overs to spare.
It was a case of after the Lord Mayor’s show for Easington, their surprise win over Dawdon the day before being followed by defeat at Horden, where they were bowled out for 100 in 31.4 overs.
Adam Dixon shone for Horden, grabbing 4-20, and they rushed to a four-wicket wicket win, victory arriving from the second ball of the 21st over.
Boldon CA forced a draw against Hylton, who made 177-9, helped by 42 apiec from Clint Gilbert and Steven Lee-Merrington.
Gary Frater’s 60 led Boldon CA to 152-6 in their reply, with home skipper Alan Mustard snaffling 3-69.
On Saturday, Easington blew the championship race wide open when they toppled Dawdon.
The signing of Adrian Hedley from Ryhope paid immediate dividends as the former Horden big-hitter made the match-winning contribution with the bat to see his side through to a surprise seven-wicket success.
Earlier, Jordan Wilson, had given Easington their chance of glory as he bagged 6-27 in a 12-over spell which was the major factor in Dawdon making just 178-9 in 45 overs, John Leslie top scoring with 39. Hedley (79) and David Tarn (57) then rattled up a rapid century opening partnership, and Easington never looked back as they rushed home in just 25 overs.
Boldon CA rocked Burnmoor, whose batsmen failed to get to grips with a wicket favouring the bowlers.
Stephen Meek (40 from 53 balls) was the only man to look capable of breaking the shackles imposed by Ian Male (4-13 from 12 overs), and when he was trapped by the incoming Male the visitors could only post 123 in 39 overs, a total the remarkably recovered professional Shashank Singh (58 not out from 73 balls), who had expected to be sidelined by injury for several weeks, eased his team past inside 33 overs.
Esh Winning enjoyed an 88-run win over Marsden, earning them 29 points, the win all the more remarkable after they lost seven batsmen for 23 runs at the start of the game.
Tudhoe overcame hosts Hylton by six wickets, successfully chasing down a target of 131 which owed virtually everything to opener Chris Allan, who carried his bat to close on 67 not out. Simon Davies (41no) and Dan Hardaker (40) then steered Tudhoe home.
Horden added to Philadelphia’s woes, the Bunker Hill boys ending just 12 points above the drop zone after losing by three wickets when they really should have won.
Skipper Shaun Smith (40) did his best to inspire his team, but Sahil Madgaonkar’s five-wicket haul, alongside captain Carl Watson’s 3-35, saw Phili pinned down to 138 in 47.5 overs.
Phili fought back and had Horden on the brink when their seventh wicket fell with only 80 on the board, only for Stephen McCoy (42no) and Stephen Brett (27no) to break home hearts with a match-winning eighth-wicket partnership worth 61 priceless runs.
Castle Eden clobbered Crook, John Spellman junior making an unbeaten 90, his innings including 11 boundaries and coming from 122 balls to lift Castle Eden to 184-7. Skipper Keith Bailey (4-16) then put the skids under Town who folded to 76 all out.