BOLDON CA delivered one of the major surprises of the summer as they became the first team to topple Burnmoor, and with leaders Esh Winning failing to take any real advantage the Readers Durham Cricket League championship door has been left slightly ajar for a couple of the chasing pack, who thought their chance had gone.
CA went into the match in decent enough form. Prior to last week’s defeat, when they had a weakened team in the field, they had won the previous seven on the trot, so they presented a real threat to the Moor.
And that threat became reality as they bowled exceptionally well to restrict their visitors to a modest 138-7 from 50 overs.
Ian Male was chief screw tightener as he sent down 12 immaculate overs to finish with figures of three for 19, only David Lowther (31) able to shake off the shackles for a short period of time.
The home team took a bolder approach to the run chase, Gary Frater providing the impetus with an opening 65 which included a six and eight other boundaries.
His third-wicket partnership with Alvenis Simon put Boldon completely in control, and even when three wickets fell in relatively quick succession Simon remained to see the job through with an unbeaten 38.
The five-wicket victory lifted CA two places to seventh but Burnmoor’s disappointment was eased slightly when news filtered through that Esh Winning had only picked up ten points from their draw at Shildon.
Their lead is now ten points with six games to go.
With the top two faltering, Castle Eden were able to make up some ground when they won by five wickets at Hylton,
Richard Ede was the star turn with a 10-over burst of six for 38 that whipped the home team out for 80 in only 20.3 overs.
Adam Bewick (3-13) did his best to get Hylton back in the game but skipper John Spellman held firm with an unbeaten 35 to lead his side to success inside 19 overs.
Horden are vying with Tudhoe to be the form team of the moment. Both sides won again on Saturday, results which extended Horden’s unbeaten run to 13.
But for Tudhoe, victory at Ryhope made it 17 without loss and they are now a solid fourth in the standings, just ten points behind Castle Eden.
Ryhope were unfortunate to be on the end of a Simon Davies masterclass.
He smashed 146 from just 96 balls, no fewer than 116 of those runs coming in boundaries, ten of which were sixes.
Faced with such power, Ryhope did reasonably well to hold Tudhoe to 277-4 in 47 overs, but then the loss of their first four batsmen for just 12 runs eradicated any thoughts of glory.
Alan Raine (64 from 92 balls) joined Luke Anderson (34 in 66 balls) in a feisty rearguard action but when West Indian Shawn Findlay returned to the attack he took both men out and went on to return figures of five for 19 as the home team crumbled to 167 all out.
Horden weren’t overly convincing with the bat in their home game against Bill Quay, but they certainly were with the ball.
A 47-over total of 185-7 looked just about par for the course, but the Quay were unlocked by a 10-over blast from Dave Gilbert who claimed outstanding figures of seven for 31, and with Scott Birks bagging the other three to fall the visitors were skittled for 71.
Amazingly, one man contributed 50 of those runs, Dan Pearson’s half century coming from exactly 50 balls faced.