HYLTON turned in their best Readers Durham Cricket League performance of the season, winning only their second game as they chopped down Coast League champions Murton by eight wickets.
Aussie leg-spinner Ben Muir, a recent signing for Hylton, caused all sorts of problems in nine overs of mayhem, picking up five wickets at a personal cost of just 12 runs. With Steve Merrington chipping in with 3-14, Murton slumped to 77 all out in 29.4 overs.
The game was then done and dusted inside a further 14 overs as the home team rushed to their victory, Gary Braithwaite leading the charge with sixboundaries in his top-scoring 30.
The defeat dealt a blow to Murton’s ambitions of finishing in a crucial top 14 slot, while victory for Hylton re-ignited their own hopes of doing just that.
Seaham Park finally secured their first victory – and they achieved it in comprehensive fashion as Gaurav Jathar registered his maiden century for the club.
Jathar cracked eight fours and seven sixes as he roared his way to a splendid 131 at fellow strugglers Shildon Railway, and despite a feisty rearguard action by the Railwaymen they ran out of steam to lose by 70 runs with three overs of the game remaining.
Park declared on 236-8 after Jathar’s virtuoso display, helped by 24 from Alan Anderson, and then Railway were shunted aside for 166 as Ali Watson, Jathar an d Mick McNicholas all claimed three wickets.
Boldon CA are looking solid top-half material now, and they were inspired to their fifth win by skipper Tommy Nixon.
Nixon hit 36 of CA’s modest 144, with David Batty adding 42, and then he put the cat among the Mainsforth pigeons with a 12-over spell in which he picked up 5-25, the visitors eventually being bowled out for 116.
Philadelphia retained their unbeaten tag but had to settle for a share of the spoils at Dawdon. Phili made 223-7, with Gary Hewitt’s superb 85 supported by Matty Haswell (45) and Anthony Hornby (31), while Anthony Watson bowled brilliantly to snatch 5-45.
In reply, the Green Drive men struggled to 139-8, with Jamie Greenwood (34) and Stephen Gale (30) leading the way. Adam McGuire bagged 3-45.
Marsden defeated Ryhope by six wickets. Mickey Thorpe (22) top-scored, helped by 20 apiece from Tom Lemon and Andrew Scollen, in the hosts’ 125 all out, as Zakhele Ncube plundered 6-35. Conor Elliott’s unbeaten 61 steered Marsden home on 131-4.
Horden crushed neighbours Peterlee by 97 runs. The Colliers managed 180-7, with Stephen McCoy (35) and Adam Dixon (34) top-scoring, before their hosts were skittled for 57 as Carl Watson (5-18) and Max Bailey (4-19) ran the show.
Durham City endured a disappointing 53-run defeat at home to Ushaw Moor, who declared on 195-8 and then dismissed City for 142, with Jake McCann (42) top-scoring.
Silksworth suffered to the tune of 107 runs at the hands of Kimblesworth, who reached 230-5. Michael Waterson and Robbie Jones took two wickets apiece, but Silksworth struggled with the bat, ending all out for 123 despite 40 from Scott Davison and Waterson’s 38.
Bill Quay moved into the top 14 with a seven-wicket win over Whiteleas.