NE Premier League: Coyne’s last-ball run-out seals dramatic tie for Eppleton

Burnmoor bowler Steve Meek in action at Ashbrooke on Saturday.
Burnmoor bowler Steve Meek in action at Ashbrooke on Saturday.
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Eppleton secured a thrilling Premier Division tie with a run-out of the last ball of an enthralling battle with Benwell Hill on Saturday.

Both teams were dismissed for 165 on a dramatic afternoon at Church Road.

Jandre Erasmus’s brilliant knock of 88, with seven fours and four sixes, was the highlight of the Eppleton innings, after they struggled to 29-5 early on.

Dean Musther added a priceless 32, with five fours. For Benwell Hill, Max Williamson grabbed 4-49 and there were three wickets apiece for Haseeb Azam and Anthony Hunter.

In the visitors’ reply, opener Adam Heather made 61, with Peter Halliday adding 30 down the order. The Tynesiders needed just one run off the final ball to win the game, but Anthony Hunter was run out by Joseph Coyne in a memorable finish.

Craig Scurr wound up with 4-41, supported by Coyne (3-43).

Durham Cricket Academy enjoyed a fine six-wicket win at Newcastle, their second success of the season.

They triumphed despite Joshua Phillipe surging to an impressive century, making 112 off 110 balls, with 19 fours, for the home side.

Sean Tindale, with a patient 30, abnd Jacques Du Toit (27) took the Newcastle score up to 228-6 declared.

Youngster Matthew Potts grabbed 2-43, with William Angus, Akashsingh Gopal, Brodie Glendinning and Liam Trevaskis also striking.

In reply, the Academy lost Eddie Hurst early, but opener Ross Greenwell (69, with eight fours, off 120 balls) and Jamie Dass (39, with five boundaries) put on 98 for the second wicket.

Chris McBride then came to the crease, firing six fours in a 76-ball knock of 65 not out. Trevaskis then blasted 41 not out off 46 ballsto see the youngsters home by six wickets in the 56th over. Du Toit took 2-48.

Whitburn held firm to see out the draw at home to Tynemouth.

The Villagers were put in to bat, with opener Dan Shurben leading the way, hitting 10 fours and three sixes in a 111-ball 85.

Mark Elliott weighed in with 38, with five fours, as Whitburn ended up 181 all out after 52.2 overs, with the bowling plaudits going to Andrew Smith (4-56) and Martin Pollard (3-32).

In reply, Tynemouth slipped to 12-2 but they steadied themselves and closed on 166-8, just 16 runs short of victory.

Sam Dinning hit five fours and a six in a top score of 61, with Christopher Fairley firing five fours and a six in his 39.

Kieran Waterson (3-40) and Craig Smith (3-36) were the pick of the home bowlers, while Ian Elliot and James Thompson also struck.

Chester-le-Street welcomed leaders South North to Ropery Lane and the visitors had the better of the draw, in a game reduced in overs, due to the weather.

South North batted first and opener Marcus North made 46 off 40 balls, with nine fours. John Graham scored resilient half-century (54) from 80 balls, with just one four and a six, in a total of 220-7 off 41 overs, with John Harrison the pick of the bowling, returning 3-37. Adam hickey took 2-39, with Liam Simpson and Quentin Hughes also striking.

When Chester batted, they were never going to threaten the score of South North and settled for the draw, closing on 125-6, with Andrew Smith top-scoring on 42, with three fours.

Opener George Harrison hit four fours and a six in 34, while Hickey made 22. Simon Birtwisle claimed 3-12 in four overs against his former club. Lee Crozier took 2-33.

South Shields did start at home to Stockton, but the rain washed out the match at Wood Terrace, with the Teessiders on 74-3.

Kevin Ward (31, with two fours and a six) and Tom Hewison (28, with three fours) top-scored for Stockton, with Matthew Muchall, Oliver Appleby and Salman Ahmed taking the three wickets to fall.

Hetton Lyons’ game at Felling did not even make a start due to the weather.