NE Premier League: Five-wicket Malinga has Harbour reeling as Washington cruise to victory

Seaham Harbour batsman Mark Marwood comes under attack against Washington. Picture by Tim Richardson
Seaham Harbour batsman Mark Marwood comes under attack against Washington. Picture by Tim Richardson
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Washington piled on the misery for bottom club Seaham Harbour with a nine-wicket First Division triumph at New Drive on Saturday.

Harbour, put into bat, were up against it from the off, slipping to 7-2, 12-3 and 28-6 before the only decent partnership (52) of the innings, as Jack Lacey, with a defiant 42 off 92 balls, with five boundaries, and Greg Davison (14 off 79 balls) took them up to respectability.

Harbour closed on 106 all out in 48.1 overs, with Malinga Surappulige the star of the show for Washington, grabbing 5-30 in 12 overs. Graeme Race took 2-14 in nine overs and Josh Wilson had 2-9 in five. Colin Myers also struck.

In the visitors’ reply, Nathan Corkhill (1-15) dismissed Abhijal Mansingh for just two to briefly give Harbour hope.

But Stephen Cuthbertson (45no off 47 balls) and Ben Mussett (50no off 45 balls) hit nine boundaries apiece as they hurried Washington home in 18 overs.

Boldon enjoyed a comfortable eight-wicket victory at home to Gateshead Fell, despite the loss of more than an hour to rain.

Fell, who chose to bat after winning the toss, managed just 124 all out at Sunderland Road, with Thomas Pinkney top-scoring on 26, with five fours.

Richard Smith added 19, with Malik Saved making 18 and David Daley 16 not out.

Boldon bowler Paul Leonard took a five-fer, conceding 41 runs in his 11 overs while Jack Sargon weighed in wirth 4-24 in seven overs. Umar Waheed also struck.

Chris Ellison (16) and Nick Sampson-Barnes (30, with six fours) got Bolton’s reply off to a steady start, with Waheed, who hit eight fours in an unbeaten 49, and Ian Pattison, with five boundaries in 25 not out, steering them over the line, and lifting them to third place in the table

Daley took 2-39.

Sunderland settled for a draw when their game away to Willington was abandoned.

The Ashbrooke side reached 164-8 when the rain came, with Mohammad Khalil, who reached his half-century off 60 balls, falling for a fine 65.

Brandon are top of the table after a pulsating six-wicket win at Burnmoor.

Moor batted first and made a healthy 215-5, with Gareth Harte making 33, Allan Worthy 55 and Kevin Dixon producing a rapid 53 not out. On the bowling front, Moin Ashraf, with 3-41, took the honours.

When Brandon batted, Ryan Nicholson scored 37, Matthew Brown 60 and Gordon Muchall hit 60 not out, to secure the necessary runs, with Scott Burgess taking 3-80.

Sacriston’s match at Burnopfield was hit by rain and, eventually, bad light before the abandonment came.

The visitors – top of the table before the start – posted 174-7, inspired by a 104-run second-wicket partnership between Nathan Hall (47, with six fours) and Reece Carr, who fired 11 boundaries in 65. Jack Hardy added 17, while Graeme Bridge was 12 not out when the end came.

Ex-Durham star Gareth Breese bagged 5-35 in 14 overs for Burnopfield, who are in fourth. Sacriston dropped to second place with the draw.

Blaydon entertained Mainsforth and batted first, scoring 241-3, before rain stopped play. Paul Underwood with a magnificent 104 not out and Geoff Stewart with 81, helped them amass the huge total and claim nine points from the draw.