NE Premier League: Mussett stands firm to steer Washington home to welcome first victory against Burnmoor

Burnmoor's Liam Dawson defies Washington on Saturday.
Burnmoor's Liam Dawson defies Washington on Saturday.
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Washington secured a welcome first win of the Division One season, defeating visitors Burnmoor by five wickets.

Graeme Race (3-27) enjoyed a brilliant start to the match with the ball, taking out three of the top four Burnmoor batsmen, with Mark Watson dismissing Allan Worthy to leave Moor struggling on 30-4

Mackenzie Wright and Riley Blunt (24, with two fours in 51 balls) halted the decline, but Race ran out Wright for 11 and Colin Myers then took charge for Washington. He ended up snaffling 4-45.

Moor rallied from 67-7 to 95-8 and then from 99-9 to 143 all out as Liam Dixon’s tremendous 59, with three fours and five sixes, took the visitors to respectability after 36.2 overs.

Washington showed resilience to reach their target for the loss of five wickets, getting home in the 50th over.

Ben Mussett stole the show with a 126-ball knock of 60, featuring nine fours and a six, allied to long stays from Josh Wilson (11 off 46 balls) and Ashley Thorpe (19 off 43 balls), while Race hit two sixes in a quickfire 13 and opener Abhijal Mansingh made a patient 16 off 48 balls.

Sunderland edged home by two wickets away to old rivals Gateshead Fell.

Quinton Boatswain came to the fore the Ashbrooke club, the West Indian grabbing 5-31 in a brilliant 15-over effort.

Elliot Smith struck early for Sunderland, but Fell rallied from 15-1 to 59-2 and 125-3 as Thomas Pinkney made 40, with eight fours, and Malik Saved added 33, with five fours.

The mainstay of the innings was Richard Smith, though, hitting 10 boundaries in a 104-ball 62 before he was dismissed, caught by Jonny Shurben off the bowling of Boatswain.

Fell declared on 176-9 after 49.5 overs, with Jaspreet Singh taking 2-49.

Sunderland slumped to 38-3 as Muhammad Khalil, Greg Applegarth (17) and Craig Burdon all fell cheaply, with Durham’s Graham Onions striking twice.

But Ramanpreet Singh (43, with six fours and a six) and Jaspreet Singh (42, with four boundaries) turned them around, raising the total to 136-5.

Shurben (24, with three fours), Zaheer Shahbaz (11 and Boatswain (12 not out) helped Sunderland over the line in the 49th over on 182-8.

Jamie Arkle took 3-29, backed by Onions (2-41) and Andrew Porter (2-45).

Blaydon amassed 245-7 at home to Seaham Harbour, with David Bailey (66), Gary Stewart (66) and Joseph Reynolds (54) the batting heroes, with Jack Lacey taking 4-80 and Tim Niemand 3-51.

When Seaham batted, they battled to 140-7 to get the draw. Michael Nunn impressed with a resilient 59 and Shaun Hagan weighed in with 50. Grant Nicholson tried in vain with the ball, with his effort of 3-37, but it was not enough.

Reagan Klemt blasted an unbeaten 104 to inspire Willington’s 101-run success at Mainsforth – moving them 22 points clear at the top.

Jake Louth (83) and Elliott Foster (31) offered good support as Willington made 256-4 declared in 48 overs, with Anton Muller and Curtis Bihari both striking twice.

Despite fine knocks from Robert Chismon (44) and Muller (64), who shared in a 111-run partnership, only Brad Bihari (19) also reached double figures as Mainsforth were all out for 155 in the 32nd over.

Calvin Stephenson led the way with 5-45, while Peter Leggett took 2-23.

Brandon secured a “winning” draw away to Sacriston.

The home side were indebted to opener Daniel Anderson for a magnificent 107 not out, from 152 balls, with 12 fours and two sixes.

He carried his bat to help Sacriston make 225-8 in 55 overs, supported by Graeme Wrightson’s fine 56 down the order, with nine fours.

Nathan Hall (12) and Mark Fort (11no) also made useful contributions. Moin Ashraf impressed with the ball, grabbing 5-43 in 15 overs.

Gordon Muchall (73. with nine fours and a six) led Brandon’s reply and they fell just short of victory on 221-6 in 50 overs.

Ryan Nicholson hit 10 fours in a run-a-ball 43, Nathan Adamson fired seven fours in 45 and Ashraf ended unbeaten on 28.

Graeme Hubber snatched 3-85, while Graeme Bridge took 2-37 and a run-out.