NE Premier League: Pattison perfection steers Seaham Harbour to welcome first win of the season

Eppleton batsman Paul Davison in action against Tynemouth on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
Eppleton batsman Paul Davison in action against Tynemouth on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Seaham Harbour’s ship sailed in at last, with the struggling side managing to win for the first time this season and lift themselves away from the foot of Division One.

It had almost become any port in a storm for the Harbour, but at long last they moved into calmer waters as they humbled fellow strugglers Tudhoe by an emphatic nine-wicket margin while the majority of other teams were engaged in a battle against the elements.

With rain in the air, Harbour didn’t have to think too long before inserting their visitors after winning the toss, but it was hard work initially to make any breakthroughs as first Alex McGrath (32) and then Andrew Carrick (34) established a decent platform as Tudhoe reached 91 for the loss of just two wickets.

But the turning point came when the splendid Craig Stephenson (5-45) trapped Caddick lbw.

Even though visiting skipper Danny Thexton (58 from 97 balls) tried to hold the creaking ship together, his team slowly began to sink as three wickets fell for 17 runs, and then four more for just 29 runs – Martin Stephenson taking 2-42 - to prompt a declaration on 160-9 in the hope of earning additional points in the event of victory.

As it turned out, it was a futile gesture even though Mark Marwood was dismissed with the score on 10.

That was as good as it got for Tudhoe as home skipper Ian Pattison finally hit the form he is renowned for, a relatively barren spell ended by a glorious century that rushed his side through to a tension-releasing success.

Pattison has hit more than 2,000 runs since joining in 2014, so just 159 in his 12 innings up to Saturday had been a major surprise this time around, but 20 fours and two sixes banished the blues as the captain smashed 103 not out from 90 balls.

Keeping him company in the winning charge was Michael Nunn, although he was more of an admiring bystander as he played the solid anchor role with 37 not out from 97 balls.

The maiden voyage to victory lifted Harbour two places up the table, and they now enjoy an 18-point cushion over their beaten opponents, who slipped back to their previous job of propping up the rest.

Sunderland, the incumbents of the bottom spot at the start of play, picked up 13 points from their match at Blaydon which suffered a loss of 12 overs to the weather.

The Wearsiders gave a decent account of themselves, having posted 201-8 from 52 overs, with Greg Applegarth (42) and Rammi Singh (65) their key contributors.

Blaydon then decided on safety first after losing their first four batsmen for just eight runs. The 41-over reply closed with the hosts on 101-5, Zaheer Shahbaz plundering 3-29.

Sacriston lost further ground in the title race when their game against Burnmoor became a frustrating battle with the elements.

The match did not start until 3pm, and was then washed out completely at the interval, with the home team having been bowled out for 150.

Sacriston had 38 overs to bat, but, after slumping to 30-4, a repair job was necessary before acceleration could be contemplated.

Martin Hubber (60 from 88 balls) did most of the hard graft. Aussie Liam Purdy (4-17 from eight overs) was once again in fine form for Moor, while Steven Meek and Liam Burgess both struck twice.

Boldon found little to cheer them at Brandon, who rattled up 262-7 in 51 overs.

Ryan Nicholson hit a century and Nathan Adamson contributed 65 for Brandon, while David Lawlor made 36.

Philip Shakespeare (3-69) and Ian Male (3-70) did best with the ball for the visitors.

Boldon’s reply reached 71-1 in 18 overs, Umar Waheed unbeaten on 33 and Nick Sampson-Barnes 25 not out when the weather closed in.

Washington restricted visitors Felling to 178-6, with Gary Scott firing 11 fours and four sixes in a 101-ball 94. Ash Thorpe took 3-22 and Josh Wilson 2-39, while Jason Jones secured four stumpings. In reply, Washington reached 95-3, thanks largely to Jones (28) and Joe Thompson (25no).

Mainsforth skittled Willington for 118, Jonny Barnes grabbing 4-11, before winning by six wickets as Shoaib Laghari (55no) led the way.