Peterlee didn’t win a single Coast League match in 2012, but just two games into the Durham Cricket League season, they produced their first victory in two years, courtesy of a 73 run home success over Mainsforth.
And it was a real team batting effort that took them to a total of 191 before Liam Chaytor (5-27) produced the perfect bowling display.
Marsden continue to impress, a close nine run victory at Tudhoe, adding to their new found confidence.
With Spennymoor in FA Vase action at Wembley, Tudhoe weren’t at full strength, but West Indian Shawn Findlay (5-14) looked to have given them a fighting chance as the visitors were bowled out for 183.
However, late runs from Ryan Dowens (62no) were to prove crucial as Stephen Neilson (6-33) became the match winner.
Durham City are struggling. A second heavy defeat, this time to the tune of 76 runs, has left them near the foot of the table.
Evenwood were their conquerors on this occasion, Chris Coatsworth (71) their batting inspiration, and skipper Billy Teesdale delivering the coup de grace with 5-43, as City slid to 81 all out.
Dawdon made short work of Bill Quay, Alistair Watson bagging 5-30 and David Coates 3-16 as the Quay were unlocked for a weak 85.
Stephen Gale then took his season aggregate of runs to 185 from two knocks – and he has yet to be out.
He made an undefeated 46 as Dawdon won by nine wickets.
Whilst there were three century makers in the opening week, that number only increased by one on Saturday, and unsurprisingly it didn’t take Jimmy Daley (105) long to make his mark.
He cracked 15 fours and three sixes at Bunker Hill, and with Matthew Sampson-Barnes adding nine boundaries in his unbeaten 58, Burnmoor were confident enough to declare after 46 overs on 236-3.
But hosts Philadelphia, then proceeded to give them a fright as first David Baxter (55) and then Lee Innes (75) threatened to cause an upset.
The turning point coame when Brandon Scullard cleaned up Innes and Phili’s brave run chase was held in check at 223-9 from 44 overs, with the South African’s 12 over return of 5-42 proving crucial.
That game was one of three draws, but the other victorious sides included Kimblesworth, who picked themselves up after being bowled out for 122 to destroy the Horden response.
Stephen Meek (4-28) headed a trio of hit men who bundled the visitors out for a paltry 43.
Castle Eden hammered Crook by 156 runs when Jade Dinushan and Kamran Shah shared eight wickets as Town tumbled for 86.