DURHAM’S Under-17 women recorded their second win of the season with a 66-run triumph over Cheshire at Willington.
The hosts posted 152 all out after winning the toss and deciding to bat, Rachael Petherick the high scorer with a knock of 30.
Helen Fenby (26) and Venetia Bradley (24) also impressed as Durham recovered from consecutive defeats to Yorkshire in their two previous matches.
Durham’s star turn, though, came with the ball as Courtney Coulson took three for two off five overs. Petherick also took two wickets, as Cheshire were bowled out for 86 in 31 overs.
Durham Under-13 boys enjoyed a superb win in their friendly against Shropshire.
Durham posted an impressive 199-3, including a knock of 73 from Nathan Hall which included 12 fours.
Luke Elliot and Adam Khan made 37 and 27 respectively, while Sam Brigham finished on 29 not out.
Elliot also impressed with the ball, taking four wickets from eight overs. Shropshire eventually fell short on 182-9 from their 40 overs, handing Durham an excellent 17-run victory.
The Under-13s also lost by 34 runs in a friendly against Warwickshire in Birmingham.
Toby Lush took four wickets for Durham, as Warwickshire relied on an unbeaten 57 from Robert Yates to reach 111 all out.
Durham struggled with the bat, though, and could only make 77. Luke Elliot top-scored with 24, while no one else made it out of single figures.
The Under-14s lost by six wickets against Cheshire in the second round of the Scarborough Festival.
Durham were put into bat and made 220-9, Scott Steel and Edward Hurst both hitting half-centuries after opening batsman Matthew Potts fell for a duck off the second ball of the day.
Nathan Bushnell impressed with 47 off 40 balls, before a collapse of the tail saw Durham go from 216-6 to 220-9.
For Cheshire, Elliot Young made 82 not out, as they easily reached their target with six wickets to spare.
That result followed eight-wicket defeat to Cumbria.
Ross Greenwell top-scored with 53 for Durham, but, other than Jake Louth’s 29, none of his team-mates were able to post more than 17 as Durham finished on 145 all out.
Cumbria reached that target with ease, despite Liam Burgess taking two wickets from a relatively inexpensive 11 overs, and a half-century from Greg Cameron was enough to see them to 146-2.