Promotion joy for Durham

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THERE was delight for Durham City as they became the first team to claim a league honour this season when their win at Silksworth coincided with a washout for Bill Quay and a bad day at the office for Whiteleas.

City knew that two victories from their last two games would be enough for them to claim promotion, but the rain in Ryhope meant second-placed Bill Quay had to settle for a frustrating draw with only 17.5 overs of play possible, whilst a shock defeat for Whiteleas at Peterlee blew a massive hole in their ambitions.

Durham dominated their match at Silksworth, rattling off a victory in double quick time to defeat the elements as well as their opponents.

Paul Moralee (4-25) and Scott Steel (4-17) sent the home team packing for just 103 before Nick Maiolo cracked an unbeaten 53 at better than a run-a-ball to seal the promotion clinching win by an emphatic eight wickets.

Meanwhile, Bill Quay had reduced hosts Ryhope to 67-5 in the short time available to them, but the seven point return left them 20 behind City with just one game to play.

The positive news for the Albion, though, came from Peterlee where the division’s bottom club at the start of the day pulled off a 15-run victory over the other promotion contenders, Whiteleas.

Peterlee had 43 overs at the crease during which they set a target of 154-7, that effort receiving a significant boost from an unbroken eighth wicket stand of 54 from Ben Green (32 not out) and Shaun Taylor (21 not out).

The same pair then combined to take five wickets as Leas crashed to 139 all out in 38 overs, only Owen Peterson, with eight boundaries in 57, showing any semblance of fight.

The end result of those three matches was that City were 20 points clear of the Quay on Saturday night, with Leas some 42 points further back in third, and although they have a game in hand it looks almost impossible for them to make up the lost ground now. City’s promotion is therefore confirmed and they need just 10 points from their final game at Ryhope next weekend to clinch the title.

Elsewhere in the division Murton defeated Langley Park by 93 runs despite only managing to score 136-6 themselves.

Park were skittled for 43, with Matthew Aiken (3-3) sharing six wickets with Faz Hussain.

Defeat left Park in bottom spot. Meanwhile Billy Teesdale (61 from 39 balls) powered Ushaw Moor to a four wicket home win over Shildon who had set a challenging 172-7 with skipper Greg Upton making 61 of those runs.