BURNMOOR rose from the rubble of three defeats in their last six games to defeat hapless Evenwood and reclaim a place in the top two of the Readers Durham Cricket League’s First Division.
And what a crucial win it proved to be with every other game in the top flight unable to reach a conclusion as torrential rain swept the region on Saturday.
Good fortune does play a part in all championship campaigns, and it just so happened that the Moor were playing a side bereft of confidence and gasping for air at the foot of the table.
The dungeon dwellers arrived with just 10 men, perhaps symptomatic of their struggles this season, and they were swept aside unceremoniously in a ruthless display by the champions.
Burnmoor did not show them any mercy as they ended their own horrible run of form with an emphatic performance.
Only one man made it to double figures as the home attack ran riot. With four batsmen failing to trouble the scorer, the innings was done and dusted for just 40 in 10.2 lethal overs.
Karl Bellerby was the harbinger of doom for Evenwood, bagging five wickets for just seven runs in his five-over spell, while Brydon Carse (2-21) and Craig Robertson (2-8) picked up the other four.
Burnmoor needed only 5.4 overs of batting to claim their 10-wicket win.
The defeat left Evenwood 65 points short of safety, and their fate looks well and truly sealed.
However, Burnmoor’s success earned them 20 priceless points, and with table-topping Tudhoe only having time to squeeze 10 from a game at Dawdon they looked well placed to win, the pair are now separated by just five, with the Moor climbing back above Esh Winning and into second spot.
Tudhoe were left cursing the weather after dominating their game at Dawdon.
Kishen Kushen derailed the Green Drive outfit’s innings with a 12-over spell in which he claimed an impressive 7-32, only Stephen Gale (46) managing to cope to any degree with the South African as Dawdon slumped to 114 all out in 32 overs.
Tudhoe then rushed to 51-1 from only nine overs, but they still could not beat the advancing storm clouds which delivered the home team’s get-out-of-jail-free card with thunderous power.
Castle Eden were another team denied the opportunity to go for glory after skipper Keith Bailey’s outstanding innings of 95 not out was accompanied by a selfless declaration on 178-9 against Hylton, the visitors making it to 24-2 before the rain arrived.
Elsewhere, Philadelphia’s Mirza Baig had 4-38 from 11 overs at Crook, but only 25.4 overs were possible in all with the hosts 108-6 at the end.
Ben Popovski and Ian Male shared eight wickets for Boldon CA at Marsden, but, with just 132 to chase, and Shashank Singh 38 not out, Boldon CA (70-2) were only allowed 10.4 overs of batting by the weather.
The game at Easington, where Mainsforth were the visitors, was abandoned without a ball bowled, while Horden’s trip to Esh Winning lasted just three overs.