VICTORY over second-placed Felling extended Castle Eden’s undefeated start to the Durham Senior League season, but new challengers to their supremacy emerged with Burnmoor turning back the clock in a vintage performance.
Just a few years ago, Burnmoor used to routinely roll opponents over – it was almost taken as read.
They turned back the clocks on Saturday with a 147-run mauling of hapless Marsden in a display reminiscent of their glory days.
Even better for the home side was the fact that victory moved them into second place, just 21 points behind Castle.
The Moor were given a great send off by Jimmy Daley (83) and Owen Lancaster (59), the pair sharing an opening stand of 125 in 90 minutes.
Daley cracked seven fours and two sixes and Lancaster wasn’t too far behind with two maximums and six boundaries. A late rush for runs saw wickets thrown away as the home team pushed for an early declaration which duly came at 190-7 after being 175-1 at one stage.
Marsden then put up limited resistance as they collapsed to 43 all out, just one player reaching double figures as Ian Conn (6-23) and Paul Davidson (3-13) ripped through them.
Bowlers dominated the top-of-the-table clash at Felling with Alan Unsworth causing the home team real problems in an unbroken 15-over stint in which he returned the impressive figures of 6-41.
With Keith Bailey chipping in with two cheap wickets only Danny Clark (19) made it into double figures as Felling collapsed to 65 all out.
But if Castle thought victory would be a cakewalk they had to think again as home skipper Ant Trotter created havoc in the visiting dressing room as five batsmen were ripped out for a paltry eight runs between them. Enter Unsworth (27no) to join forces with Bailey (31no) again and do their team proud in a five-wicket victory.
Boldon have struggled so far this season, but a four-wicket victory over local rivals Whitburn did much to lift the gloom at the weekend.
Peter Marshall’s 68 gave Whitburn a decent foothold in the game, but when Graham Fox had him caught it raised Boldon hopes and with Fox going on to claim 5-32 in 15 overs the home team were eventually bowled out for 180.
That total took 54.1 overs to compile but Boldon gave spirited chase with runs coming up front from Nick Sampson-Barnes (33) and Chris Ellison (22), and when new signing Neil Mulvaney increased the temp with a brisk 45 it was enough to help Boldon to a great win with just one ball of the 45th over remaining.
In any player-of-the-day rankings, Durham City’s Tim Stonock was right up there. After Gary Burlinson (78) and John Leslie (60) looked to have put South Hetton out of City’s reach Stonock was brought on as sixth-change bowler – and changed the game with an eight-over spell in which he claimed five wickets for just 10 runs.
Set 190 to win Jake McCann’s opening half century put Durham in the mood, and Stonock then increased the tempo with 8 fours and a six in his 51, and it was fitting he was at the crease when the five wicket win was secured – City’s first of the season.
In the day’s other games Palav Kumar and Adam Dixon shared eight wickets as Horden beat Philadelphia by four wickets, and Craig Scurr (5-50) and Kyle Davis (73) took the main plaudits as Eppleton defeated Norton by seven wickets.
H Burnopfield’s surprise win at Sacriston gave them some breathing space just above the NTSL drop zone, and they had one man to mainly thank for a great victory.
Despite being set a challenging 174 Sacriston looked in complete control when they were 104-1, but Dean Owen, who had earlier top scored with 33, shattered the hosts with a superb spell of 6-16 that secured a 17-run success for the jubilant visitors. Graham Hubber (4-26 in 14 overs) and Mo Ali (10 boundaries in 56) were the main men for Sacriston.