WASHINGTON Cricket Club had to scrap hard for their 2-1 win at Kelloe Davy Lamp as they moved 14 points clear in pole position.
Taylor Hughes bagged a match-winning double, with Lee Hutchinson responding.
Unbeaten Pelton Crown revelled in Liam Mitchell’s four-goal salvo as they defeated gallant bottom club Belmont The Shoes 6-3. John Morris and Stephen Burns also netted.
Second-top Bede Lodge SC were held 0-0 by lowly Lumley, with Daniel Mann and Daniel Jowett the respective star men.
James Smith’s brace and a Marc Mackenzie strike edged Framwellgate Moor WMC home 3-2 against Ferryhill Community Hub, who had Chris O’Hara and Neil Birbeck on target.
Dean Taylor, Paul Taylor, Aaron Jordan and Lee Moore gave Esh Winning Cricket Club a 4-1 home win over Hetton New Inn.
Durham County Seniors grabbed top spot in Division Two, walloping Bishop Middleham 12-1 while Waldridge Park were held to a 1-1 draw.
John Cook hit Bishop’s consolation.
Waldridge Park and West Rainton served up a tight, enthralling clash, with Chris Days and Chris Peacock the respective marksmen. Dan Barrass and Jamie Bowes stood out.
David Rutherford (2), Anthony Holliday and Ricky Box earned New Brancepeth WMC a 4-2 victory over Langley Park Rams Head, for whom Colin Snailham and Stephen Mickle struck. Brancepeth had Ryan Wilkinson red-carded.
Man of the match Robert Thompson (2) and Liam Lusk guided Houghton Wild Boar All-Stars home 3-1 in their derby at Dubmire WMC.
Bottom club Burnmoor JFC, hampered by a deduction of nine points, fought hard but succumbed 9-0 to Sedgefield SC, with keeper Jabez Gray starring.
Houghton Comrades put up a great fight in a 3-3 Premier Division draw with leaders Brandon Sports Club.
The third-top hosts had star man James Cook, Kyle Davis and Ross Galley on the scoresheet, though two-goal Stuart Thompson and Steven Parnaby took Brandon three points clear at the top, albeit having played three games more than Hetton Lyons CC.
Sacriston Cricket Club eased to a 3-0 win at East Rainton, with Greg Coates (2) and Anthony Ward on target, while Shaun Gregory was star man.
Sherburn Village pipped bottom club Coxhoe WMC 2-1, courtesy of Dean Clough and James Ellis, while Jonathan Colling responded.
Leaders Chester Britannia won 3-1 at Washington Cross Keys in Division One, with Scott Hope (later sent off) and two-goal sub Cameron Nichol notching. Andrew Taylor replied for Keys, whose star man was Chris Morrison.
Closest rivals Chilton WMC saw off Ferryhill Dynamos 3-0 in their derby, thanks to Nicky Pickford’s clinical treble, despite having Neil Searby sent off.
Third-top Sacriston WMC outgunned Houghton Chilton Lodge 5-2, Luke Wilson’s hat-trick backed by Dan Johnson and sub Lee Renwick.
High Handenhold Bird Inn remain pointless after crashing 4-1 to Pelaw Grange Dogs. Dan Watkins responded to strikes from David Jeffers, Michael Mclean (2) and Dan Hay.
Mid-table High Shincliffe Avenue rocked promotion-chasing Lumley Snooker Club in a 4-4 thriller.
Jonathan Eves fired a hat-trick for Avenue, backed by Mark Jacob’s strike, cancelling out efforts from Chris Dawson, James Laidler (2) and Ben Haddock.
The top two both consolidated their positions.
Leaders Durham County beat Fencehouses 4-1, with doubles from Stanley Ogunsuyi and Andrew Bartle doing the damage. Kriss Jobling responded, with Adam Tweddle star man.
Second-top Chester Garden Farm showed no mercy in a 12-1 demolition of Newton Hall Jovial Monk, with Ryan Johnson enjoying a memorable double hat-trick.
Tom Wray (2), Dan Johnson (2) and Steven Kirkup were also among the goals.
Long-time leaders Houghton, down to third, were crushed 5-1 at Chester-le-Street AFC, with Lee McBeth replying to strikes from David Brown (2), Miller Fletcher (2) and Shaun Mayell.