Lowly Murton New Hesledon caused a bit of an upset in beating Seaham Marlborough 6-3 in their dramatic First Division derby.
Anthony Cook had a day to savour, hitting a four-goal salvo, while man of the match Liam Appleby bagged the other two goals, lifting the Murton side out of the drop zone.
Star man Andy Johnston and Ryan Martin (2) struck in vain for Marlborough.
Josh Lincoln’s brace and an effort from Adam Brown paved the way for Easington Southside to climb to third place, beating South Hetton Cricket Club.
Liam Watson shone for the cricketers, with keeper Matthew Barron outstanding for Southside.
Karl Arkwright bagged a treble as Peterlee Oaklands made it six wins in seven, sinking Hetton Social 6-2.
Liam Adamson, Anthony Longstaff and Tom Gillings also netted.
The Wingate derby between Plough Inn and Grange saw the former come out on top 5-3, with Joe Coulson notching a hat-trick.
Reece Wood and Dave Cummings also notched, while Michael Lee (2) and Adam King netted in vain for Grang, who slipped to second-bottom spot.
Second Division leaders Seaham Parkside crashed to a first league defeat, sensationally routed 6-1 by much-improved Acre Rigg Celtic.
Two goals apiece from Stuart Coxon and Graham Hornsby, with Matty Pattinson and Craig Tweddle also netting, took Rigg up to third. Michael Kennedy hit a consolationfor Parkside, who had Matthew Mustard sent off for two yellow cards.
Hetton Fox and Hounds battled it out with Haswell Oddfellows Arms in a 2-2 draw. Jeffery Oseni shone for Hetton, whose marksmen were Daniel Robson and Bradley Wear.
Horden Cricket Club moved up to second place after a comfortable 5-2 win against Grangetown WMC.
Shaun Bentley’s hat-trick was backed by Dan Gething and Liam Rouse. Jack Barnes and John Smith replied, with Danny Dixon top man for Grangetown. Josh Dunning starred for Horden.
Peterlee Central Club’s topscorer, Thomas Bell, netted twice to help secure a 4-2 win at New Seaham Westlea.
Sean Pratt and Ashley Wilkinson also notched, while Stephen Squire and Liam Watson struck for Westlea, whose star man was Michael Taylor.
The only Premier Division game saw Easington HMS Victory finally secure a first league win, edging a 4-3 thriller against Murton Colliery.
Ryan Douglas, Thomas Bott, Jack Garside and Nathan Graham did the damage, with Carl Thomas, Graham McBeth and an own goal replying. Matthew Jackson starred for Colliery, with Gary Spalding best for HMS..
Easington CIU hit a magnificent seven goals to see off Ouston Juniors 7-3 in the first round proper of the Durham County Sunday Cup.
Doubles from Simon Todd, Rob Huntley and Thomas Goundry sparked CIU, with Liam Adamson also scoring.
Jai Young’s brace and an effort from man of the match John Purvis saw Easington Lane WMC win an entertaining tie 3-2 against Hartlepool TDSOB, setting up a second-round trip to Stockton Hardwick, one of the favourites to win the prestigious trophy.
Dawdon Welfare Park did not have it all their own way, but they squeezed past Darlington Haughton Grey Horse 2-1, with Robbie Bird and Marc Ruddock on target. Nathan Burrell starred.
Peterlee Helford United had little trouble in progressing as Gary Shaw, Philip Hickman and Karl Garside fired in two goals apiece in a 6-1 cruise against Hartlepool side Throston Hotspur.
Horden CW Supporters enjoyed a tremendous 5-3 victory away to Middlestone Moor Masons Arms.
Charlie Salicki (2), Bob Taylor, Jack Pounder and Chris Wright came up trumps for Horden.
Peterlee Catholic Club were the only league side to go out, but they gave an excellent all-round performance before going down 2-1 against Stockton Hardwick SC. Ever-reliable Peter Crawford netted for Catholic.
Peterlee Hearts reached the Second Division Cup semi-finals, beating newcomers Sherburn United 3-1.
Man of the match Jared Jones fired a double, with Dave Kember also netting, while James Luke replied.
Keeper Damian Price starred for United.