Then there were three. Sacriston’s nine-wicket thrashing of Willington not only assured them of safety, it also virtually ended their opponents’ title aspirations.
Hylton failed to secure victory against Bill Quay to stay deep in relegation trouble – but they have slashed the gap to third-bottom Easington to just nine points.
The match of the day in Division Two saw Seaham Park produce a backs-to-the-wall performance to fend off title rivals Burnopfield.
Hylton held firm to win the Heineken T20 Smash Final by one run in dramatic fashion yesterday.
Durham Cricket Board Under-15s rounded off their season with a 66-run victory over North Yorkshire at Masham in a two-day friendly.
With the most dramatic of finales beckoning in the First Division title race, three of the four contenders head into the bank holiday weekend with key figures having to be excluded from their team plans at perhaps the most crucial time of the season.
Hetton Lyons won the Durham Cricket Board’s Under-13 play-off cup final, beating Chester-le-Street by 66 runs.
Chester-le-Street must put the disappointments of the last two weekends behind them as they still have the opportunity to end the season in a blaze of glory by winning the Royal London National Club Championship.
Derbyshire pipped Durham by 10 runs to win the Second XI Trophy in last night’s final at the Emirates ICG.
The heat is on Hylton as they head into the final three games of a disappointing campaign with the threat of relegation from Division One hanging over them.
Durham County Cricket Club has announced in will host an international test match next May.
There was heartbreak and joy in equal measure on Saturday as Chester-le-Street saw their title dreams evaporate in the hot sun, while Whitburn pulled off their first win in seven matches to virtually guarantee Premier Division status for another season.
The Burnmoor bugler was playing a familiar tune as the perennial champions moved level with leaders Eppleton at the top of the First Division.
Seaham Park added five points to their Division Two lead over Burnopfield, and they now head their rivals by 18 going into next weekend’s head to head.
Hylton are facing the drop from Division One after Saturday’s 37-run defeat to Durham City left them 16 points adrift of safety with only three games to go.
Durham Cricket Board Under-15s girls were crowned ECB Under-15s League B winners after a 90-run victory over Lancashire.
Wearsiders are being asked to help an author solve a cricketing mystery that stretches back more than 135 years.
Eppleton’s victory ov Saturday was just enough to keep the wolves from the door, at the top of the First Division.
Chester-le-Street managed to lop three points from South North’s lead at the top of the Premier Division table on Saturday, and that could prove crucial as the big clash of the top two looms.
Hylton threw themselves their expected lifeline in the Division One relegation stakes on Saturday as they completed the regulation 30-point victory over already doomed Boldon CA.
Murton suffered a surprise defeat at Langley Park (265-6), where Shiv Mehra (101 from 95 balls) set up only the home team’s second win of a difficult summer in Division Two.
They say the mark of champions is how they perform under pressure – well, if that is the measure, then Seaham Park already have the Second Division title in the bag.
There are just five games left in the Division One season.
It was a case of love you and leave you last weekend for Anand Singh, Willington’s Indian professional becoming the first player in the division to record a double century, and then shortly afterwards boarding a plane to return to his home country.
Chester-le-Street face another momentous weekend in their quest for an unprecedented triple crown, with Ropery Lane the venue for two crucial games on the road to conquering the club kingdom.
Chester-le-Street have clinched a semi-final place in the Royal London National Club Championship – after comfortably dismissing Cheshire Premier League club Bowdon.
Seaham Park and Burnopfield both won again in Division Two to remain firmly on course for the promotion places.
Whitburn’s worst fears were realised on Saturday when they crashed to a fifth successive defeat, a run of form which has thrust them into the midst of the relegation dogfight.
With the top four sides in Division One now separated by just 19 points, and with only six games left to play, an exciting run-in is promised with each side believing they have a great chance of taking the championship.
They think it’s all over……but it might not be!
A disastrous run of four consecutive defeats, in which only 15 points have been picked up, has left Whitburn with some work to do if they are to finally rid themselves of relegation worries.
Unbeaten Eppleton have secured the Durham Cricket Board’s Under-11 Central Division championship for the second successive year.