A sensational game at Ashbrooke ended in the most dramatic fashion on Saturday as Eppleton secured a one-run victory to vastly enhance their promotion hopes.
Durham Academy, enjoying some of their best ever form, recorded another emphatic victory on Saturday, their fourth on the trot, to move up to joint third in the Premier Division table.
A second defeat of the summer has left Dawdon with a mountain to climb if they’re to prise the First Division title away from leaders Esh Winning who, after thrashing Hylton, enjoy a 41-point lead at the top of the table.
Murton and Silksworth fought out a Second Division draw in a game when only 83 of the scheduled 95 overs were played on Saturday.
Chester-le-Street yesterday clinched their place in the quarter-finals of the ECB National T20 Cup, winning the North East Area final.
Durham remained winless at home since July 3 thanks to Glenn Maxwell’s unbeaten 65, which helped Yorkshire to a 32-run win by Duckworth/Lewis in a rain-affected Royal London One-Day Cup tie at Chester-le-Street.
Graham Clark has signed a first professional contract that will keep him at the Emirates Durham ICG until the end of the 2016 season.
Durham captain Mark Stoneman was delighted with his partnership with Phil Mustard after the duo’s record-breaking opening stand helped see off Somerset.
John Hastings wants to ensure he returns to Durham next year as a trophy-winner after extending his stay at the club.
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Fast bowler Chris Rushworth is determined to continue proving the doubters wrong after another sensational performance with the ball yesterday.
Batsman Gordon Muchall completed a match-changing century before Hampshire stuttered in their response on Day Two at the Ageas Bowl.
Durham batsman Michael Richardson was delighted to contribute to a Durham revival against Hampshire – but disappointed he got out without completing a century.
Durham saw their faint hopes of progressing in the T20Blast ended by a 42-run loss to Nottinghamshire Outlaws, leaving the Jets “devastated”.
Durham’s hopes of catching leaders Yorkshire was dealt a crucial blow as they lost a second successive Championship match to Warwickshire on a dramatic final day at Chester-le-Street.
Jamie Harrison might be in the Durham side because of his ability to swing the ball, but it was his ability to swing the willow that kept Durham’s hopes of beating Warwickshire alive after day three.
If Durham do go onto win the Championship, it will be thanks in no small part to Chris Rushworth, who picked four wickets – including his 50th Division One scalp of the season – to put his county firmly in command on a rain-hit day two against Warwickshire.
It was a case of deal or no deal for Dawdon as their mighty head to head with league leaders Esh Winning ended in a stalemate that did not surprise too many neutral observers.
Littletown picked up their third win of the summer, defeating bottom club Houghton by 155 runs.
A sensational innings from Sunderland skipper Greg Applegarth stunned Boldon as they failed to defend a formidable total of 276-2 in a run-fest.
Chester-le-Street returned to their best league form on Saturday, but it took a while for normal service to be resumed.
Eppleton will meet Tynemouth in the final of the Banks Salver.
Chester-le-Street moved into the quarter-finals of the Royal London Club Championship with a five-wicket victory against Leyland yesterday.
Mark Stoneman’s second consecutive Championship century gave title-chasing Durham the upper hand after day one against Warwickshire at Chester-le-Street.
Durham Cricket Board Under-17s suffered two defeats in two tough days against Lancashire.
Headline-hoggers Eppleton take centre stage once again this weekend, with the chance there for them to take two more giant strides towards major honours.
The battle of the batting giants could decide just who emerges from this weekend as the favourites to take the First Division title and pitch for a place in the North East Premier League.
It wasn’t too shabby a weekend for Seaham Park – the runaway Division Two leaders had only one game to play whilst their rivals were getting in two last Saturday and Sunday.
Durham County Under-13s outgunned Cumbria by 127 runs in a one-sided friendly at Barnard Castle.
Eppleton Under-13s girls enjoyed three wins in the Lady Taverner’s competition on home turf to progress to the regional finals of the eight-a-side tournament.
Whitburn claimed one of their best victories of recent years to topple the previously unbeaten Chester-le-Street and move up to the heady heights of fifth place in the table.
Just when it seemed life couldn’t get much better for Eppleton, it did.
Horden became the latest side to heap misery on hapless Boldon CA, who have just 15 points to show from their 12 games.
Ryhope are beginning to lose ground in the Division Two promotion race after falling victim to the weather in their game at Ushaw Moor yesterday.
Richard Oliver’s half-century was the difference as Worcestershire strengthened their grip on second spot in the NatWest T20 Blast North Group by beating Durham by five wickets at New Road.