Durham fought gamely only to suffer a fourth defeat out of four in the Northern Counties League, going down 10-8 away to Cheshire.
Durham ended all square after the morning foursomes.
Washington’s Imran Aziz and Martin McCririck (South Shields) teamed up for a one-hole success, while the Boldon pair of new Durham Match Play champion Rhys Thompson and Gavin Nesbit also won by one hole. Consett’s John Kennedy and Louis Fraser made it 3-3 by taking their match by one hole.
Durham started the singles in super style, with Andrew Wilson of Wynyard winning 4&3, Chris Handy (South Moor) halving his match and Thompson romping to an impressive 6&4 win in the top three matches.
Nesbit was beaten 4&3, but McCririck secured a 3&2 triumph to see Durham 7½-4½ ahead. The visitors, though, could not maintain the momentum, and only picked up one and a half points in the remaining seven matches to slip to overall defeat.
Durham City youngster Jack Richardson edged a fine 2&1 victory, while Joe Fraser of Ravensworth made a half.
Durham complete their league campaign when Yorkshire visit Durham City on August 29.