NE Premier League: Nick Sampson-Barnes outstanding as Boldon make it two wins on the trot
Boldon extended South Shields' losing run with a four-wicket First Division victory at Sunderland Road, their second successive win.
Shields, put into bat, put on 66 for the first wicket as Mark Appleton made 18 and Chris Rainbow 34. Rainbow and Rupesh Borade (29, with four fours and a six) then added 44 for the second wicket, while Chris Dorothy added 22, Sameer Awan 18 and Ben Scott 24 not out, before they declared on 211-9 after 50.4 overs.
Nick Sampson-Barnes was the top Boldon bowler, grabbing 5-45, with Anthony Brown taking 2-35, while Durham’s Barry McCarthy and Phil Shakespeare also struck.
Opener Chris Ellison hit 11 fours in a 92-ball 71 to set up Boldon’s victory push, which was completed in the 53rd over on 215-6, with Nick Sampson-Barnes anchoring the hosts home, with five fours and three sixes in a 125-ball, unbeaten 71.
Oliver Sampson-Barnes (15) and Geoff Sargon both played their part in seeing Boldon home, despite two wickets apiece from Shea Clements (2-34) and Dorothy (2-54).
Burnmoor had to settle for a ‘winning’ draw at Gateshead Fell as they maintained their unbeaten record.
Burnmoor won the toss and opted to bat, a wise decision as it turned out.
Allan Worthy (51, with nine fours, off 63 balls) and Ross Hodgson (38, with six fours, off 71 balls) put on 83 for the first wicket.
Durham’s Gareth Harte came in and maintained the impressive scoring rate, hitting eight fours and two sixes in a 72-ball 75 not out, before Paul Craig took just 69 balls to blast a brilliant 93, with 14 fours and two sixes.
Andrew Porter (2-67) was Fell’s top bowler.
The hosts batted well, with runs throughout the seven men to bat to comfortably see out the draw, ending on 186-5 after 59 overs.
David Daley had three fours and a six in an unbeaten 33, backed by Stephen Devenport (30, with six boundaries), Robert Stacey (25), Michael Elliott (24) and Malik Javed (23no).
Liam Dixon was the pick of Moor’s bowlers, taking 3-30, while Marc Symington and Harte also struck.
In a high-scoring match at Ashbrooke, Sunderland failed to defend their excellent score of 244-7 against Washington.
Greg Applegarth, with 38, Dan Shurben (78) and Chris Youldon (40) all scored heavily for the home side, with Ash Thorpe claiming 3-84.
Washington were also in good nick with the bat, though, with Adam Hickey hitting 89 and Matthew Corner 68 not out before Josh Wilson followed up his T20 century on Friday night, to steer the visitors home with 37 not out as they completed their chase on 245-4, triumphing by six wickets for their second victory of the season.
Brandon regained winning ways with a 58-run triumph against visitors Willington to regain pole position.
Brandon were put in to bat and declared on 166-9 in the 42nd over, led by 33 from opener Matthew Brown, with five fours and a six.
Chris Peareth had five fours in 30, while Nathan Adamson made 24 from 56 balls, Gordon Muchall 20 from 38 and Karl Turner 18 from 19, with two fours and a six.
Steven Alderson was the star bowler for Willington, taking 4-34, while Gerasimos Fatouros grabbed 3-29.
Despite 26 from opener Joe Emanuel, with four boundaries, Willington were always up against it and the end came after 35.2 overs, with just 108 on the board.
Fatouros made 14 and Jake Dickinson 33, with five fours, at No 9, but the bowlers were on top as Turner snaffled 5-46 and Muchall 5-33.
Castle Eden ran out five-wicket victors at struggling Blaydon.
Paul Underwood (46) and Josh Burke (24) gave Blaydon a useful start, with Geoff Stewart’s 30, plus Jamie Wightman’s 21 not out, helping them to 193-9 in 55 overs.
Richard Ede (3-38) and Alan Unsworth (3-33) stood out with the ball, while Jeremy Warner took 2-66.
Castle Eden were inspired by Saeed Bin Nasir’s fine 54 and an unbeaten 64 from Keith Bailey as victory came in the 44th over, backed by Liam Irwin (14), Unsworth (18) and James O’Neill (27no), despite Phil Miller snatching 4-63.