NE Premier League: Shahbaz, Turner set up impressive Sunderland success at Gateshead Fell
Sunderland impressed in picking up their fifth win in Division One on Saturday.
The Ashbrooke men clinched a six-wicket triumph at Gateshead Fell, capitalising after winning the toss and putting the home side in to bat.
Opener Rob Stacey hit four fours in 20 before Sam Roseby (14) added 60 for the fourth wicket with Stephen Devenport (40 off 48 balls, with seven boundaries).
Richard Smith added 25 off 55 balls, before Fell lost their last three wickets for four runs to be dismissed for 145 in 41 overs.
Zaheer Shahbaz snatched 4-41 in his 14 overs, while Mark Turner took 4-15 in eight. Quinton Boatswain (1-25) and Jaspreet Singh (1-17) also struck.
Opener Greg Applegarth was the mainstay of the Sunderland reply, firing 13 boundaries in a quickfire, 38-ball 62. He put on 43 for the first wicket with Dan Shurben (10) and 32 for the second alongside Ramanpreet Singh, who had five fours in a 32-ball 26.
Chris Youldon’s 22 not out, with five fours, and Mark Turner’s 24, with two fours and a six, got the Wearsiders home in 24.4 overs for the loss of four wickets. Andrew Porter took 3-41.
Burnmoor retained second place, and still trail leaders Burnopfield by 18 points.
The home side took first knock and totalled 199-7, with Liam Dixon scoring 32 before Marc Symington hit 51 and Craig Symington 52. Ian Male was the pick of the Boldon attack, returning figures of 3-17.
In reply, Boldon could only manage 113 all out, with only Ian Pattison, with a defiant 58, managing to get into double figures.
Marc Symington starred with the ball, grabbing 4-37, while Samiullah Khan took 2-12 and Dixon 2-28.
South Shields claimed only their second win of the season, securing a four-wicket triumph at mid-table Willington.
Willington, who chose to bat, made 174 all out in 52.4 overs, led by No 5 batsman Lachlan Marron, who hit six boundaries in a 115-ball 47.
Openers Adam Khan (36, with seven fours, off 66 balls) and James Stock (25 off 30, with six fours) gave them a good platform, with Robert Whitehead adding a useful 33 down the order, featuring seven fours.
Sam Embleton was the hero for Shields, snaffling 5-43 in his 15 overs, while Adam May weighed in with 3-30. Bradley Skinner and Michael Dunn also struck.
Shields slipped from 44-1 to 47-4 in their reply and looked in trouble, despite Chris Rainbow’s 30 off 36 balls, with six fours.
But Embleton (41 off 49 balls, with nine boundaries) and Ben Scott (63 not out, with nine fours, off 93 deliveries) put on 71 for the fifth wicket. Scott saw Shields home, backed by Luke Elliot’s unbeaten 19, the end coming in the 42nd over.
Jake Dickinson took 3-28, with Khan bagging 2-44.
Leaders Burnopfield got back to winning ways, seeing off hosts Castle Eden by four wickets.
Castle Eden endured a dismal start, going from 0-1 to 47-5 and 72-7, despite Saeed Bin Nasir’s 39 off 48 balls, with six fours.
Youngster Isaac Unsworth (15, with two fours and a six) put on 41 for the eighth wicket with Richard Ede (56 off 55, with seven fours and three sixes), and Ede added another 73 for the ninth with Ben Simpson (38 off 39 balls, with four fours and two sixes).
Castle Eden were all out for 186 in 40.3 overs, with Matthew Oswell’s haul of 4-33 doing most of the damage. Scott Steel took 2-40 and Neil Killeen 2-27.
Burnopfield slipped to 37-3 in their reply, with John Oswell hitting three fours and two sixes in an 18-ball 28.
Jonathan Pears (69no off 98 balls, with 13 fours), Callum Thorp (23), Adam Tinnion (19) and Killeen (15no) guided the table-toppers home to an eighth win in 11 games.
Keith Bailey plundered 4-40 in vain for Castle Eden, with Bin Nasir and Unsworth also striking.
Brandon picked up their fifth victory, seeing off hosts Blaydon by five wickets in a match which lasted a total of 46 overs.
Only two batsmen, opener Paul Underwood (33, with six fours) and Ross Nicholson (57 off 47 balls, with seven fours and two sixes) got into double figures as Blaydon folded for 103 in just 25 overs.
Gordon Muchall showed his experience, grabbing 5-12 in six overs, backed by Karl Turner (3-6), with Oscar Dewhurst and Stephen Humble also striking.
Brandon hurried to victory, despite seeing Blaydon bowler Joseph Reynolds swoop for all five wickets to fall, finishing with 5-38 in 11 overs.
Openers Turner, with five fours, and Matthew Brown, with three boundaries, hit 22 apiece, while Muchall made 17 and Chris Peareth got them home with an unbeaten 13, with victory achieved in 21 overs.