MURTON returned to winning ways in the second of game of the weekend yesterday to maintain top spot in the 3D Sports Durham Coast League.
But it proved a double dose of woe for Ryhope, who lost for a second day in succession.
Ryhope never got going against an effective attack in which Richard Bentley turned the screw with 2-16 in 12 overs, the visitors limping to 88 all out in 45 overs as Dave Hanson bagged 3-4.
Murton knocked off the runs in 22 overs to secure a seven-wicket success. Aidan Vout smashed five sixes and three fours as he hit 57 in 41 dramatic balls.
Dawdon are gathering a head of steam. After running Murton close in Saturday’s stalemate they made fairly quick work of visitors Bill Quay despite Jeff Tudor’s half-century. Thomas Spinks, with 4-8 in seven overs, wrapped up Quay for 128.
A 69-run opening stand between Arjun Purewal (29) and Stephen Gale put Dawdon in the driving seat, and skipper Gale sealed an eight-wicket victory with an unbeaten 67, which included eight boundaries.
Seaham Harbour made it two wins in two days, but they faced an almighty struggle before scraping a two-wicket success against Hylton, who were bowled out for a meagre 75.
Visitors Hylton were 61-1 before an epic collapse, with nine wickets falling for just 14 runs, as Neville Gustard (4-9) and Stuart Lacey, who took four wickets for a single run in seven overs of destruction, stole the show.
Harbour were in for a shock, though, as Kit Allan senior bagged five wickets on his return to make it tough.
Silksworth were always fighting an uphill battle after slipping to 24-5 against Washington. David Nield (34) and Steve Wright (42) engineered a recovery, but Jack Gaff (3-14) and Adam Hickey (4-53) bowled them out for 126. Joe Thompson (35) and Hickey (38no) then eased Washington home.
Struggling champions Boldon CA were crushed by six wickets after being bowled out for just 49 in 32.3 overs, Easington earning their first win as a result, from just 16 overs. Lee Jackson hit 31 of the 49 as Jordan Wilson (4-11) spearheaded the mayhem.
Seaham Park overcame bogey team Peterlee by seven wickets, cementing second place, 12 points behind the leaders.
On Saturday, Silksworth pulled off the upset of the day with a great three-wicket win at Ryhope, who were 1-3 before Lee Gilbert’s rescue act with a battling half-century. Chris Pringle (4-22) and Steve Wright (4-22) worked in tandem as Ryhope slumped to 110 all out.
Silksworth skipper Paul Smailes (37) and Mike Nicholson (32) produced a fourth-wicket stand of 50. The loss of three wickets on 101 provided a scare, but they regathered to secure the win.
Seaham Park enjoyed a fine victory at Washington, who regretted their 44-over declaration of 175. Stephen Cuthbertson (76) and Nick Thompson (45) set the hosts on their way in a 111-run opening stand, with skipper Mike McNicholas (3-41) halting their progress.
Park lost three early wickets, but Kamran Mansoor’s whirlwind 95no, with seven fours and five sixes, and 55no from opener Alan Anderson, secured a seven-wicket win.
Seaham Harbour won by three wickets at Bill Quay. Neville Gustard and Stuart Pattison shared six wickets as Quay were dismissed for 140 inside 40 overs, and Harbour sailed to victory as Jeff Laws (26) and Ryan Martin (38no) steadied the ship after falling to 35-5.
Hylton got by far the better of a draw with Boldon CA. Ben Taylor (57) hit seven boundaries as Hylton racked up 209-9, helped by 29 apiece from Liam Foster and Gary Braithwaite. Gavin Barnes (3-30) and Graham Shovelin (3-13) had Boldon on the ropes at 112-7.
Dawdon ran Murton close before conceding a draw. John Sample’s unbeaten 72 steered the visitors to 139-9, with Liam Cowell bagging 4-33, before Richard Bentley grabbed four wickets as Dawdon closed on 125-7, with Jamie Greenwood (40) top-scoring.
Easington’s derby against Peterlee was abandoned.