Brilliant Blunt stars with bat and ball to steer Burnmoor home to derby success

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RILEY Blunt starred with bat and ball to help Burnmoor outgun Chester-le-Street by nine wickets in their DCB Under-15 Central Division showdown.

Blunt snatched three wickets for just nine runs, helped by 3-10 from Blackburn, as Chester struggled to 55-8. Blunt’s unbeaten 34 then steered Moor home.

Scott Steel and William Moreland both plundered unbeaten half-centuries to lead Durham City to a 10-wicket win over Sunderland. The Ashbrooke lads earlier posted 116-6, with Paul Woolston unbeaten on 50 and Callum Woodley finishing on 31 not out.

Matthew Corner starred with an undefeated 53 as Washington secured a six-wicket win over Eppleton. The Harraton side kept Eppleton down to 69 all out, despite 23 from Jordan McGill and 11 from Jack Ramshaw, with Corner, Raj Singh and Jacob Murray all bagging two wickets.

Corner then led Washington home on 74-4 after just 13 overs, Joe Blacklock grabbing two consolation wickets.

In the South East Division, Seaham Park strolled to a six-wicket derby win after skittling Seaham Harbour for 40.

Ryhope scored an impressive six-run success against Castle Eden, reaching 135-2 as Kirtley (52 not out) and Dick (39no) led the way. Dick then produced a brilliant hat-trick on the way to 3-20 as Castle Eden were restricted to 129-9 despite fine knocks from Ball (48) and Taylor (42).

Wearmouth fell just short in their North East Division clash. Chipp’s 3-12 helped keep Gateshead Fell down to 55-8, but Westgate grabbed 3-7 as the Carley Hill side finished on 51-9 in their reply.

* Eppleton Under-11s beat Kimblesworth by 42 runs in their Central Division clash.

Layla Tipton’s unbeaten 37 was backed by 23 from Josh Hutchinson as Eppleton made 110-6. Hutchinson (3-5) and Tipton (2-6) then kept Kimblesworth down to 68-7.

* Hetton Lyons held firm to beat neighbours Eppleton by 23 runs in their Under-13 derby.

Owen Wilson (31) and Ellis Stocker (30) both retired for Lyons on the way to a daunting 158-2. Layla Tipton (31) and Liam Smiles (30) retired for Eppleton in their 135-7, with Edward Brown adding nine. Luke McBeth picked up 3-10 for Hetton 3-10, while Harry Walker bagged 2-8.