Durham Cricket League: Captain fantastic Mustard inspires Hylton cruise against bottom club Boldon CA

Hylton V Boldon CA Cricket''Hylton Batsmen, Gary Frater (green hat) and Alan Mustard and Boldon bowler, Sean Gleeson
Hylton V Boldon CA Cricket''Hylton Batsmen, Gary Frater (green hat) and Alan Mustard and Boldon bowler, Sean Gleeson
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Hylton handed out another heavy First Division defeat to struggling bottom club Boldon CA on Saturday.

Home skipper Alan Mustard stroked 16 fours and two sixes in his 108-ball innings of 117 not out.

With Gary Frater contributing 60 from just 52 balls and John Stokoe unbeaten on 38, Hylton raced to 248-4 in only 34 overs.

Boldon CA fought hard enough when they batted, David Jones making 58 with eight boundaries, but they eventually succumbed for 153 in the 40th over. Marlon Black led the way with 3-64.

Another woeful batting collapse by Crook Town helped hosts Castle Eden burst to the top of the table, a maximum points victory taking them from fourth to first in one giant leap.

The home team made their intentions clear from the start as they raced to 225-5 inside 42 overs and promptly declared. Dean Langridge hit 17 fours and a six as he opened out with a 94-ball 92, then South African Aat Lindeque blasted 10 fours and two sixes in racing to 60 off 46 balls.

Crook looked in charge of their own destiny as openers Andrew Pratt (40 in 28 balls) and Steve Chapman gave them the best of starts to the run chase, but, when Keith Bailey trapped Pratt lbw, the roof caved in for a second time in three matches.

In scenes horribly reminiscent of their recent Dawdon disaster, when they lost five wickets for no runs, Crook’s last nine men mustered just 19 between them as a bewildered Chapman was left high and dry on 58 not out. Bailey (6-38) induced the latest meltdown.

Dawdon, now masters of the art of brinkmanship, managed to sneak past Easington with just one wicket to spare, the victory keeping them in second spot just one point behind the new leaders.

David Coates thought he had done all the hard work after his 12-over spell of 5-32 in his day job left Dawdon with a modest target of 128, Jason Moses (47) top-scoring, but then he had to do a bit of moonlighting, returning to action as a number 11 bat, and his one not out proving every bit as valuable as his earlier wickets. Stephen Gale (42) led Dawdon, with Vinit Dhulap (4-15) and Jordan Wilson (3-43) shining for Easington.

Durham City took the bulk of the points from their draw at Horden.

City made 189-8, with Senanayake making 52 and Andrew Howson 43, with Carl Watson, Scot Birks, Adam Dixon and Lewis Broom all striking twice, before Horden ensured the draw by playing out time on 156-8.

Matt Billyard (40, with six boundaries) and Adam Dixon (39) top-scoried for the hosts, who rallied to ensure their sixth draw in seven games after falling to 43-4. Andrew Hutchinson grabbed 3-18.

Mainsforth (178-9) and Philadelphia (136-6) could not be separated in another match featuring 85 overs of play. Steven Wright (5-25) and Steve Robinson (3-23) impressed with the ball for Phili, whose top-scoring batsmen were Paul Hollingshead (43no) and Shaun Hauxwell (59).

Esh Winning lost their place at the top courtesy of a draw with Bill Quay in which just 85 overs were completed.