Durham Cricket League: City KO rocks Hylton as drop looms for Mustard’s battlers

Seaham  Park celebrate getting Murton's Ben Wicling out early on in Saturday's game.
Seaham Park celebrate getting Murton's Ben Wicling out early on in Saturday's game.
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Hylton are facing the drop from Division One after Saturday’s 37-run defeat to Durham City left them 16 points adrift of safety with only three games to go.

City moved into second place with their Nick Maiolo-inspired success at the Billy Hardy Centre.

The young Aussie hit 30 runs as City posted 205-7 in 45 overs, supporting Jonny Harding (47), Callum Steel (49) and Cameron Fyfe (37) and then took 5-16 in 12 overs as the relegation-threatened Wearsiders were bowled out for 168.

Adam Bewick (3-32) and Alan Mustard (3-55) did their best with the ball for Hylton, with skipper Mustard leading by example in the home reply, firing 12 boundaries in 65, backed by John Stokoe (27) and Bewick (20).

Easington are the team immediately above second-bottom Hylton, their plight easing slightly after they earned draw points in a battling home display against Philadelphia.

Phili rattled up 237-5 in 49 overs. Paul Hollinshead (51no) and Anthony Hornby (67no) piled on the late runs for Phili, but a half-century from Stuart Pattison and a backs-to-the-wall, unbeaten 20 from Easington skipper Dane Wilson saved the day on 162-8.

Horden’s win over Dawdon was emphatic. They had nine wickets to spare when they overhauled Dawdon’s first innings effort of 80 (Alan Anderson top-scoring on 26), Akshay Jambhekar taking the lead role with three wickets for 15 runs, followed by an unbeaten 52 from 70 balls, as the home team rubber stamped their top-flight status in 22.4 overs.

Lewis Broom bagged 3-16 for Horden, with Adam Dixon taking 2-10.

The Division One title race will extend into the bank holiday weekend after Mainsforth recorded a resounding win at Castle Eden which kept their wafer-thin chances of a miracle alive.

Facing a potentially tricky encounter, the outsiders turned on the style to win by the huge margin of 132 runs and lop 10 points off Esh Winning’s advantage, which now stands at 78 points.

It will still need a remarkable combination of results for Mainsforth to pull off the virtually impossible, but, with the leaders next on their agenda, and their game in hand due to be played on Bank Holiday Monday, they could conceivably take the race into the final weekend with two more positive displays.

The game at Castle Eden wasn’t all plain sailing, but 43 in 83 balls from Gary Cummings, and 43 not out from just 36 deliveries by Aidan Cummings enabled Mainsforth to reach 203-6 in their 50 overs.

The hosts crumbled as Jonny Barnes (3-12 from 12 overs) and Gary Cummings (3-34) delivered the main blows that saw the home team rolled over for just 71 in 35 overs.

Meanwhile, Esh were just happy to take 20 points from a testing home match against Crook.

Bowlers held sway in damp conditions, Town tumbling for 85 as Suhrawadi Shuvo (4-16) and Michael Oughton (3-14) headlined in the home attack, but then Esh lost six wickets in their 15-over rush for the finishing line, Dave Embleton (5-37) causing a few tremors along the way.