Durham Cricket League: Easington’s stunning success puts Hylton in firing line for drop

Dawdon batsman Nathan Newton in action against Hylton on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
Dawdon batsman Nathan Newton in action against Hylton on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Easington will almost certainly live to fight another Division One day after becoming the first side this summer to defeat newly crowned champions Esh Winning.

But their success spells trouble for Hylton, who now look destined for the drop following their hammering by Dawdon.

Make no mistake, Esh Winning were hell bent on attempting to go through the season undefeated, but their plans were thrown into disarray after losing the toss and being inserted on their own square which had absorbed a significant amount of rain in the days leading up to the match.

And the fired-up Easington attack thoroughly enjoyed making use of the favourable conditions, with Jordan Wilson and Vinit Dhulap in particular prospering.

Each bowled their full 12-over stints, Wilson including four maidens in his spell of 4-26, and Dhulap taking 3-15, with six maidens, as Esh were bowled out for 101.

Paul Chivers (4-62) then threatened to spoil the Easington salvation celebrations before Dave Tarn (34) and skipper Dane Wilson (24) made the highest scores of the match to edge the visitors towards their victory target, although it needed Brian Fenwick’s crucial unbeaten eight runs from the number 10 slot to edge Easington over the line, with just one wicket to spare.

Victory took them 25 points clear of the danger zone. With their final match a home game against Boldon CA, they can start planning for another season in the top flight.

Meanwhile, Hylton, who really needed to win their penultimate game at home to Dawdon, were being soundly beaten to the tune of 190 runs.

The Green Drive men rattled up a total of 256-9 before whipping out their hosts for just 66.

John Leslie had a day to remember with 60 runs and six wickets, while Nathan Newton (81) and Richard Ede (3-26) were the other leading Dawdon lights who brought heartache to Hylton.

But all is not lost just yet as Bill Quay actually picked up less points from their six-wicket home defeat at the hands of Crook than Hylton did from their pounding.

As a result, they finished the day just 20 points clear of the drop zone.

Quay were unlocked for 82 in 39 overs, Dave Embleton (4-23) leading the Town hit parade. He then scored an unbeaten 32 to secure the win that condemned the home team to another week of worry.

In this Saturday’s final games, Hylton go to Crook while Bill Quay face a difficult trip to Mainsforth.

Durham City defeated Philadelphia by six wickets after successfully chasing down a stretching target of 183.

England Women’s star Danni Hazell (3-23) and Nick Maiolo (3-42) undid Phili in their 183 all out, with Shaun Hauxwell hitting 54 and Shaun Smith 41, before Maiolo cracked 65 from 72 balls, with Scott Steel adding 37, as City won inside 40 overs.

Castle Eden (179-7) and Horden (131-7) played out a draw which had an end of season feel to it.

Jonathan Brown (47no), Philip Winpenny (40) and Keith Bailey (37) top-scored for Eden, with Jamie Greenwood firing 55 in reply, as Bailey snatched 3-26.

Boldon CA, boosted by last weeks’s first victory of the season, gave a decent account of themselves at Mainsforth before going down by 78 runs.