Durham Cricket League: Hanson, Chitnis spark Seaham Park’s promotion party

Dawdon batsman John Leslie hits out against Hylton on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
Dawdon batsman John Leslie hits out against Hylton on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Seaham Park and Burnopfield both won in convincing fashion on Saturday to clinch the two promotion places in Division Two.

Park look almost certain to be crowned champions when the final curtain comes down this coming Saturday, as they hold a 24-point lead, with their last match at the lower level being against rock-bottom Houghton.

Park overpowered Silksworth by nine wickets after bowling them out for 110, skipper Dave Hanson bagging four wickets for 15 runs before overseas star Siddharth Chitnis cracked eight fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 76 that rushed his side to promotion inside 22 overs.

Michael Waterson top-scored with an unbeaten 47 for Silksworth.

Burnopfield were given a sterner test by Marsden before clinching their own elevation.

However, the class of Gareth Breese shone through once again, the former Durham star taking 4-44 as Marsden were pinned down to 178-8, and then an unbeaten 47, which included seven boundaries, secured a six-wicket success.

Littletown got the better of Murton for their sixth win of a decent first season in the league, despite being bowled out for 161 as Keith Chapman (3-49) and Thomas Spinks (3-16) held sway, backed by two wickets apiece from Chris Winn and Michael Coulthard.

Philip Bennett (59), Shashikant Kadam (28) and Matt Nixon (21) top-scored for Littletown, who then dismissed Murton for 102 in 27.1 overs, despite 24 from Ben Wicling and fellow opener Liam Aiken’s 21. Adam took 4-20 in 12 overs, with Steve Sorrell grabbing 4-23 and Tommy Hodgkiss 2-5.

Houghton bowled Langley Park out for 236, with Gareth Brixton top-scoring on 84 as Niki Lawson plundered 5-54 and Gavin Keen weighed in with 3-70.

In reply, opener Adam Thompson hit 41, with three fours and two sixes, with Paul Reddel hitting 22 and Ross Bainbridge 20 but Jamie Winn’s haul of 7-18 had the visitors all out for 117 in 25.1 overs.

Dylan Buckthorp enjoyed a day to remember with bat and ball in steering Ryhope to a six-wicket win over Evenwood.

Buckthorp bagged a hat-trick in a magnificent burst of 7-34 as Evenwood were skittled for 103, backed by John Errington (3-68).

Buckthorp then hit 35, after opener Michael Thorpe made 24, to ease Ryhope home on 104-4.

Whiteleas were involved in a strange stalemate with hosts Ushaw Moor, who made 194-9 in 45 overs before Leas bedded down for the nigh, safely making 112-3 from their 45 overs.