Durham Cricket League: Horden batters on fire to climb above Hylton in fight for survival

Hylton batsman John Stokoe hits out against Philadelphia
Hylton batsman John Stokoe hits out against Philadelphia
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Horden became the latest side to heap misery on hapless Boldon CA, who have just 15 points to show from their 12 games.

Wayne Birks (102 from 88 balls, with 11 fours and three sixes) and Akshay Jambhekar (101 not out from 110 balls, with 15 boundaries) took the opportunity to fill their batting boots in a 142-run opening partnership, Horden (223-1 declared) eventually winning by 111 runs as Adam Dixon (3-17), Adam Scott (3-14) and Jambhekar (3-34) dominatedas Boldon struggled to 112 all out in 41.1 overs.

Horden’s victory lifted them above Hylton and out of the bottom two.

Hylton dropped into relegation danger after a home stalemate against Philadelphia, who have now drawn eight of their 12 league games.

John Stokoe (70) and Andrew Kibble (57) each hit seven fours and two sixes as Hylton batted through 50 overs to reach 225-9, Steve Wright taking star billing in the Phili attack with an 11-over burst of 6-34.

The Phili reply of 169-3 only lasted 35 overs, a situation which frustrated Shaun Hauxwell to such an extent he was run out for 97 when in sight of a well-deserved century. Stephen Greenwell (58) kept Hauxwell company in a second-wicket stand of substance.

Dawdon emerged victorious from the top-of-the-table clash at Castle Eden, a not unexpected result given the player availability issues faced by the home club ahead of the game, with seven regular first-teamers missing.

The wedding of Dean Langridge took five from the normal Castle Eden line-up, as well as Richard Ede from the Dawdon dressing room, and, with holidays also beginning to bite, the hosts could have done with an easier fixture as the second half of the season began in earnest.

But Castle Eden put up a battling display, making 153 in 40 overs, with Liam Brown cracking 60 from 60 balls. They then had Dawdon on the ropes at 84-5, with Robbie McGlasham grabbing three of the wickets to fall, before James Dent (49 not out from 51 balls) joined his skipper, Stephen Gale (66 not out in 108 balls), to ease their team to victory in 41.3 overs.

Dawdon started the day in third spot, two points behind Castle Eden, but leapfrogged their beaten opponents to go 12 points clear in second place. On the downside, they actually lost ground on leaders Esh Winning, who outplayed Durham City to take maximum points and open up a 14-point gap at the top.

Esh dominated this encounter, rattling up 222-7 in 45 overs and then declaring, skipper Dave Lawlor setting the scene with seven fours and two sixes in a rip roaring start in which the opener scored 46 from just 23 balls.

Michael Robson then added an unbeaten half-century. Despite missing their two opening bowlers, the Esh attack still managed to deliver the goods, bowling Durham out for 129 in 46 overs, Mark Davison picking up 3-41 as the six -man attack all enjoyed wicket taking success.

Mainsforth maintained their challenge, a six-wicket victory over Crook lifting them up to third place, although now some 26 points behind the leaders.

Easington crashed to a 148-run defeat at the hands of Bill Quay, Usman Malvi causing problems with bat and ball as he made a top scoring 64 in a Quay total of 248-9, and then bagged 4-30 as Easington subsided to 100 all out.