Murton suffered a surprise defeat at Langley Park (265-6), where Shiv Mehra (101 from 95 balls) set up only the home team’s second win of a difficult summer in Division Two.
But that didn’t tell anywhere near the whole story as Jordan Vout, coming in at number 11 for Murton, sensationally blasted five sixes and 12 fours, lifting his side from a desperate 86-9 before he finally fell for exactly 100 with the total on 194 – a last-wicket partnership of 108 to which he contributed all but eight.
The question for all local cricket supporters is whether a number eleven in club cricket has ever scored a hundred before?
The First Division title race is all but run, but the same cannot be said of the second tier as Burnopfield made more inroads into Seaham Park’s lead on Saturday.
With the showdown between the pair looming in less than a fortnight, and the difference between the two of them now down to 23 points, it really is game on.
While Park (209-9, with Mark Race hitting 81 and Kit Allan 55) were clinging on for their draw at Evenwood (220-9), Burnopfield were obliterating bottom club Houghton, the hapless home team blown away for just 34 as Lawrence Wood and Gareth Breese shared eight wickets in a game lasting just 28 overs in total.
Marsden are not completely out of the picture yet, their win over Ryhope enabling them to leapfrog their opponents into third spot.
The win was a tour de force for skipper Chris Mann, who followed up a top-scoring 62 with six wickets for 12 runs as his side won by 68 runs. Steven Neilson bagged 3-42 as Ryhope fell for 99.
Michael Thorpe took 5-25 in Marsden’s innings of 167 all out
There were two centurions at Silksworth, but, unfortunately for the Wearsiders, they were in the opposition camp as Ushaw Moor’s Billy Teesdale (121no) and John Southeran (101no) lifted the Moor to 253-2 to set up a 74-run victory,.
Aussie Aaron Shellie (seven fours and five sixes in 91) rushed Peterlee to their eighth win of the summer as Whiteleas were beaten by six wickets.