Hylton’s woes increased in Division One, although they put up a spirited performance at Bunker Hill before going down by 64 runs to Philadelphia on Saturday.
Shaun Hauxwell (80) set Philadelphia on their way to a declared total of 200-6, backed by Paul Hollinshead (47), with Syed Ahmed Mahfuz bagging 3-45.
Stevie Wright (5-27) then hammered another nail into the Wearsiders’ relegation coffin as they were bowled out for 136, Tanz Choudray top-scoring with 34. Amarjeet Singh plundered 3-41.
The win lifted Phili above Dawdon, who were outplayed in their home match against Easington.
Sujit Nayak proved to be the potent force in that game, his 60-ball 55 the top score as Easington declared on 189-8 after 47 overs, with Robbie Atherton and Tariq Aziz both adding 39.
Bhavesh Patel grabbed 3-45 for Dawdon, who were polished off for just 103 in their reply after Gary Ward (4-14 from 12 overs) had caused early havoc and Navak weighed in with 4-18.
Burnopfield saw five points whittled off their overall lead – which now stands at 66 – when their home game against Durham City fell foul of the weather, although they were by no means certain of victory after losing two wickets for 14 runs in pursuit of a target of 140.
The pairing of Jake McCann (29) and Danielle Hazell (39) brought Durham back into the game after they had been 55-6, with Andrew Hutchinson making 19, and then a wicket apiece from Paul Moralee and Hutchinson had shaken the table-toppers in their three overs at the crease.
Seaham Park’s title challenge looks to be fading.
They were unable to overcome a Horden team who have struggled for most of the season but got the best of the encounter on Saturday after racking up 227-8 in 45 overs.
Adam Dixon (79, with six boundaries) and Lal Kumar (59, with five fours) were the driving forces, supported by Wayne Birks (23), with three fours and a six) and Carl Watson (21).
Michael Walker plundered 4-42 in 11 overs, with Bradley Robinson snaffling 3-57.
Park were never up with the required rate in their reply, closing out on 179-5 after 50 overs as Dixon added four wickets to his earlier runs.
Siddharth Chitnis led the way with six fours in 67 for Park, backed by Walker’s 57, with five fours, and opener Michael McNicholas (27).
Castle Eden just can’t haul themselves away from the danger zone, a fifth defeat of the summer leaving them stranded in the bottom two.
They found the Esh Winning bowlers in tip top form, Paul Chivers (5-42) and Jibran Khan (3-12) having Castle Eden back in the shed for 107, with Alan Unsworth (21) top-scoring.
But at least the visiting bowlers showed similar spirit as Esh lost six wickets before the game was won. Ryan Ball and Daniel Baldwin both struck twice, with Michael Oughton’s 33 leading Esh home in 29 overs.
Bill Quay’s home game against Crook lost 26 overs following a late start for the rain.
Quay then cracked on to 240-2 in 32 overs, a scintillating unbeaten 138 from former Hylton skipper Alan Mustard the highlight. He faced just 90 balls, and hit 15 fours and eight sixes.
Crook’s response never threatened the home total, Town closing on 145-1 after 37 overs.