Durham Cricket League: Sanderson and Winn steal the show as Murton outgun resilient Houghton to go top

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Murton capped off a scintillating run of results by becoming the new leaders in Division Two.

Their 24-run home victory over Houghton enabled them to jump above both Peterlee and Ushaw Moor.

The victory made it six of the very best, their half dozen consecutive wins amounting to their most consistent spell for several years, although this latest success was by no means easy.

The new table-toppers had to weather a shaky start, skipper Ben Wicling providing the rock upon which the innings was built with an opening 69 scored from 78 balls and including nine fours and two sixes.

And the necessary back-up came later in the order from Jordan Vout and Richard Arnott who both contributed 34 to the eventual total of 211-9 in 39 overs. Aiden Vout added 20.

Niki Lawson kept picking up wickets for Houghton to keep the home team in check, eventually ending with six victims for the loss of 60 runs.

Lawson also gave Houghton late hope of rescuing a remarkable result as he hit eight boundaries in 44 runs scored from the number nine slot.

But Sam Sanderson (5-44) and Chris Winn (4-57) were not to be denied, the visitors eventually all out in 38.4 overs for 187. Gandhar Bhatawadekar made an impressive 49, with Jon Barron adding 20 at No 10.

Ryhope won for the fifth time this summer, comfortable eight-wicket winners against struggling neighbours Silksworth.

Sagar Udeshi (3-28) and Adrian Hedley (4-38) combined to bowl the visitors out for 76, despite 23 from Robbie Jones, with four boundaries, and Gary McAvoy’s 21, featuring two fours and a six.

John Errington added 2-5 late on.

The run chase took just 50 minutes as Connor Pearson (38 not out, with five fours and two sixes) led the charge, supported by Udeshi’s 31, with five fours and a six.

Whiteleas enjoyed one of their best days, toppling hosts Peterlee by 39 runs to move into joint second place alongside Ushaw Moor and Evenwood.

Runs down the order did the trick, Leas losing their first six batsmen for just 67 runs. Abdul Ameer added some lustre with an unbeaten 46, and with Rob Scorer contributing a more than useful 24 not out the visitors clawed their way up to a defendable score of 152-7 from their 50 overs.

And defend it they did as Ameer added two more victims to his league tally of 37 and Scorer proved unstoppable, bagging five wickets for 18 runs from nine tremendous overs.

Peterlee crumbled to 113 all out, with 16 apiece by joint top scorers Craig Deighton, David Garraghan and Andrew Bates, to lose by 39 runs.

After three recent defeats, Peterlee’s chances of promotion appear to have receded significantly.

Evenwood declared on 202-8 against Boldon CA, with Khan unbeaten on 101. Stuart Johnson enjoyed a memorable stint with the ball, snaffling 6-58.

In reply, Boldon CA were all out for 113, despite Rajan Kumarasamy’s 30, to go down by 89 runs as Khan (4-34) and David Wilkinson snr (4-28) ran the show.