EASINGTON have been playing well recently, but they gained arguably their best victory of the season on Saturday when they dumped 3D Durham Coast League title-favourites Seaham Park out for 111 and went on to win by five wickets.
The visitors went into the match with a few players missing, but you couldn’t tell as Jordan Wilson (4-18) and Dane Wilson (3-27) put Park on the rack.
With Farukh Iqbal’s 15 being the top score the home team found it impossible to escape the grip of the bowlers with Ryan Higgins (2-14) and Mattie Cowell (1-0) wrapping things up nicely.
Ben Wicling (32) then gave Easington the start they wanted before Cowell masterminded the final rites with an unbeaten 37 that left Park with just three points from the encounter.
The victory moved Easington to within 13 points of leaders Murton who found they were unable to overcome the resistance of a defiant Silksworth side.
The Silks still had that mid-April pasting by Murton in the back of their minds when they took to the field, and it was slow progress for the table-toppers as they plodded through 48 overs in scoring 132-5.
Skipper Dave Hanson batted through the innings, scoring just four boundaries in his unbeaten 51, and then he had to watch as Craig Nield did an even more defiant job for the Silks as he notched up an unbeaten 68 to keep his side safe on 110-6 after 33 overs of batting.
After last week’s disastrous display, Dawdon recovered their composure to defeat visitors Boldon CA and reignite their championship hopes.
Dave Tate hit three sixes in his 35, but no one else could cope with the bowling of Liam Cowell who sent down 11 excellent overs, which included five maidens, to pick up the superb figures of 5-12.
Set just 84 to win Dawdon didn’t dawdle as they raced to victory inside 18 overs with skipper Stephen Gale cracking seven fours and a six in a breezy 43.
Ryhope turned on the batting style to defeat visitors Bill Quay by a convincing eight wickets after being set a challenging 166.
A run-a-ball 50 from Micky Orridge did Quay a good turn, but John Errington’s 12-over burst, in which he picked up 5-25, put the home team in the driving seat. Youngster Connor Pearson then took over, scoring an unbeaten 88 which included no fewer than eight sixes and five other boundaries. His runs came from just 65 balls and rushed Ryhope to success inside 24 overs.
Seaham Harbour gained a welcome victory, only their third of the season, when they defeated visitors Peterlee by an emphatic 102 runs.
Jack Lacey hit six fours and two sixes in an unbeaten 51 that anchored Harbour’s 42-over declared total of 167-7, this despite Ben Green and Dan Devine sharing six wickets.
Stuart Lacey then proved way too good for the visitors as he sent down 11 overs, seven of which were maidens, and claimed 6-15. Peterlee rolled over for 65 in 31 overs.
In the day’s other game, Hylton struggled up to 110 in 35 overs, the bottom order collapsing after Liam Foster (33) and Andy Kibble (46) had raised hopes of better things. Stephen King ruled with 5-25, and with Andrew Ebdale bagging 3-35 it was a relatively simple task for Darren Hickey (58no) to inspire a seven-wicket win.