Eppleton climbing, but it’s Kimblesworth who are on top

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IT was all-change at the top on Saturday as the leading pair in the Warmseal Durham Senior League crashed to defeat and new kids Kimblesworth barged into pole position.

Boldon were out of sorts at Horden, where the home side enjoyed bowling first after several days of rain left conditions favouring the side with the ball in their hands.

And West Indian Adelvin Phillip made the most of conditions, picking up four wickets to join with Adam Dixon in rolling the champions over for 133 in 47 overs.

Geoff Houmark showed the necessary fight with a battling 40 for the visitors, but Dixon’s spell of 3-30 in 15 overs proved the telling factor.

Graham Smith then anchored the home response with a solid 45, Phillip adding the final flourish with an unbeaten 23 as Horden eased to a five-wicket win in the 34th over.

Burnmoor took the brave decision to declare against Whitburn after they’d reached a score of 187-4.

And it a decision that was to reap rewards as they kept the visitors interested enough to go for the win – which led to their downfall.

Jimmy Daley (60) and Paul Davidson (58) gave Burnmoor the momentum and then it was over to new man Muhammad Zahid, who spun his new team to victory with 5-42, Davidson completing a fine personal day with three wickets of his own as Whitburn were bowled out for 152.

Kimblesworth grasped the chance to leapfrog their two beaten rivals, winning by six wickets at Durham.

City skipper Paul Price shook Kimbles when he lashed an unbeaten 68 towards the end of the Durham innings.

Price’s five fours and four sixes lifted the home team to a 55-over score of 206-8, Mike Elliott having contributed 40 at the top of the order.

A couple of early strikes gave Durham hope, but then Craig Burke smashed seven fours and three sixes to move the visitors ahead of the required rate, which allowed Johnny Green (42no) to see his side home.

Eppleton moved into second with a convincing seven-wicket victory over South Hetton, the win set up by Sura Malinga’s 10-over burst of 5-22 that bowled Hetton out for just 115, despite 42 from Robbie Atherton.

Eppleton then had the job sewn up in 28 overs, Kyle Davis making batting look easy with seven fours and three sixes in a match-winning 66 that moved his side into title contention, just six points behind the new leaders.

In the day’s other games Castle Eden collapsed against Norton paceman Jon Kean (8-18) and were beaten by eight wickets, while Felling and Philadelphia fought out a high-scoring draw in which the home side’s Danny Clark scored a superb undefeated 137, which included 17 boundaries.