Joe Blacklock’s half-century inspires Eppleton Under-19s’ Vitality Blast success

Joe Blacklock hits out on the way to 50 for Eppleton U19s against Sunderland. Picture by Tom Richardson
Joe Blacklock hits out on the way to 50 for Eppleton U19s against Sunderland. Picture by Tom Richardson
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Eppleton Under-19s edged home by 25 runs against Sunderland at Church Road in the North East Premier League’s T20 Vitality Blast.

Eppleton won the toss and elected to bat, getting off to a flier, having 45 on the board in just the third over.

Joseph Stuart was out for 48 for Sunderland U19s at Eppleton. Picture by Tom Richardson

Joseph Stuart was out for 48 for Sunderland U19s at Eppleton. Picture by Tom Richardson

Joe Blacklock led the way for the Hetton side with an unbeaten 50, backed 30 from Marcus Brown.

Lewis Reay (29no) and Lewis Wardle (21no) then came into the middle at six and seven to see Eppleton to a daunting total of 177-3 from 20 overs. Jamie Hair bagged 2-22 for Sunderland, while Joseph Stuart also struck.

In Sunderland’s reply, Sam Brigham fell cheaply for 11, but Joseph Stuart rallied the Ashbrooke lads before being stumped on 48. just short of his half-century.

Jack Johnson hit a valuable 51, but Sunderland fell just short in their response. Edward Brown (2-20) and Jake Pratt (1-20) both struck for Eppleton.

Boldon earned their second win in three games, sinking Chester-le-Street by two wickets in the Durham Cricket Board Junior League’s Under-18 First Division.

Scott Robson (50no), Robbie Dawson (38), Thomas Cullen (20no) and Luke Allen (19) helped Chester to 160-3.

But Nathan Hewitt’s magnificent 66 off 35 balls, with seven fours and four sixes, inspired Boldon’s victorious reply, backed by Jacob McCord (26), Oliver Sampson-Barnes (33) and Kyle Groombridge (18).

Dawson took 3-18, while Chester forced five run-outs.

South Shields beat Sacriston by 21 runs. Adam May top-scored with 29 as Shields posted 136-8, with Ellis Horner grabbing 4-28.

Matthew Brown hit 51 off 53 balls, with two fours and three sixes, but Sacriston fell short on 115-4, with Tommy Bell adding 20 and Jack Adams 18.

High-flying Ryhope secured a 42-run Second Division win over Marsden.

Jake Liddle hit seven fours in a 31-ball 37, while Owen Vaughan had six fours and a six in a 48-ball 60 as Ryhope reached 127-4, with Ricky Mendonca adding 18. Zack Curry took 2-27.

Marsden struggled to 85-6 in reply, led by Owen Ames’s (30). Graham Pickering took 2-21.

Felling made 104-7 and clinched a 10-run win over eight-man Whiteleas and Harton.

Sacriston beat Littletown by 11 runs to climb to sixth place in the Durham Cricket Board Junior League’s Under-13 Central Division.

Sacriston posted 105-4 in their 20 overs, with Sam Surtees hitting 32 off 42 balls while fellow opener Louis Anderson made 22 from 39, each with three fours.

Mckenzie Smith added 15, including a six, with Daniel Baker, Toby Fisher and Alexander Royle all striking.

Littletown responded with 94-7. Ben Elliott top-scored with 27, featuring three boundaries, while Oscar Davies had five fours in 26 and James Gregory ended 12 not out. Tyler Flintoff bagged 2-5 and Surtees took 2-6.