Junior cricket: Luke’s classy ton inspires Whitburn

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LUKE Smith’s classy, unbeaten century steered Whitburn to a commanding 122-run win over Felling in the the Durham Cricket Board’s Under-18 North East Division.

Smith hit 14 fours and four sixes in a memorable 111 not out, supported by Ryan Parkin (35) and William Emmerson (28) in their 198-3, Jack Riley taking two of the wickets to fall.

Felling, in reply, were restricted to 76-5, with Riley (27no) and Lloyd Simpson (23) leading the way. Daniel Bennett, Howell Hurst, Anthony Chambers and William Johnson shared the wickets.

Marsden outgunned Boldon (58-5) by 114 runs, with L. Curry (72) and R. Little (39) top-scoring.

Jack Hardy fired an unbeaten 84, with 12 fours and two sixes, to secure Sacriston’s 46-run victory over Eppleton in the Central Division.

Sacriston made 171-2, with Jack Keall adding 33 not out. Eppleton faced a testing challenge, but they have it a good go, ending on 125-3 to lose by 46 runs. Braydn Davis impressed again with an unbeaten 69 from 63 balls, backed by skipper Luke Hutchinson (22no). Jack Hardy and Dan Anderson both managed run-outs.

Durham City and Chester-le-Street conceded their ties to Philadelphia and Burnmoor respectively.

In the South East Division, Oliver Wheatman was all but unplayable as he grabbed six Castle Eden wickets for the loss of just three runs as Seaham Harbour (62-2) cruised to an eight-wicket win.

Liam Stores plundered 3-10 as Ryhope skittled Seaham Park for 42 before easing home by 10 wickets.

Easington made 110-6, inspired by 54 from J. Archer, but Horden came through to win by seven wickets on 114-3, with Josh Broom unbeaten on 54.

* See today’s Sunderland Echo for team pictures of Ryhope and Seaham Park Under-18s.