Junior cricket: Matthew’s slick half-century not enough for Sunderland as Eppleton edge home

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Eppleton enjoyed a four-wicket Durham Cricket Board U15 Central Division triumph against Sunderland.

The Ashbrooke side enjoyed Matthew Walmsley’s unbeaten half-century, but they struggled to 86-7, Jamie Hair adding 10, as Jye Richardson (3-9) and Josh Hutchinson (2-17) starred with the ball.

Hollie Forsyth (22) and Edward Brown (21no) led Eppleton home in 18 overs, with Walmsley and Kang each striking twice.

Chester-le-Street beat Durham City by 14 runs after Luke Allen’s unbeaten helped them to 121-5.

Luke Hawkins added 27 in a stand of 97 for the first wicket, while James Lumb added 12. Adam Crawford grabbed 2-17.

Jonny Bushnell’s unbeaten 53 boosted City in their reply, but they managed just 107-6, despite 16 from Fyfe and 15 not out from Tom Reynolds. Ollie Barrett struck twice.

Sacriston beat Burnmoor after posting 199-3, thanks largely to Matthew Brown (53), Sol Bell (52) and Callum Dodds (37).

Five Burnmoor batters got starts - James Thompson making 27, Rowell adding 21 and Cummersdale 18 - but they fell short on 103-5 as Callum Dodds took two wickets.

Wearmouth scored a 23-run North East Division triumph against Whitburn.

Lewis Thompson (28no), McGonnell (26), Ben Young (25no), Lewis Smillie (17) and Jamie Patterson (13) helped the Carley Hill lads to 145-3.

Whitburn responded as Elliott Hearn made an unbeaten 52, backed by Ben Colley (30no) and Ben Hutchinson (13), but they lost out on 122-5. Thompson and McGonnell took two wickets apiece.

Peterlee proved too strong for Murton in their South East Division clash. Jack Norman (13) top-scored as Murton struggled to 36 all out, with Ethan Robson grabbing 3-0. Curtis Richardson’s unbeaten 24 hurried Peterlee home by eight wickets in 6.4 overs.

Peterlee beat Easington by 16 runs in the U13 Ernie Lamb Cup semi-final.

James Garraghan (29) steered Peterlee to 80-8, with Kieran Jolly snaffling 3-14 and Thomas Watson 2-14. Rhys Brown (14) and James Watson (13) led Easington’s 64-8, Owen Taylor grabbing three wickets.