DURHAM City were the only winners in Division Two of the Readers Durham Cricket League on Saturday – after taking just 36 overs in all to defeat their hosts by nine wickets.
Shildon Railway were bundled out for 72, Nick Maiolo picking up five for 41 and Paul Moralee claiming 3-26, and it took only 9.5 overs to secure the crucial win as skipper Jake McCann (27 not out) led the race to outpace the advancing storm clouds.
Leaders Bill Quay used up 49.5 overs in reaching 199-7 against Ushaw Moor, John Newstead injecting some urgency with an unbeaten 54 from 56 balls before the inevitable abandonment.
Whiteleas lost some of their hard-earned ground after struggling to 105-6 at Langley Park, where Dave Gladstone (4-6) holed their innings amidships to deny them some crucial bonus points.
Seaham Park could perhaps count themselves as the unluckiest side of the day as they were in total control of their match at Peterlee, where the home side had been rolled over for 70 in 31 overs.
An opening stand of 30 created a false dawn for the hosts as Alex Ludlow and Thomas Ferguson then proceeded to blow away all 10 batters for just 40 more runs, five ducks adorning the shipwreck.
Ludlow sent down 12 overs, six of which were maidens, to produce outstanding figures of 5-11, while Ferguson blasted out the tail to end with three wickets for no runs in just eight balls.
Park had rattled up 26-1 in four overs when the cloudburst hit.
Murton at least enjoyed a decent spell at the crease before their game at Silksworth went the way of the majority.
A half century from Fas Hussain, and a late unbeaten 38 from Ian King, lifted Murton to 199-8, this despite a couple of fine spells from Michael Waterson (3-35) and Kieran Laws (4-32) – but that was as far as it got in the fifth rain-affected cricket programme of the summer.