Devastating Dawdon destroyed Murton to set up a grandstand finish to the 3D Durham Coast League championship race, writes Chris West.
With just seven games remaining, Murton’s once mighty lead has now been whittled down to a flimsy six points, and with Easington breathing down the top two’s necks it looks like a three-horse race as the leading contenders gallop headlong towards the finishing line.
A victory for Murton would have virtually assured them of the title, and when they had Dawdon down on their knees, with seven batsmen back in the pavilion for just nine runs between them, the adrenaline was flowing.
But Ryan Consitt (45) found an able ally in number nine Kam Hamid (22no), and with last man Liam Cowell adding a crucial 17 Dawdon scrambled to 106 in 48 overs. Murton then collapsed spectacularly as Mark Ewart (4-6) and David Coates (4-18) pulled the rug from under them in sensational fashion.
And that defeat also let Easington back into the picture – they picked up an easy 25 points with a 98-run derby win at Peterlee.
Jason Moses (57) and Mark Cowell (36no) laid the foundations of Easington’s declared total of 163-5, and then new signing Scott Birks (3-9), along with Alistair Watson (3-10), put Peterlee on the rack, and they slid to 65 all out.
* Full round-up in tonight’s Sunderland Echo