Murton mauled by Maiolo, McCann

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DURHAM City got back into Readers Durham Cricket League Division Two action after their week off, and five wickets from in-form Aussie Nick Maiolo ensured they had a modest target of 133 to chase against Murton.

Keith Chapman (32) top-scored, backed by Richard Lowes (28) and Mohammad Qayyoum (25).

The table-toppers chased emphatically, skipper Jake McCann cracking 10 fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 74 from 70 balls, and Will Allum including nine boundaries in his 57 not out as City romped to a 10-wicket success in just 24 overs.

Ryhope fought back well in their home game against Shildon Railway to claim a 10-run victory despite making just 137 themselves.

Connor Pearson’s 54 was the only bright spot in the home innings, but then John Errington grabbed 5-27 in 8.5 overs as the Railwaymen were shunted aside for 127 after being 67-0 at one stage.

Peterlee broke their seasonal duck with a first win. It did not look good at the interval after Langley Park had bowled their hosts out for 125, but Shaun Taylor came up trumps with a spell of 5-35. With Chris Moran picking up 3-10, Langley were routed for 94.

Silksworth gave Ushaw Moor one or two scares before going down by four wickets.

Paul Howe (45) and Darren Stoker (30) promised much in a positive second-wicket stand, but when they departed the innings lost its focus as the home team slipped to 136 all out.

Kieran Waterson (4-25) then shook up the early Moor batters, before a fightback saw the visitors recover from 30-4 to secure their win.

John Sample (62) and Michael Race (52) looked to have given Seaham Park the upper hand in their important match at Bill Quay, but, set a challenging target of 211-8, the home team came close to success before seeing out time on 206-9, the shared spoils doing neither side a real favour in their bid to claim the second promotion slot.