NE Premier League: Classy Kieran’s seven-up inspires priceless Whitburn success

Gary Burlinson hits out for Eppleton against Tynemouth on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
Gary Burlinson hits out for Eppleton against Tynemouth on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
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On a day when rain, for the most part, dominated proceedings, the sun was shining on Whitburn.

They managed to avoid the worst of the weather and secure a crucial Premier Division victory down on Teesside.

It was a case of the further south you went, the wetter it was, so the fixture list proved exceptionally kind to Whitburn in sending them south to Stockton on Saturday.

And they did not waste the golden opportunity to earn themselves some breathing space near the foot of the table.

Stockton made a steady enough start as youngster Tom Hewison hit eight boundaries in compiling 44, but once he was trapped lbw by Kieran Waterson it heralded a procession.

Only one of the last seven home batsmen able to make double figures as the Teessiders slumped to 122 all out in 35 overs. Waterson ended with an impressive 7-51 from 15.4 overs.

Any Whitburn nerves at the loss of three wickets in the run chase were quickly soothed by Joe Coyne, whose unbeaten 62 included 54 in boundaries as a seven-wicket victory was secured in just 29 overs.

With the game between the two teams below them in the table becoming one of the other five matches to end as a draw, the Villagers moved 45 points clear of the relegation slot.

The abandoned game at Gateshead Fell saw a maiden Durham Academy century for Scott Steel.

His unbeaten 101, with 16 boundaries, added to opener Ross Greenwell’s 77, with nine fours, helping the Durham youngsters post an impressive 259-5, Liam Trevaskis (36no) sharing in an unbroken stand of 112 with Steel, before declaring after 57 overs.

David Daley and Sam Roseby both struck twice for Fell, who only faced six overs (24-0) before the rains came, and they remain rooted to the foot of the table, some 21 points adrift of safety.

Newcastle managed to cling on to their leadership of the league despite picking up just five points from only 32 overs of play at South Shields.

Gordon Muchall (3-41) and Matthew Muchall (2-38) took the only wickets to fall as Newcastle reached 108-5 in 32 overs.

Tynemouth managed to claw back a little of the deficit when they picked up a few bonus points from their game at Eppleton to move to within one of Newcastle.

The Church Road hosts were bowled out for 181 in 51.4 overs, Martin Pollard (5-20) doing some late damage after Eppleton looked to be well placed for a higher total after reaching 104-2.

But for Paul Davidson’s 48-ball 44 from the number seven slot, with five fours and three sixes, the retreat could have been even more marked. Kyle Davis hut 37 and Gary Burlinson 23.

The players left the field for the last time just before 6pm with Tynemouth on 133-4 after 38 overs of batting, but it is difficult to judge just who was on top as both Stu Poynter and Tahir Khan had been dismissed by Liam Dixon and Dean Musther.

The big game at Ropery Lane was blighted by two lengthy stoppages before fading light finally ended proceedings with Chester-le-Street having 10 overs and five wickets left in which to get the additional 47 runs they needed to beat South North.

A Marcus North half-century, with six fours and two sixes, prompted a Bulls declaration on 181-5, Gurman Randhawa grabbing 3-48.

George Harrison (57) and Richard Waite (46) shared a third-wicket stand of 105 which promised much for Chester until three wickets fell for just seven runs as the lights finally went out.

Hetton Lyons’ trip to Benwell Hill managed 42.1 overs of play, during which time the Lyons were bowled out for 140.

But things could have been a lot worse as they slumped to 34-5 at one stage before spirited knocks from Cameron Grimwood (45 from 79 balls, with seven boundaries) and Robert Talbot (33 from 30 balls, with five fours and a six) ensured some respectability.

Sameet Brar caused problems, taking 5-45, but Benwell Hill did not start their reply.