Eppleton got the better of neighbours Hetton Lyons in their “higher scoring” Premier Division derby draw at Church Road on Saturday.
First up, Eppleton posted 250-9 in 58 overs, led by Dean Musther’s impressive 92-ball 70, batting at six, with eight boundaries.
Half-centuries also came from Joe Coyne (62, with seven fours and a six) and Alex Simpson (50, with seven boundaries), while Craig Scurr added 22. Marcus Brown, Joe Bute and David Wilkinson also made helpful contributions.
Ben Whitehead (2-39) and Jonny Malkin (2-51) were the pick of Lyons’ bowlers, with Eddie Watson, Dom Thomson and Cameron Grimwood also striking.
Lyons lost Malkin early in their response, but Matthew Whaley (45, with six fours and a six), Thomson (30, with four fours and a six), captain Jarvis Clay (37, with six fours and a six) and Josh Coughlin (42, with five fours and two sixes) led them to 167-6.
Whitehead (16) and Adam Shaw (13 not out, off 65 balls) helped see Lyons home to the draw.
Jandre Erasmus grabbed 3-44 and Coyne 3-57 for Eppleton, with Scott taking 2-52.
Whitburn secured a fine 30-run victory against morning leaders Benwell Hill, their first win of the campaign.
Gary Burlinson led the way for the Villagers, firing seven boundaries in an 86-ball 56 as Whitburn struggled to 157 all out in 53.5 overs.
Ross Carty offered the best support, with four boundaries in 27, off 60 balls, while James Thompson added 20, with four fours, Daniel Shurben hit a four and a six in 14 and Kieran Waterson contributed a useful 12 down the order.
Anthony Hunter (3-42) and Max Williamson (3-40) were the pick of Benwell’s bowlers, while Hasseb Azam took 2-26.
In the reply, Dan Quinan (2-25) and Waterson (4-52 in 15 overs) took out the top four batsmen to leave Benwell 45-4,
Sameet Brar (25, with five fours) and Azam (24, with five fours) gave them hope with a 53-run stand, but they were eventually dismissed for 127 in 33 overs as Waterson and Thompson (4-21 in eight overs) ran the show.
Champions Chester-le-Street rolled over newly-promoted Felling by 100 runs at High Heworth Lane.
The Ropery Lane side had runs throughout the side as they made 217-5 in their 55 overs.
Opener George Harrison had eight fours in a 74-ball 47, while Andrew Smith hit four fours and a six in 45, off 65 balls.
Chris Carter added four fours and two sixes in 43, while Quentin Hughes made 31, with five fours, and John Coxon 30. Craig Stephenson grabbed 3-60.
Felling were in trouble from the start and only had three batsmen in double figures as they slumped to 117 all out.
Mark Turner had five fours in 35, Freddie Simon added three fours and two sixes in 29 and Bryan Potts made 13.
Stephen Cantrell, who took the vital wickets of Gary Scott and Phil Taylor, John Harrison, Hughes, Smith and Ollie Barrett all struck twice for Chester.
Matthew Muchall was the six-wicket hero as South Shields saw off Durham Academy 77 runs at Wood Terrace.
Shields rallied from 4-1 as Alex Combe (37, with four fours, off 105 balls) and Salman Ahmed (41, with seven fours, off 80 balls) impressed.
Chris Dorothy added 22 and Oliver Stedman 14, with two sixes, as they ended up 161 all out in 53.4 overs.
Matthew Potts plundered 3-29 and Scott Steel 3-21 for the Academy, backed by William Angus (2-13).
The youngsters never got going in their reply as Muchall (6-12 in 13.1 brilliant overs) proved almost unplayable.
Jamie Dass (26, with four fours) and Chris McBride (15) top-scored as they were skilled for 84 in 42.1 overs. Nabeel Aziz and Sam Taylor-Gell struck twice in support of Muchall.
South North moved top with a winning draw at Newcastle.
Simon Birtwisle (54, with eight fours), Callum MacLeod (45, with seven fours) and lower-order batters James Ruddick (45, with seven fours) and Jonny Wightman (24) led South North to 224 all out. Jacques du Toit grabbed 3-13.
Alasdair Appleby (34), Oliver McGee (37), Joshua Phillipe (38) and du Toit (37) all made strong contributions as Newcastle saw out the draw on 211-9 after 58 overs.
Tynemouth won by just two runs.
Ben Debnam (33), Nick Armstrong (60, with 10 fours), Matthew Brown (43, with four fours and a six) and Andrew Smith (50, with five boundaries) guided Tynemouth to 218-9. Chris Hooker took 3-38.
Stockton had runs throughout but were all out for 216, three short of victory.
Joe Hewison ended unbeaten on 62, with eight fours, while Kevin Ward hit seven boundaries in 48.
Tahir Khan (3-36) took the vital, final wicket of Jake Ewart. Smith bagged 4-69 and Sam Dinning 2-67.