Sunderland’s batsmen had a good day at Boldon, but the bowlers could not force a fourth win of the First Division season on Saturday.
The Ashbrooke men won the toss and opted to bat, a decision which proved the right one.
Opener Dan Shurben enjoyed a brilliant century (108 off 118 balls, with 14 fours and three sixes), putting on 142 for the second wicket with Ramanpreet Singh, who fired eight fours and two sixes in an 89-ball 74.
Andrew Turns added five fours in 23, with Jaspreet Singh making 29 not out and Quinton Boatswain 31 not out, boosted by four sixes, off 12 balls.
Sunderland declared well on top, with 310-7 after 50 overs.
Durham’s Barry McCarthy took 2-37 for Boldon, while Anthony Brown had 2-42 and Chris Ellison 2-53.
Boldon faced a daunting challenge and, after losing a quick wicket, were indebted to Ian Pattison for a determined effort, hitting 14 fours in a 147-ball 93. He added 88 for the second wicket with Nathan Hewitt (23).
Only Gareth Welsh (15no) offered much help, but Boldon were safe and closed on 172-7 after 55 overs to fend off Sunderland.
Jaspreet Singh bagged 3-41 for the visitors, backed by Mark Turner (2-27), with Boatswain and Joe Stuart also striking.
Washington had the better of their draw at Gateshead Fell, securing 17 points to their hosts’ seven to climb to sixth place.
The Harraton side chose to bat and piled up an impressive 229-5 declared in 52 overs.
Runs came throughout the side, with Daniel Woolston’s unbeaten 57, with eight fours, helping add 71 in an unbroken sixth-wicket pairing with Darren Geeringh (32no, with three fours).
Joe Thompson had four boundaries in a 63-ball 47, while Stephen Cuthbertson added 33 (with six fours), Michael Nunn 23 and Adam Hickey 25.
Sam Roseby grabbed 2-40, with Andrew Porter taking 2-56.
Fell slipped to 19-2 in their reply, but Stephen Devenport’s 61 off 89 balls, with 13 boundaries, helped ease their problems, adding 31 with Richard Smith (12) and 53 with Roseby (53no, with eight fours). Thomas Pinkney hit 21 not out, with four fours, and Thomas Lugsden 20 as Fell closed comfortably on 180-7 after 53 overs.
Mark Watson (2-41) and Hickey (2-39) led the Washington bowlers, with Graeme Race and Mark Bell also striking.
Burnmoor moved into third place following their impressive six-wicket win at fifth-placed Willington.
The home side were all out for 200, despite a tremendous century from Gerasimos Fatouros (127), while Samiullah Khan took 4-48 and Mark Symington returned 4-58.
Symington then made 70 not out, capping his man-of-the-match performance, while Ross Hodgson weighed in with 39.
Burnmoor are 44 points off top spot
South Shields slipped back to the foot of the table after going down by 113 runs to Blaydon, who picked up their first victory in style at Wood Terrace.
Blaydon defied their form to post 233-8 in 55 overs, hitting 45 in the final five.
Ross Nicholson was the star of the show, hitting seven fours in a 138-ball 83 not out. He put on 72 for the third wicket with Geoff Stewart (36, with six fours) and 65 for the ninth with Gary Stewart (32no, with six boundaries).
Sam Embleton (2-48), Oliver Appleby (2-25) and Rupesh Borade (2-35) were Shields’ top bowlers, though Shea Clements and Adam May also struck.
The hosts made 37 for the first wicket, courtesy of Mark Appleton (16) and Chris Rainbow (21), but they fell away, despite Borade’s 19 and Michael Dunn’s 18, to 120 all out in 48.4 overs.
John O’Neill plundered 6-29 in 15 excellent overs to inspire Blaydon, backed by Gary Stewart (2-36).
Front-runners Burnopfield ran out 58-run winners in the match of the day against second-top Brandon.
The home side were put into bat and overcame some sticky moments to make 201-9 in 55 overs.
Cole Pearce led the way with 58, adding 80 for the second wicket with Lee Whitfield (39). Callum Thorp added a precious 32 down the order, with Neil Killeen making 15.
Jordan Grosert (2-16), Gordon Muchall (2-36) and Oscar Dewhurst (2-17) were the pick of Brandon’s bowlers, with Stephen Humble and Mansoor Amjad also striking.
Brandon lost their first wicket without scoring, but Muchall (28) helped put on 40 for the second.
Mansoor fired an unbeaten 60 to help Brandon’s cause, adding 52 for the seventh wicket with Humble (28), but six ducks did not do much for the visitors and they were dismissed for 143 in 45.1 overs.
Gareth Breese tormented the batsmen with 5-40 in 13.1 overs, while Thorp took 4-22 in 11.
Castle Eden had the weekend off.