NE Premier League: Purdy perfection steers Burnmoor to blistering success

Philadelphia opener Shaun Hauxwell bats against Bill Quay in the Durham Cricket League on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
Philadelphia opener Shaun Hauxwell bats against Bill Quay in the Durham Cricket League on Saturday. Picture by Kevin Brady
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Days of yore – that’s what it seemed like on Saturday when Burnmoor turned in one of those performances that used to be their weekly hallmark.

Brandon were sent packing by 123 runs, a rampant Moor shrugging off some weather complications to move into third place in the fledgling table.

Nearly an hour and a half of playing time was lost during the afternoon in two separate breaks, so the Burnmoor batters did well to retain their focus throughout a stop start 45-over innings in which they amassed 172-7 before declaring.

The first six all made it to double figures, Steven Meek’s 54-ball 44 at the top of the order the pick, and then it was over to the bowlers who didn’t hang around to see if it was going to rain again.

Karl Bellerby delivered two early blows, then young Western Australian Liam Purdy decided to dismember the middle order in a seven-over blast that returned 5-11.

The reeling hosts slumped dramatically from 32-2 to 35-8, and they were subsequently put out of their misery a few overs later, skittled for 49.

The win took the Moor to 37 points, eight behind surprise leaders Mainsforth.

There is little doubting the fact that the current damp conditions are playing to the newcomers’ strengths, and Mainsforth had little hesitation in asking hosts Seaham Harbour to take first dig on Saturday when the coin came down in their favour.

Pound for pound, Jonny Barnes has arguably been the best North East homegrown pros over the last 20 years, and even now, in his mid-forties, he continues to plague the life out of batsmen.

His 14-over spell at the Harbour included eight maidens, and his final figures of 2-7 put the home team completely on the back foot, a situation the other bowlers exploited to the full as Seaham limped to 104 in 43.3 overs.

Stewart Pattison (25) and Jack Lacey (20) were the only Harbour batsmen to make any kind of impact. Garry Cummings bagged 3-46 and Richard Hawthorne 2-18.

Although Mainsforth lost five wickets securing win number two, the fact they reached 94 before the second wicket fell conveys the ease of the run chase. Muhammad Lagharui made 46 and opener Robert Chismon 41 not out.

After last week’s disappointing defeat at Willington, Boldon gave a much better account of themselves, dominating their drawn home game against Felling from the off.

Skipper Chris Ellison set the standard with an opening half-century at a run-a-ball, and contributions from Umar Waheed (40) and Durham batsman Callum MacLeod (59) kept the pot boiling as the hosts amassed 241-6 in 52 overs.

Felling’s response was to give chase, and when Stuart Walker (34) and Gary Scott (63 from 67 balls) put on an opening stand of 74, it was game on.

But three wickets each for Ian Male and Waheed swung the game decisively towards Boldon, forcing Paul Leonard and Peter Vinton to pull up the drawbridge by absorbing 52 balls in scoring eight runs. Felling finished on 160-8.

With the games at Sunderland and Tudhoe completely wiped out by the weather, the only other match in the division saw Blaydon (64-6) and Washington (150-6) draw in a game where only 49 overs of play were possible.

Daniel Anderson (54) and Ashley Thorpe (38) top-scored for Washington, while Josh Wilson took 3-20.