Chester-le-Street got back to winning ways with a comfortable home win against Hetton Lyons on Saturday.
The Lilywhite Terrace side suffered a nightmare start at Ropery Lane, slipping to 15-3, but they recovered to declare on 172-9.
Mahesh Rawat top-scored with 87, from 122 balls, for the visitors, including eight fours, backed by Jarvis Clay, with seven boundaries in 34, and Cameron Grimwood, who made 20 from 65 balls.
Opening bowler Andrew Bell took 3-50 from his 18 overs, backed by two wickets apiece from Liam Simpson and Quentin Hughes.
Chester then knocked the runs off in 40.5 overs, losing only three wickets, all to Jonathan Malkin (3-44).
Openers George Harrison (56, with six fours and a six) and James Thompson (42, with six boundaries) put on 81 for the first wicket. Richard Waite (50no) steered them home.
Durham Academy kept up their recent good form with a 38 run success against Eppleton, which did not help the home side’s relegation fears.
Batting first, the youngsters made 211-7 declared, with Liam Trevaskis scoring 56, with six fours and two sixes), Scott Steel adding 53 not out, helped by two fours and three sixes. Ross Greenwell (32) and Alisdair Appleby (19) also made their mark, while Paul Davidson and David Wilkinson grabbed two wickets apiece.
Eppleton had starts from five batsmen in their reply – Craig Scurr hitting seven fours and a six in 39, backed by Marcus Brown (38, with three sixes), Kyle Davis (27), Davidson (22, with two sixes) and Abhijal Mansingh (20) - but Asher Hart, with a devastating spell of 4-28, ensured an impressive win.
Josh Coughlin and George Harding picked up two wickets each.
Whitburn, skittled for 53 last week, showed admirable resistance in securing a hard-fought draw against defending champions South North.
South North, now down to second, were frustrated by the Villagers.
Lee Henderson hit a quite remarkable century (104no) in a total of 190-8 with 15 fours and a six, off 168 balls faced, backed by Joe Coyne (24, with five fours and a six) and No 10 batsman Kieran Waterson (27, with three fours and a six).
Jonathan Wightman returned 3-45 for South North, with David Rutherford and Matthew Witty each striking twice.
The home side then had them deep in trouble at 32-4 as Waterson started impressively with the ball, but then a 73-run partnership between Marcus North (65) and James Miller (32) steered them to a comfortable draw in the end, finishing on 161-7.
Waterson finished with 4-46.
Newcastle leap-frogged South North to go back to the top with a comfortable six-wicket win at Stockton, with Durham England star Ben Stokes making a major contribution.
Ryan Buckley hit 70, in 77 balls, as Stockton set a testing total of 206 for the title challengers.
In reply, the visitors set about their target and reached it in the 37th over, with Stokes hitting 10 fours in his 63 and then a late 86-run partnership between skipper Jacques De Toit (49 not out) and James Carding (40no) ensured the win.
Benwell Hill scored 213-9 declared against fellow strugglers Gateshead Fell, with skipper Kyle Coetzer scoring a century (107) which included 15 fours.
Fell then dug in after being 22-4 at one stage, with Richard Smith (30) and Sam Roseby (45) sharing a partnership of 70 to take the draw. Anthony Hunter grabbed 4-33.
South Shields made 40-1 before their clash at Tynemouth was abandoned.