Philadelphia fliers keep on right track

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PHILADELPHIA showed no mercy to Shildon Railway to climb into fourth place in the Readers Durham Cricket League, at the expense of Easington.

Easington, fourth at the start of the day, failed to dispose of winless Seaham Park, allowing the Bunker Hill side – thanks to a 123-run pounding of Shildon – to leapfrog them, although the gap to third-top Castle Eden is now 48 points.

Phili had several players vying to be the fastest run scorers as they piled on 249-6 in just 36 overs against the Railwaymen.

Anthony Hornby led the sprint with 15 fours and three sixes in his 90, but David Baxter hit the quickest half-century – in just 38 balls – and a shell-shocked Shildon were unable to pick up the pieces as Lee Innes (3-15) led a successful six-man attack, who derailed the visitors for 126.

Easington found hosts Seaham Park in obstinate mood.

Much attention was on Kamran Mansoor upon his return to his former club, but he was trapped lbw by a delighted former skipper Mike McNicholas (3-55).

Despite 56 from Ryan Higgins and 43 from David Tarn, the visitors used up 49 overs in reaching 189-6. Park then dug in to see out 46 overs, finishing on 163-6.

Life does not get any easier for Silksworth.

Already propping up the rest, they have now the unwanted league lowest score record after being routed for 30 by Boldon CA.

Anthony Brown (5-21) and David Batty (4-3) were their tormentors on a day to forget for the home team.

Nick Maiolo is proving to be a real gem for Durham City. He has been mainly responsible for stemming an early-season run of defeats, and another defiant act on Saturday left visitors Kimblesworth frustrated.

The powerful former County and Senior League champions raced to 261-7 in 44 overs, Paul Craig once again their inspiration with 15 fours and a six in a 90-ball 93.

But thoughts of defeat could not have been further from Maiolo’s mind as he faced 127 balls to reach 64 not out when stumps were drawn after 50 overs, battling City clinging to a draw on 141-9.

Run-scorers were in charge at Dawdon, with two centurions emerging.

Tudhoe’s Simon Davies is no stranger to large individual efforts, and he added another chapter to his personal exploits with 11 fours and eight sixes in an unbeaten 157.

But, faced with a daunting total of 256-5, Dawdon (193-4) had little trouble holding out as Stephen Gale batted through, reaching his ton just before the end to finish with 101 not out.

Another man with three figures to his name was Horden’s John Minnis, and it was a maiden ton that inspired his side to an impressive 133-run win over a lacklustre Murton which was completed by a brilliant spell of bowling by Adam Dixon, who took 6-21 in 11 overs.

Peterlee crashed to an eight-wicket defeat at the hands of Evenwood after being bowled out for just 89, while Hylton took a one-man beating from Steve Chapman (68 and 6-10) as Crook won by 87 runs.

Bill Quay and Marsden both earned solid victories, although Quay only had eight runs to spare when they unlocked the Langley Park gates.