SUNDERLAND became the latest team to be ‘Pringled’ as Hetton Lyons’ star performer turned in another stupendous display to shatter the Wearsiders’ hopes of making further progress in the Dukes ECB NEPL Premier Division.
Lyons delivered a 120-run mauling, and in the process leapfrogged their beaten opponents into third place.
Earlier in the week it had been thought Pringle would be unavailable because of Durham commitments, but unluckily for Sunderland that wasn’t the case and he certainly made his presence felt.
Following his maiden century a few weeks ago, when he also took nine wickets in the same match, the sensational all-rounder faced just 141 balls for his latest major innings, hitting 15 fours among 19 boundaries in a magnificent 156 not out as Hetton posted 276-7.
He then took three Sunderland wickets to share the bowling honours with Lal Kumar as the Ashbrooke side was bowled out for 156.
Pringle’s three wickets cost 43 runs, three less than Kumar who also finished with another three victims to continue his impressive form.
Mitch Claydon did his best to rally his Sunderland team-mates by hitting 63 after grabbing three wickets, but only Dan Shurben (40) was able to respond.
Second-placed Chester-le-Street enjoyed a happy Ropery Lane homecoming with victory over Newcastle. With leaders Stockton being held up by the Academy the Cestrians were able to reduce the gap by ten points to 23.
Usman Arshad made a century in an overall total of 249-9, sharing a stand of 97 with Andrew Smith (67). Arshad faced 160 balls for his 102 and hit nine boundaries before becoming one of Jack du Toit’s five victims. Newcastle were beaten by 67 runs with Arshad and Smith also claiming two wickets.
Durham Academy frustrated the league leaders after recovering from the loss of their first four wickets for just five runs. Stockton posted 229-8 but youngsters Adam Hickey (51) and Andrew Ireland (36) shared a stand of 85 to revive their team who clung on to a draw at 119-9.
Elsewhere South Shields and Gateshead Fell, the bottom two clubs, both lost while champions South North were held to a draw.
Shields are two points adrift at the foot of the table after taking just a single point from their game with Benwell Hill. Zohaib Khan, with six wickets in 13 overs, had them skittled out for 105 and then Nick Jones, with an undefeated 55 from 58 balls, took Benwell to an eight wicket success.
The much-anticipated debut of Kiwi Tom Latham had to be put on hold for a week after the New Zealander had to travel down to Chelmsford to play for Scotland in the YB40.
Gateshead scored even less than South Shields as David Hymers (8-42) produced a superb performance for Tynemouth. His 12.4 overs included four maidens and left the Fell down and out for just 92. Tynemouth posted 152-7 to win by 60 runs.
South North’s bowlers couldn’t break down Blaydon (136-4) who were intent on not losing after being set 215 to win. Sam Jobson (84) and Adam Cragg (82) shared a stand of 101 for the Gosforth club but Mark Drake (52) made sure a draw was all the champions could get.