HETTON Lyons moved into fourth place of the Dukes North East Premier League on Saturday, and when the season is concluded this weekend they’ll be happy with the excellent form they have enjoyed in only their second year back in the competition.
Their eighth win saw the former Durham Senior League champions overcome the weather as well as Stockton to move above Benwell Hill in the table.
A superb century from Gary Scott was the highlight of the Lyons’ success as they posted 290-4 from 54.1 overs with Kamran Shah (49), Shaun Birbeck (48) and Ryan Pringle (44) all showing a liking for the visitors’ attack.
Then Pringle showed his all-round brilliance by rolling over the visitors with six wickets in an 11-over spell which saw them manage just 103 runs in reply. Matthew Brown hit 56 to try to lead a fight back for Stockton, but with Shah (2-22) giving Pringle excellent support, their innings lasted for just 22.3 overs.
Sunderland were among the sides frustrated by the weather as their game against bottom club Gateshead Fell got no further than the half way point.
The Ashbrooke side made 256-7 with Danny Shurben (80), Ashley Thorpe (58 not out) and Michael Turns (38) the main contributors.
Arslan Rahim (4-21) had an oustanding six over bowling spell for Gateshead despite Sunderland’s domination. But the match ended without the Fell being given the opportunity to demonstrate whether they had got over their bank holiday traumas with the bat.
Despite the weather, Chester-le-Street regained their lead at the top of the table and will hope to retain the championship in their final game against Durham Academy next weekend.
Before Saturday’s home clash with struggling South Shields, they shared the lead with South North, who were held back by the weather when they met the Academy youngsters.
The Bulls hit a massive 276-5 as they made the most of their 54 overs with Jimmy Miller (74 not out), Stephen Humble (63 not out) and Chris Hewison (50) leading the rare demolition of the Academy’s seven-man attack. But their advantage was swept away by the weather as they could only get in 17 overs when the youngsters batted, and it was not enough to get more than 11 points from the match.
Chester-le-Street managed five extra points from their game in which they made 243-9 against South Shields, who then plunged perilously close to defeat on 47-8 in their 25 over innings.
An opening stand of 103 between Quentin Hughes (56) and Simon Birtwisle (44) set the Cestrians on the way to their impressive total, to which John Coxon added an unbeaten half century. Shields were all at sea in their reply as Richard Waite (4-25) and Andrew Smith (3-10) sliced through.
Elsewhere, Zohaib Khan (94) and Mark Dale (80 not out) shared a third wicket stand of 159 for Benwell Hill against Tynemouth before the game was abandoned, while Graeme Bridge top scored with 69 for Blaydon, who recovered from 75-6 to make 211-9 against Newcastle before the game suffered a similar fate.