A hectic weekend of action in the 3D Sports Durham Coast League saw Seaham Park become the biggest movers, with two wins lifting them to third, just 13 points behind leaders Hylton.
As in 2010, Park started this season slowly, and going into the double header they had only won two of their nine matches. But they doubled that tally within 24 hours as first Silksworth were sent packing by 102 runs, and then Peterlee were swamped by 92 runs.
Saturday’s match against Silksworth saw the Park declaring with 176-6, Stuart Pattison with 73 runs. Alex Ludlow (3-28) and Ali Watson (4-29) then combined to get the hosts all out for 73.
The Park were just as convincing yesterday as they rattled up 178-1 before declaring. Andrew Docherty (64) and Davey Hanson with an unbeaten 72, the pair shared apartnership of 132 that set Seaham up for the day.
Peterlee then put up stubborn resistance until the unusual bowling pairing of skipper Mike McNicholas (4-30 in 12 overs) and Hanson (3-12 in 10 overs) did the trick, with the visitors slumping to 86 all out.
Hylton maintained their place at the top of the table with a 122-run win over Murton being followed by a five wicket success at Dawdon.
In the first game, Hylton smashed their way to a score of 235-3 in 32 overs. Gary Braithwaite (43), Chris Allan (43) and then John Stokoe cracked a half century. Lee Rushworth (62no) took the leaders well past the 200 mark.
Murton’s Dave McNamee hit 57, but four wickets for Adam Bewick, and three for Alan Davison, effectively ended the game as a contest as Murton subsided to 113 all out inside 26 overs.
Seaham Harbour’s Jack Lacey was the star of their double success, picking up 5-21 on Saturday as Ryhope were bowled out for 53 in a 92-run defeat and then following up with 6-14 as Murton went out for 53 yesterday. Harbour coasted to a seven wicket success.
Bill Quay kept in touch after a draw with Boldon CA on Saturday was followed by a seven wicket win over Washington.
Yesterday’s game saw Joe Dodd (3-22) and Dave Brown (3-34) combine to dismiss Washington for 130. Jeff Tudor had an unbeaten half century.
In other highlights from yesterday, Easington were defeated by Boldon CA but did manage a draw with Dawdon.
John Sample’s unbeaten 85 was the only bright spot in Easington’s innings of 152. Their task had been made difficult by Tommy Nixon and Dave Tate sharing eight wickets, and then Tate made 58 that set Boldon on the way to success.
Thunderstorms brought an abrupt end to the match at Ryhope where the home team had piled on 226-6. Mickey Thorpe made 80 of those runs. Silksworth stood on 42-1 at the start of their run chase.
Sacriston were deposed as leaders of the NTSL on Saturday, but they will be more than satisfied at the outcome of their match at Morpeth.
Youngster Reece Carr was the hero for Sacriston, making 49 out of 158-9, his team winning by just 14 runs as Morpeth were held in check on 144-5.