RYHOPE put down a marker to the rest of Division Two as they romped to a 130-run derby victory over Silksworth to climb into second place.
John Minnis hit eight fours and two sixes on his way to a top-scoring 53 out of Ryhope’s 44-over score of 217-9, backed by 37 from Adrian Hedley and Chris Lawrence’s 31.
Daniel Clasper (21no) and Paul Jenkins (25) also made an impact, while Jonny Hayes (3-49), Michael Waterson (2-44) and Robbie Jones (2-23) did best with the ball for the visitors.
James Summerside then ripped out six Silksworth batters at a cost of only 28 runs in a blistering demonstration of bowling, the visitors crumbling to 79 all out, with opener Jones (21) top-scoring.
Alex Catcherside bagged 3-21.
Durham City claimed the bragging rights when they toppled the leaders at the start of the day, Langley Park, by eight wickets.
Aussie Nick Maiolo was the undoubted star of the show, picking up 5-23 as Langley Park were closed down for just 110, and then top scoring in the relatively brief run chase with an unbeaten 43.
Victory was achieved in 23 overs, with opener Jake McCann adding 42
The only other winners were Ushaw Moor, who recorded their first victory of the campaign by 119 runs over Murton, with Billy Teesdale (31 and 5-31) the inspiration. Moor made 194-8 despite four wickets from Qayyoum and two from Aamer Mahfooz. Welburn’s 33 led the way when Murton responded with 75 all out.
Greg Upton’s half century gave Shildon (195-9) the upper hand against Seaham Park (137-7), only for John Sample (74 not out) to deny them by batting through more than 44 overs for the draw.
Michael McNicholas (3-48), Sample (2-36) and Davy Hanson (2-22) were the pick of Park’s bowlers.
Whiteleas made 142-7 in reply to Bill Quay’s 199-9 as their derby fizzled out into a tame draw.