Six of the best for Robinson as Philadelphia hand out a caning

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AFTER two opening draws in their new surroundings in the Readers Durham Cricket League, Philadelphia finally picked up a win, and they did it in comprehensive fashion by running through hosts Evenwood for just 58.

Stephen Robinson was destroyer-in-chief, taking six wickets for just 16 runs in 12 overs, and with Gary Innes picking up 3-26 at the other end the home team were routed in 28.2 overs.

Phili then decided there was no point hanging about and threw everything at the ball to reach their victory target in just 8.2 overs, although the eagerness to finish the job quickly saw them lose four wickets in the process. Lee Innes joined brother Gary on the match roll of honour as he cracked six boundaries in his unbeaten 37.

Murton brought an end to Whiteleas honeymoon period when they inflicted the first defeat on the former NE Durham League outfit, and in so doing leap-frogged them in the table.

The win came by four wickets in a low scoring match dominated by the bowlers, the trusted Murton strike force of John Sample (4-28) and Keith Chapman (3-20) playing a familiar tune as only Owen Peterson (31) resisted.

Set 105 to win, Murton were in the wars themselves when their sixth wicket went down with just 69 on the board, but former Silksworth skipper Paul Smailes batted beautifully to strike seven fours and two sixes in an undefeatd 49 which saw the home team through to their win in 31.3 overs.