MURTON made full use of home advantage to send Marsden crashing to their first defeat of the summer.
Graeme Robson was the batting kingpin for last season’s Coast League champions, making 71 from 120 balls to mastermind a 50-over total of 175-7 for the hosts. Davey Hanson added 32.
Marsden were then completely undone by Jon Sample and Alex Ludlow as they crumbled to 67 all out in 37.3 overs, despite Ryan Downes’s 37, with Ludlow grabbing 3-11 in 10 overs and Sample bagging 5-22 in 12.
Easington climbed to fourth place after a sensational one-man show by Kamran Mansoor in their home game against struggling Silksworth.
Mansoor came as close to cricketing perfection as you can probably get, hammering 11 fours and three sixes in a vibrant 93 which boosted Easington to a 43-over total of 195-9.
The one blot on Mansoor’s day was the seven runs he fell short of the three figure milestone, and seven became the theme of his day when he then went on to bowl seven overs, and take seven wickets for seven runs as Silksworth slumped to 55 all out.
Philadelphia managed to stay put in fifth despite being unable to force an outright result at Hylton, where the home team put on one of their best displays of the summer to gain a very honourable draw.
Despite going into the match without a win, Hylton batted purposefully to amass 237-8 in 49 overs, Andy Kibble making 76 not out and Gary Braithwaite (43) and Alan Mustard (33) providing valuable support.
Despite the size of the target, Phili looked well on course for victory as Anthony Hornby and Shaun Smith shared a vibrant opening partnership.
In a desperate bid to stem the flow of runs, Alan Mustard introduced both himself and Kibble to the attack as the sixth and seventh bowling options.
Mustard duly removed Smith for 57, then Kibble got Hornby for a brilliant 84 which included 14 fours and a six.
Suddenly, the mood of the game changed and with Kibble striking three more blows, and Gavin Barnes returning to pick up three wickets, an absorbing game concluded with Phili on 224-8 after 43 overs.
Shoaib Akhat posted a sensational 40-ball 82 not out, allied to 87 not out from Ryan Consitt, as Dawdon sealed a notable eight-wicket victory over Kimblesworth.
Anthony Watson (4-53) and Liam Cowell (4-36) led Dawdon’s bowling when Kimblesworth made 222.
Durham City’s Nick Maiolo continued to blossom with the sun on his back as his undefeated 117 set up a 130-run victory over Shildon Railway. City made 231-7, before Shildon were skittled for 101 as Thomas O’Neill’s 5-33 and three wickets from Senanayake shone.
Horden secured a five-wicket victory at Seaham Park, who were restricted to 167-9 despite 72 from Indian Gaurav Jathar. In response, John Minnis’s unbeaten 50, supported by Stephen McCoy (44no) and Adrian Hedley (41) eased Horden home on 171-5. Michael Evans (3-40) was best with the ball for Park.
Boldon CA restricted Crook Town to 139, but were then bowled out for just 91, despite 34 from Jason Jones.