WALDRIDGE Park sealed their place in the JD Taxis Guards Cup final by handing Ouston Cherry Tree a second semi-final defeat in successive weeks.
Jon Morrison netted for Division One outfit Tree, but a well-taken hat-trick from Chris Days guided Second Division Park into a final date with First Division front-runners Chilton WMC.
Graeme Brenkley revelled in a five-goal super show as he steered West Rainton up to fourth place in Division Two.
Brenkley was clinical in front of goal in inspiring a 10-2 drubbing of Bishop Middleham, with Chris Brown adding a brace.
Andrew Ward, Chris Peacock and Jamie Bowes also struck, while Jonathan Hornsby and star man David Redfern netted Bishop’s consolations. Martin Clough was Rainton’s man of the match.
Whitehills sit third after a 3-0 home defeat of Sedgefield Social Club, whose star man was David Cowell.
High Handenhold Bird Inn can finally celebrate, after breaking their duck at the 13th attempt in Division One.
The bottom club ended their long wait for victory by sinking Ushaw Moor Cricket Club 2-0, courtesy of strikes from man of the match Jonathan Swift and Dan Watkins. Scott Davison stood out for Ushaw Moor.
At the other end of the table, Chilton WMC clambered above Chester Britannia into top spot, still with to games in hand, thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 success at Pelaw Grange Dogs.
Dayle Taylor and the reliable Nicky Pickford) grabbed the crucial goals, while Brian Allen replied. Byron Brown shone for Chilton, with Connor Grieveson best for the hosts.
Witton Gilbert Travellers Rest boosted their bid to avoid the Fourth Division wooden spoon by winning the battle of the bottom two away to Durham Federation.
Ben Pearson notched for Federation, but they remain on just one point – now seven adrift – for the season after star man Scott Bradley’s double give Travellers Rest the edge. Simon Booth stood out for Federation.
The top two both won, jointly moving nine points clear.
Chester Garden Farm, with a vastly superior goal difference, romped to an 11-0 win over Bowburn, helped by an astonishing eight-goal haul by ruthless Ryan Johnson. Bailey Hunter, Daniel Johnson and Tom Wray added to Bowburn’s misery, with David Robinson the visitors’ star man.
Second-top Durham County saw off lowly Newton Hall Jovial Monk 3-0, with Chris Brown, Melvin Bell and Stanley Ogunsuyi on target. Alex Hird and Chris King were the respective star men.
Washington Jays outgunned Chester-le-Street AFC 4-1 to move up to seventh. Matthew Liddle scored for Chester, whose star man was keeper Paul Burns.
Framwellgate Moor WMC rose to sixth place in Division Three after one of their best performances of the season.
James Smith pounced for a well-taken hat-trick in a 7-1 demolition of Hetton New Inn, who remain fourth bottom.
Adam Roxby, Jack Rutter, Jonathan Dargue and Lewis Coburn also struck for Fram, with Rutter later sent off.
Leaders Washington Cricket Club moved 15 points clear, but were held to a goalless draw by battling visitors Pittington, who joined Bede Lodge SC in joint second place.
Keeper Craig Ingram was outstanding in preserving the point for the cricketers, with Simon Laws the stand-out performer for Pittington.
Sacriston Cricket Club climbed two places to sixth in the Premier Division, following an 8-0 hammering of bottom club Coxhoe WMC.
Shaun Gregory’s hat-trick led the way, supported by doubles from Greg Coates and Anthony Ward, while Daniel O’Brien also got in on the act. Jamie Appleby stood out in defence for Coxhoe.