Durham Sunday League: Shoes shine to bowl over high-flying cricketers

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BOTTOM club Belmont The Shoes stunned leaders Washington Cricket Club with a sensational 3-2 away win in Division Three.

Michael Gibbons, Thomas Clark and sub Joseph Hirst pounced for Belmont, whose win saw them climb two place to third-bottom spot.

David Laidler hit both consolations for Washington.

Two-goal Kevin Todd and Jonathan Hodgson did the damage as Esh Winning Cricket Club pipped Bede Lodge SC 3-2, coming back from a two-goal deficit.

Daniel Mann fired both for Bede.

Kelloe Davy Lamp were in control for much of their clash with Framwellgate Moor WMC, but were given a scare as the visitors rallied to trail just 4-3 late on.

Lee Hutchinson, Liam Lawson, Steven Ferguson and Carl “Bags” Sanderson sparked Lamp, with Adam Kitching (2) and James Smith replying.

Liam Mitchell netted for Pelton Crown in their close-fought 1-1 draw at Pittington, for whom Josh Hugill struck.

Hetton New Inn levelled twice, the second in the 85th minute, as they drew 2-2 at Ferryhill Community Hub, whose marksmen were Dan Gilyeat and Nathan Wall.

Ouston Cherry Tree put their recent cup disappointments behind them with a third consecutive First Division win, 5-2 away to Houghton Chilton Lodge.

Ryan Drummond, Mark Bailes, Dan James, star man Andrew Clarkson and a spectacular Mark Ramsay strike did the damage.

Goalkeeper Bradley Wilkinson had to start as a striker due to injuries but had a day to remember as he hit a hat-trick as Chilton WMC walloped Washington Cross Keys 7-0.

He also created two more goals and landed the man-of-the-match award. Vinny Gash (2), Leam Dent and David Harrison also scored. Alan Wilson stood out for Keys.

Sacriston WMC saw off visitors Ushaw Moor CC 3-1.

David Winter and Sam Renwick gave the hosts a 2-0 interval lead, but Andrew Smith pulled one back direct from a corner before Chris Mordue’s close-range finish sealed Sacriston’s win.

Chester Britannia came good in the second half to sink Pelaw Grange Dogs 4-2.

Ash Balfour sidefooted Brit in front, after Sean Hall made a good save to deny Dan Irving, but Brian Allen released Michael Mclean to fire Pelaw level. Joe Hughes regained the lead, firing in off the post, but Pelaw again equalised, John Robinson heading home a David Jeffers corner.

Paul Botcherby and debutant Jonny Shurben, direct from a corner, clinched Britannia’s success.

Durham Federation secured their second point of the season in Division Four – and almost won on their visit to Bowburn. Billy Hyde’s well-taken goal had Bowburn ahead, but Fed equalised.

Andrew Dunn restored the lead from the penalty spot, but the visitors hit back again to go 3-2 in front, only for Ray Pirt to finish off Lee Jennings’ pass for an 87th-minute equaliser in a 3-3 draw. Jamie Gregg, Stuart Ross and sub Ben Pearson struck for Fed.

Fencehouses put up a good show, but went down 4-2 at Chester Garden Farm.

David Finch’s brace had the visitors all square at half-time, but Garden Farm took their chances on the restart and won, courtesy of Ryan Johnson’s brace, Bailey Hunter and Dan Johnson.

Durham County cruised to a 9-0 victory at Newton Hall Jovial Monk.

Substitute Robson Brown’s treble was supported by Joe Kerry (2), Connor Turnbull (2), Stanley Ogunsuyi and Melvin Bell.

Quarrington Hill WMC were 4-1 up at Chester-le-Street AFC was abandoned when a home player shaped to throw a punch at the referee after being red-carded.

In Division Two, West Rainton edged a hard-fought 1-0 win at New Brancepeth WMC, who squandered three clear-cut chances before being sunk by an 86th-minute Martin Clough strike.

Whitehills eased to a 7-0 rout at Langley Park Rams Head, who again struggled for a side. Chris Burr (2), Brad Graham (2), Jamie Taylor, John Hall and Lee Adams all scored, with Stephen Fisher providing three assists.

Andrew Blackburn’s four-goal salvo helped Bishop Middleham outgun bottom club Burnmoor JFC 9-0.

Anton Fisher (2), Will Cheung and Jonathan Hornsby (2) also notched.

Ferryhill Celtic romped to an 8-1 win over Waldridge Park to storm into the Stepy’s Coaches President’s Trophy final.

Jason White, Marco Linhart, Shane Todd, Liam Pearson and Ben Clarey supported Luke Thompson’s clinical hat-trick.

Hetton Lyons Cricket Club had a goal disallowed as they lost 3-2 at Norton George & Dragon in the Durham Sunday Cup quarter-finals.