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In-form Tudhoe set up exciting title run-in
TUDHOE’S outstanding form continued as they demolished Peterlee to move up to third in the table, and there could yet be a dramatic ending to the inaugural title race as the upwardly mobile side still have the other three teams involved to play in the final five games of the season.
The victory over the strugglers was no more than expected, but West Indian Shawn Findlay showed no mercy as he bagged 5-10 in ten overs to leave a paltry target of 64 for his batsmen to chase down, which they duly did in just ten overs without losing a wicket.
The win was Tudhoe’s eighth in their last nine games, and extended their unbeaten sequence to 18 matches.
Leaders Esh Winning had to work for their home win after Hylton restricted them to 141-9, but Paul Chivers ensured there was no slip-up as he routed the visitors in a nine-over burst in which he claimed seven for 28. Hylton crashed for 64 to lose by 77 runs.
Burnmoor had it easy against Easington after setting their opponents a target of 185-7. South African Brandon Scullard scythed through the visitors in eight frenetic overs, picking up six for 15, and with Paul Davidson bagging 3-10 at the other end, Easington crumbled to a paltry 41 all out.
The other side with title potential, Castle Eden, lost ground despite winning a lowscoring home encounter against difficult opponents in Boldon CA.
Castle were turfed out for just 112, labouring through almost 47 overs to get that modest total. But the long slog proved worthwhile as CA failed to recover from a disastrous start, when both openers went for ducks, and with Jude Dinushan (5-32) turning the screws, Boldon slumped to 72 all out.
Away from the leading pack it’s all about the late scramble to secure a top-14 slot and thereby a place in next year’s first division.
Steve Chapman bade farewell to Town with a fine performance. The former Durham man is on his way back to Australia now, but he signed off with an innings of 75 scored from 110 balls, and this set Crook up for a decent total of 173-9.
Gaurav Jathar (3-28) added more wickets to his burgeoning aggregate but he couldn’t get the 14 runs he needed to reach the 1,000 league milestone, and despite a promising start provided by Alan Anderson’s 87, Park imploded to 164 all out.
Crook are now just 19 points off the 14th spot, but Ushaw Moor and Durham City failed to capitalise on Hylton’s defeat and remain 15th and 16th respectively after disappointing draws.
City found new Mainsforth overseas man Adeel Malik in sensational form. He smashed ten sixes in a 56-ball innings of 113 not out and City found a target of 264-2 too stretching.
Ushaw Moor’s overseas interest, Hamad Ul Hassan, was also on the ton trail, making 105 from 88 balls, but set a target of 244-8, Silksworth wouldn’t be budged and ended on 204-3 as Darren Stoker defied the home team with an unbeaten 71.
David Baxter joined the century club with 105 not out for Philadelphia in their draw with Murton, while serial ton scorers Stephen Meek (150no) and Paul Craig (103) added another entry to their career records, although Kimblesworth (303-1) couldn’t turn their dominance into victory as Ryhope (190-6) resisted well.
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