THE North-East was affected by the wet weather on Saturday, with all leagues suffering.

Chester-le-Street, second in the Dukes ECB North East Premier League, went to champions South North and won the toss, so they asked the home side to bat first.

The Cestrians were soon on top, reducing the Bulls to 20-4, with Alex McGrath claiming 4-22.

A 50 run partnership between John Graham (31) and Sean Tindale steadied the ship and then Tindale cracked 83 off 141 balls and Jonathan Wightman scored 30 not out batting at number ten in a partnership of 78 for a final total of 162-9.

Chester-le-Street were 52-1, when the rains came, but are now level at the top with South North, after edging the points by four.

The Durham Academy asked Benwell Hill to bat first and the home side made 169-9, mainly thanks to skipper Kyle Coetzer scoring 63 off 53 balls, which included eight fours and four sixes.

Max Williamson bowled well taking 4-49 and Adam Ahmed chipped in with 3-10.

The Academy in reply, were 109-7 after a promising start had them 46-0, with Oliver Gibson making 31, but Rory Hanley returned 3-28 to ensure the draw.

Stockton totalled 217-9 at home to Whitburn, with Kevin Ward making 36, Matthew Gill scored 63, which included 11 fours and Joe Hewison made 59 from 56 balls, which included eight fours.

Kieran Waterson was the pick of the bowling with 4-47. The visitors were 40-0 when the rain came along.

Sacriston beat the weather and visitors Felling by seven wickets.

Felling batted first, making just 93, with Josh Eaton top scoring with 30 not out.

Jonny Bushnell’s excellent 5-16 and Jack Keall 3-20 did the damage, then Nathan Hall (33) and Reece Carr (34no) put on 43 runs together to guide their team home.

Hetton Lyons were 27 runs short of winning at home to Tynemouth.

The visitors made 138 all out, with Ben Whitehead and Jonathan Malkin each taking four wickets, with Matthew Brown scoring 31. Malkin then made 33 with the bat in 112-4, off 32.2 overs.

Eppleton welcomed Newcastle and the visitors piled up the runs, scoring 263-9 declared, with Ben McGee making 45, Alexander Simpson 33 and then Sam Roseby smashed 54 not out, from just 45 balls, which included four fours and three sixes.

David Wilkinson with 4-63 and Connor Whitelock 3-62, were the pick of the bowling. Eppleton were 32-2, when the game was abandoned.

Brandon returned to the top of Divison One, with a winning draw at home to South Shields.

They smashed 200-3 declared off 26 overs, with Karl Turner making 33, Gordon Muchall 79 not out off 57 balls, with eight fours and five sixes, before Stephen Humble thumped 61 not out from 56 balls, which included 11 fours and a six.

South Shields struggled and made just 82-9 from 26.4 overs, before the rain came, with Karl Turner taking 4-29 and Stephen Humble 3-25.

Willington stay third, after scoring 205 all out at Gateshead Fell, with Jason Marshall (32), Gerasimos Fatouros (40) and Jake Louth (51), with Andrew Porter and Matthew Willis each taking two wickets apiece. Gateshead were 86-6 when the game was abandoned, with Conner Hodgson taking 4-30.

Castle Eden lost early wickets at Burnmoor, but the ever reliable Keith Bailey made 72 to get his side up to 146 all out, with Samiullah Khan, Liam Dixon and Craig Stephenson all taking three wickets each. Burnmoor were 79-3 in reply, when the weather abandoned the game.

Shotley Bridge’s hopes of winning a seventh-successive Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League game were ended by the rain.

Shotley made 212-9 against Consett, Greg Patterson scoring 61and Paul Greenwell 35, with Kamran Mansoor claiming 4-63 and Hassan Raza 3-26, when the game was abandoned.

Lanchester scored 177 all out at home to Percy Main when Stephen Peart top scored with 53 from 56 balls. Lewis Donnelly took 3-47 before the game was abandoned.

Leadgate are third in Division Two, after they won an low scoring match at leaders Bedlington to reduce the gap to 20 points. The home side were skittled for 97, with Farhan Mohammed smashing 32 not out from 32 balls, batting at number nine.

Leadgate struggled against Majid Ansari (5-28) and Chris Younger (3-27). Gary Innes kept his nerve batting at number eight, to score 22 not out and see his side home by one wicket.

Easington edged a point clear at the top of the Readers Durham Cricket League, following their big game at home to second-placed Crook. They batted first and made a healthy 240-7, thanks to Robert Atherton scoring 67, with a bonus of 42 extras.

Edward Wells returned 3-27 and then the rain came.

Tudhoe are third, after seeing off Whiteleas & Harton by seven wickets. Leas were asked to bat first, with Daniel Brown making a good start with the ball taking 3 for 30, to reduce Leas to 28-4, but Owen Peterson made 39 to get them up to 104 all out, despite a great spell of bowling from James Curry, who took 5-24.

Tudhoe knocked the runs off in 21.1 overs, with Daniel Thexton scoring 40 not out, from 32 balls, including six fours and a six to win the game, in a total of 106-3.

Horden drew at home to Durham City, as the visitors made 105 all out, with Thomas Balkwill top scoring with 32 and Adam Dixon took 3-35. The home side looked on course at 36-1, but the game was abandoned.

In Division Two, Evenwood entertained Ryhope and had the visitors 90-5, before the rain came. Dan Blackman scored 34 and Thomas Teasdale jnr took 4-20, however, the visitors remain clear at the top, by just one point.

Hunwick bowled Langley Park out for 161, with Stephen Newton and Dan Keegan each helping themselves to three wickets apiece. Connor Shipley was top scorer for Langley, as her made 31 not out and the game was abandoned.

Peterlee were a massive 256-6 declared away at Hylton, before the game was abandoned.