Chester-le-Street were in all kinds of bother at Eppleton in the Dukes ECB North East Premier League when they were reduced to 92-7. Jack McBeth tore into the top order, returning 4-70.

However, Quentin Hughes made 59 not out from 113 balls and Liam Burgess 32 from 48 as they put on 61 crucial runs for the eighth wicket and they were able to declare on 191-9.

Eppleton were given 25 overs to win and they ended up on 127-4, with Joseph Coyne (52no) and Josh Coughlin (46), put on 77 together after been 45-3.

Durham Academy scored 228 all out against Whitburn. Opener Ross Greenwell carried his bat, making 131 not out from 149 balls, which included 13 fours and four sixes. Jamie Dass added 59 and they put on 132 for the fourth wicket, after been 37-3. Kieran Waterson was in tremendous bowling form, taking 8-53 from 12.5 overs.

Whitburn were in good form with the bat as well, with Lee Henderson scoring 66 and Christopher McBride a magnificent 102 from 107 balls, including 16 fours and a six, which helped win the game by seven wickets in a total of 229-3.

Hetton Lyons bowled Felling out for 142, with Christopher Ralston taking 3-30 and Edward Hurst top scored with 57, with a useful 41 from Paul Leonard late on.

The Lyons had 25 overs to chase the runs down and, while they lost wickets regularly, they nearly made it, falling three runs short of victory, with skipper Jarvis Clay scoring 57 runs off 69 balls.

Sacriston entertained South North and the champions won the toss and asked the home side to bat first. They scored 140-9, with James Thompson carrying his bat for 66 not out from 156 balls, with Sean Tindale taking 3-33.

When the visitors batted, they soon got into their stride with Simon Birtwisle scoring 34 and Liam Trevaskis making 39 not out from 76 balls, which included three fours and a six, in a total of 143-6 to clinch the win.

Stockton welcomed Tynemouth and the visitors made an excellent 213-2, with Ben Debnam hitting 81 and Nick Armstrong 53 as they put on 119 for the first wicket.

The rain delay meant that Stockton had 38 overs and they batted out the draw after being 81-5, eventually making 162-8, thanks to Matthew Gill (30), James Ward (58no) and George Harding (35).

In Division One, Brandon remain second, after a winning draw at home to Boldon. They amassed 247-4, thanks to Chris Peareth 32, Gordon Muchall 44, Ryan Pringle 76 and Nathan Anderson 52 not out. Boldon opener Chris Ellison made 49 not out to save the day, despite 4-31 from Karl Turner.

Castle Eden took eight points from their washed out game at home to Willington at Parklands. The home side had made 186-4, with Robbie McGlasham scoring 83 and Saeed Bin Nasir 45, before the rain came along.

In the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, Ashington travelled to Shotley Bridge and were asked to bat first.

Opener Jack Jessop led the way with 54, but they lost regular wickets with Adam Phillips taking 3-24, but they finished on 111-5 following the rain interruptions. Shotley Bridge had 29 overs to win, but came up short on 96-9 in the 28th over.

Lanchester welcome Stocksfield and won by a comfortable eight wickets. Stocksfield made 148 all out, with Sam Beedle making 43 and Dan Wylie 40 not out, with Lewis Donnelly the stand out bowler, taking 4-14. Graham Brinton with 65 not out and Sam Crooks 47 not out, steered them to victory following a 108 run partnership.

Readers Durham Cricket League leaders Crook won by six wickets at Philadelphia.

The home side made 138-9, with Paul Hollinshead top scoring with 49 not out, as Stephen Chapman took 4-30. In reply, Crook made 139-4, following an opening partnership of 61 with Andrew Pratt scoring 41 and Chapman 51no to cruise home.

Easington stay second, following a six-wicket win at Marsden.

The home side made 145-8, thanks to David Lowther scoring 65 not out as DS Tillakaratne taking 3-18. The visitors scored 149-4, with Ryan Higgins making 33 and Omar Shahid bashing 48 not out.

Third-placed Tudhoe travelled to Horden and were asked to bat first, making 151-8, with Daniel Brown smashing 67 not out, from 63 balls, which included nine fours and three sixes. The rain came and ended the game.

Durham City lost heavily at Bill Quay, as they racked up 229-7, with Alan Mustard scoring 36, Chris Malley 52 not out and Michael Orridge made 52, with Paul Moralee taking 3-46. City were crushed to 86 all out, as Adam Rayner took 6-16.

Evenwood took pole position in Division Two, as they beat Hylton by 134 runs. They piled up 214-7, thanks to Owen Peddlety scoring 75. Hylton were all out for 83, as Shahid Khan, Thomas William Teesdale snr and Thomas Teesdale jnr, all took three wickets apiece.

Peterlee were well beaten at Dawdon, losing by nine wickets. They made 131 all out, with James Kemp scoring 39 and Faz Hussain claiming 5-33. Dawdon cruised to 134-1, Jamie Greenwood 57 not out and Nathan Newton 60 not out.