Barnard Castle lost their lead at the top of the Darlington Building Society NYSD League and dropped to third. Marton are the new early front-runners as they beat Darlington at home by 43 runs.

The new leaders have now won four and drawn one, from their first five games and although Liam Coates took 3-45 early on, they manged to get their score up to 216 all out.

The main reason for that was Lee Hodgson, as he made an excellent 123. He hit 16 fours and a six in his innings, from 141 balls, with Peter Armstrong jnr claiming 4-61 to clean up the tail.

Opener Tom Hewison had the Quakers off to a good start with 66 runs, but Faizan Hussain bowled well claiming 4-18, and win the match for a 25-point haul, to open up a six-point lead at the top.

Richmondshire are second, thanks to an emphatic nine-wicket win, at home to Billingham Synthonia, who batted first. JP Meade with 44 and Tayyab Tahir’s 50, put on 84 for the third wicket, but Steven Reeves turned the match taking 5-18 from 14 overs, to reduce the visitors to 166 all out.

The Dalesmen made short work of their target, with opener Robert Talbot smashing 71 not out from 80 balls, which included 10 fours and a six, while skipper Gary Pratt scored 45 and then Mark Layfield fired 39 not out in 170-1.

Barnard Castle were frustrated at Marske and had to settle for a winning draw. Barney batted first and made 229-8, thanks to opener James Wainman with 67 and skipper James Quinn 53, while Sam Berry returned 4-87 with the ball.

The Seasiders started reasonably well, with Jozef Wing scoring 36 and Nauman Anwar 44, but with Josh Bousfield and James Wainman taking three wickets apiece, they had to hold on for the draw at 188-8. That was thanks an unbroken stand of 43 runs between Jamie Hood jnr (18no) and Michael Brokensha (26no).

Eppleton dominated their Dukes ECB North East Premier League home game with Whitburn.

Dean Musther was in excellent form with the ball, taking 6-36 in his spell, while there were two wickets apiece for Xavier Owen and Connor Whitelock. Opener James Thompson made 44 runs with the bat, but they ended up on 139 all out.

After a couple of early losses, the home side batted well as Sam Dinning struck 54 not out from 128 balls and Tyler Watson then hit 40 not out from 79 balls, as they put on 93 for the third wicket to get their side home on 142-3, to win the game by seven wickets.

Hetton Lyons racked up the runs, scoring 280-3 declared, as they hosted Newcastle. Both openers made centuries, with Stuart Walker scoring 108 from 161 balls, which included 11 fours and a six, while Karl Turner fired 101 runs from 135 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes. They put on 224 runs for the first wicket.

Newcastle were immediately on the ropes, as both openers Steven Allen and Ross Greenwell departed without scoring and were reduced to 31-7. Man of the match Turner claimed 5-42 with the ball and Robert Talbot returned 4-23, to bowl the visitors all out for 127 to win by a massive 153 runs.

The game between Sacriston and Chester-le-Street, was lost to the weather and was abandoned.

Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League leaders Lanchester were at Lintz and the home side decided to bat first. They made 125-9, with opener Johnny Forster making 50 from 51 balls, which included four fours and three sixes. The star with the ball Callum Barnes claimed 4-33.

The visitors had openers Graham Brinton and Dan Nicotra to thank, as they both scored 38 runs to get their side over the line, ending up on 129-6.

Annfield Plain were at Newcastle City, but this game was abandoned, due to the rain.

In Division Two, Leadgate journeyed to Greenside and in a game reduced to 35 overs did well to get their score up to 221-5.

Luke McCabe and David Richardson both scored 50, while James Radcliffe added 44 and skipper Robbie Hockaday 36. In reply, Adam Wilkin was top scorer for the home side with 56, as they finished on 172-6.

Readers Durham Cricket League leaders Easington hosted Horden and recorded a comfortable seven-wicket win. The visitors scored 119 all out, as Omar Shahid (3-29) and Kavindu Kulasekara (4-28) bowled well. However, they did lose early wickets, until David Tarn smashed 81 not out, to guide his side to a score of 123-3.

Tudhoe entertained Esh Winning and racked up a healthy 214-3, thanks to an excellent century from Daniel Thexton. His ton (103no) came off 120 balls, which included eight fours and two sixes, while Ramesh Mendis added 89 from 77 balls, as they put on 189 runs for the third wicket.

Esh had Khasif Naveed to thank for his 64 runs, which enabled them to claim the draw on 154-8, despite 3-35 from James Curry.

Division Two leaders Dawdon had a comfortable win over Ryhope to make it four wins from four.

The visitors batted first and only made 60 all out, as Mark Ewart (3-32), David Coates (4-13) and Faz Hussain (3-9), destroyed their batting line up. Skipper Steven Gale then smashed 46 not out, as they coasted to 61-0.