Richmondshire took advantage of the tied Darlington Building Society NYSD ECB Premier League game between Marton and Barnard Castle to go top of the league, following their win at home to Darlington.

The visitors started fairly well, with openers Tom Hewison scoring 32 and James Sutton a fine 52, while Liam Coates added 35. Gary Pratt claimed 3-34 in a final total of 152-6.

However, the Dalesmen reached their target, as Pratt made 28, Robert Carr 26 and Steven Reeves 26, finishing on 155-5, to reach the summit.

The big game at the top was reduced to a 35 overs each due to the weather, and Marton decided to field first at home to Barnard Castle. Hashan Dumindu top scored with 54 from 67 balls, as they made 166-7, with Faizan Hussain again in good form, claiming 4-46.

The home side then started well, with openers Jonathan Spillane (36) and Lee Hodgson (83), putting on 75 runs for the first wicket. Hodgson hit five fours and three sixes in his innings, as they chased down their target. It came down to the last over, and then the last ball, but Barney managed to claim a tied game as the home side scored 166-4.

In the Dukes ECB North East Premier League, Sacriston lost early wickets, as visiting Whitburn won the toss and inserted the home side. Craig Smith removed both openers and then Jack Burnham claimed 3-52, as Solomon Bell (40) and Matthew Potts (38), had steadying the ship with a 54-run partnership. Nathan Hall then added a useful 42, as did Callum Appleby, who made 42 in a final score of 231-9.

Whitburn struggled with the bat, as they slumped to 19-4, thanks to Melvyn Betts who claimed 4-23, but Jack Burnham came to the rescue, with a fine 73 from 93 balls, which included 10 fours. The visitors ended up on 137-8 to claim the draw, despite Chris McBride returning 3-18.

Eppleton drew at Felling and had the home side in all kinds of trouble after asking them to bat first.

Xavier Owen (3-15) and Jack McBeth (2-14) ripped out the top batting order, leaving them on 23-5. However, Ed Hurst then made a crucial 46, which included five fours and a six, while Graham Wright smashed 35 from 16 balls, which had two fours and four sixes, in a 61-run partnership for the seventh wicket.

The visitors also lost early wickets, as Paul Leonard (5-16), led the fightback. However, Dean Musther with 32 and Gary Burlinson (23), claimed the draw, finishing on 95-8.

Chester-le-Street journeyed to Hetton Lyons and the home side decided to bat first on winning the toss. However, John Harrison with 3-12 and Alex McGrath 5-23, made life difficult. Karl Turner made 53 and nearly carried his bat, but he was last man out in a final total of 109.

The Lyons fought back, as early wickets tumbled and at 70-6, the game could have gone either way. However, the Cestrians nervously crept over the line on 110-8, with skipper John Coxon top scoring with 18 runs.

In the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, Lanchester went to the top of the league, with a seven-wicket win at Tynedale. They had the home side in serious trouble at 42-5. Greg Halliday was the main culprit, taking 4-25, alongside teammate Callum Barnes who claimed 3-37. However, Joshua Shuard dug in for 39 from 59 balls, but they were eventually all out for 112.

The visitors batted well, with Graham Brinton smashing 66 not out from 91 balls, which included nine fours and two sixes, to win finishing on 115-3.

In Division Two, Leadgate won at home to Bates Cottages by eight wickets. The visitors made 145-4. In reply, the home side secured victory, thanks to Robbie Hockaday scoring 58 not out and Lee Innes 62, to claim the victory.

Easington won again in Readers Durham Cricket League Division One, beating Littletown at home by 28 runs in a low scoring game. The home side batted first and scored 73 all out, as Patrick Stephenson with 4-30 and Bryan Conlon 4-23, while number 10 batsman Bradley Davis made a crucial 19 runs.

In reply, the visitors were skittled for just 45, thanks to man of the match Davis who claimed 4-9 off just three overs, alongside Omar Shahid who took 3-14.

Tudhoe claimed the draw at Bill Quay, following the home side making 169-8. Jeff Tudor scored 45 and Chris Little 30, as James Curry returned 4-36 with the ball. The visitors then made 112-5, as David Curry scored 30 and Daniel Thexton 50 not out.