Darlington eased their Darlington Building Society NYSD ECB Premier League worries, as they had a winning draw at Thornaby.

They are now 14-points above the relegation trapdoor and bowled the home side out for 149. Jeremy Boyle with 41 and Lewis Beaumont with 33 made decent contributions, but Liam Coates (3-25) and Peter Armstrong (4-25), kept them in check. However, they did not start after the rains came, and the match was abandoned.

The much-anticipated game between Richmondshire and Barnard Castle, was abandoned due to the weather.

In the Dukes ECB North East Premier League, Sacriston were asked to bat first at Hetton Lyons. At 31-4, they were in trouble, but Will Gidman with a brilliant 104 off 137 balls, which included 10 fours and a six, and Jonny Bushnell (72), recovered the innings, as they put on 156 runs for the fifth wicket. They declared on 209-6, with Robert Talbot the pick of the bowling, returning 3-44.

Man of the match Gidman then struck with the ball, taking three quick wickets, as the Lyons fell to 33-3 early on and then 40-5, and as they reached 81-7. He took all seven wickets, for just 31 runs, before the rain intervened.

Burnmoor entertained Newcastle and had the visitors struggling, after losing the toss - at one stage they were 47-4. Sami Khan took a brilliant 5-19. Robert Thompson (24) and Alasdair Appleby (26) steadied the ship, but they were all out for 134, as Graeme Bridge took 3-50.

Opener Allan Worthy led the run chase, scoring an unbeaten 40, alongside Marc Symington who scored 53 not out to ensure victory in a final total of 135-3.

Unbeaten Eppleton travelled to South Northumberland and were in all sorts of trouble at 30-6, as Sean Tindale (4-25) and Jonathan Wightman (3-17) bowled very well. Only Gary Burlinson resisted with (25no), as they were all out for just 77 runs.

However, the visitors fought back and took regular wickets, reducing the home side to 46-5, with Xavier Owen claiming 3-34, but Sean Tindale (18) and Parth Mannikar (10no), saw them home to a nervy victory, on 80-6, to end the last unbeaten record of the season.

Chester-Le-Street’s game at Burnopfield, was abandoned due to the weather.

In the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, Lanchester dropped to third, after they were rained off Percy Main. The home side had the visitors 0-2, 10-3 and 38-5, as Sameer Haque took 3-41 and Will Taylor 3-20, but 44 not out from Callum Barnes, from 106 balls, eased them up to 121 all out.

The visitors struck back early, as Kieran Gohery (3-21) reduced the home side to 33-4, but the rain came in as they were on 67-5, and the match was abandoned.

Division Two leaders Leadgate had an emphatic 224-run win at home to Blyth. Robbie Hockaday with 49, Luke McCabe 67, Lee Innes 38, and Jack Thackray 54, piled on the runs, as Cameron Walker claimed 3-60 with the ball.

The visitors capitulated and were all out for just 51, as Graham Hubber took a magnificent 8-8, from just 6.1 overs for an easy win.

Readers Durham Cricket League, pace setters Easington had to settle for a rain affected draw, at home to home to Seaham Park.

The visitors set a decent total of 146-9, thanks to Neil Young who made 53 and John Sample 29, while Jordan Wilson was the pick of the bowling, claiming 3-20. The home side were 58-3 when the rain came, and the match was abandoned.

Tudhoe were at Durham City and lost by three wickets, in a close game. The visitors made 104 all out, as Danni Hazell claimed an excellent 6-15. However, City had to rely on Callum Steel scoring 52 runs, to claim a narrow victory on 105-7, despite the best efforts of Daniel Brown who took 4-32.