Richmondshire regained control at the Darlington Building Society NYSD ECB Premier League summit, by beating Marske at Windy Hill Lane by five wickets.

Josh Dowson made early inroads, taking 3-31 as the home side were reduced to 56-4. Nauman Anwar made 27, but then skipper Gary Pratt claimed 4-12, to restrict the Seasiders to 119 all out.

Pratt led the way with the bat, making 37, and Mike Layfield then added 33 as they put on 61 runs for the second wicket. The Dalesmen reached their victory target of 120-5, in 26.2 overs, despite Michael Brokensha and Sam Berry taking two wickets each.

Barnard Castle were frustrated by Middlesbrough at Vere Road. Hashan Dumindu scored a magnificent 156 from 137 balls, which included 21 fours and four sixes. Pat Roberts added a breezy 61 not out from 64 balls, in a 142-run partnership for the fourth wicket, as they ended up on 279-5.

Boro started brightly and batted well throughout, as Nick Kwant made 60 from 56 balls, Yash Vagadia 47, Jake Whittle added 30 and Adam Beaumont 31. Richard Watson did his best and claimed an excellent 6-50 from his 15 overs, but the visitors held out to make 208-8.

Darlington lost at Stokesley in a rain-affected game. Quakers made a positive start, with Liam Coates scoring 82 not out from 112 balls, which included seven fours and three sixes, in a final total of 197-9, while Andrew Weighell claimed 4-33 with the ball.

The Duckworth/Lewis method meant the home side’s revised target was 178 from 43 overs, which they managed thanks to Jonny Weighell who was unbeaten on made 64 and Tom Preece added 60 from 57 balls, which included 10 fours and a six, despite Mark Davies claiming 4-39.

The weather spoilt most of the Dukes ECB North East Premier League cricket, but two games finished in the Dukes ECB NEPL Premier Division, as Hetton Lyons and Eppleton recorded comprehensive victories.

Hetton had Karl Turner to thank for their 229-4 declared at home to Burnopfield. He made 94 from 101 balls, which included 12 fours and two sixes, alongside Jarvis Clay and Ryan Clark who both made 42 not out, sharing an unbroken 65-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

In reply, the visitors started terribly, as openers Scott Steel was run out without facing and then Matthew Oswell went for a duck. Gareth Wade ripped through the batting order, taking 5-55, with only Harry Adair and Callum Thorp resisting with 40 apiece, in a final total of 146 all out.

Eppleton were comprehensive winners by 108 runs, as they entertained Newcastle and decided to bat first on winning the toss.

Opener Marcus Brown made 30, Tyler Easton 37, while Sam Dinning batted very well for 78 runs from 138 balls, which included nine fours. Ross Sinclair claimed 4-55, alongside Alasdair Appleby who took 4-56 with the ball, in a final total of 214 all out.

The visitors then lost two quick wickets, as Jack McBeth (3-23) removed both openers and then Alasdair Appleby made 42 runs, but wickets fell all around him, as Robert Talbot claimed 3-34, alongside David Wilkinson who cleaned up the tail, returning figures of 4-22 in a final total of 106 all out.

Burnmoor travelled to Sacriston and made a positive start after taking first knock.

Opener Martin Hubber scored 50 after Rory Mcinnes-Gibbons had claimed 2-23 in 117-3, before the rain came.

Chester-le-Street welcomed Benwell Hill to Ropery Lane and the visitors batted first making 74-1, with James Schofield looking in good nick, on 39 not out, before the rain came.

In the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, Lanchester welcomed Alnmouth & Lesbury and the home side were asked to bat first. Graeme Brinton with 43 and Dan Nicotra 50, put on 98 runs for the first wicket. They were on 163-4 in the 37th over, when the rain settled the match through abandonment.

Rain affected play in the Readers Durham Cricket League as leaders Easington were struggling on 88-7 at Ushaw Moor. Scott Nattress claimed 3-28, but the game was washed out as the rain came along.

Tudhoe travelled to Whiteleas & Harton and the home side batted first. Nathan Ulla hit an excellent century, scoring 104 from 94 balls, which included 15 fours. He put on 94 runs for the first wicket with Alan Beadle (36), and then put on 87 runs with Usman Arshad who hit 54 not out, in a final total of 210-3 declared.

Tudhoe then started well as opener William Jewitt made 56 from 68 balls, which included six fours and two sixes, as they were on 127-3, when the rain washed out play.