Chester-le-Street went to near neighbours Sacriston and comfortably passed the Dukes ECB North East Premier League test, winning by 112 runs.

Batting first the Cestrians racked up 235-4, with openers Kyle Davis (51) and George Harrison (44), putting on 90 for the first wicket. Jacob McCann made 72 not out.

Sacriston were in deep trouble from the start, slumping to 15-4 and although Jack Hardy steadied the ship with 45, Stephen Cantwell with 4-15 and Liam Burgess 3-18 were too good.

Hetton Lyons lost a low scoring match at home to Whitburn.

The home side won the toss and decided to bat. Opener Stuart Walker ground out 25 off 50 balls and Brian Talbot hit a breezy 30 from 30, but they ended up on 96 all out.

Kieran Waterson with a devastating spell of 4-13 and Matthew Muchall 3-17 tore the Lyons top order apart, with Craig Smith adding 2-36.

Two early wickets reduced the visitors to 18-2, but a partnership of 48 between Lee Henderson (26) and Ross Carty (24), edged the visitors home by three wickets, ending up on 97-7 from 32.2 overs.

Eppleton entertained the Durham Cricket Academy and played out a thrilling draw. The home side made a healthy 257-8, with Marcus Brown (44), Joe Coyne (47) and a Josh Coughlin fired a quick-fire 78, which included eight fours and two sixes. Faizan Hussain with 3-49 was the pick of the bowling.

The Academy came within two runs of a brilliant run chase, scoring 255-9 - with the game having all three options still on the table, a win for either side or the draw going into the last over.

Ross Greenwell hit 42, Solomon Bell 56, Harry Adair 77 and Tom Dowson 46, but Connor Whitelock took 5-62 which was just enough to hold back the youngsters.

Stockton faced Benwell Hill at the Grangefield Ground, with the visitors making first use of the track. They hit 270-2 with openers Phillip Nicholson (36) and James Schofield 49, but Jacques Snyman fired a majestic century of 104 not out, from just 74 balls, with seven fours and three sixes and skipper Kyle Coetzer added 51 not out from 53 balls.

The Teessiders were 57-4 at one stage, thanks to 3-31 from Mohammed Shinwari. Joe Hewison with 60 and Jamie Harrison 40, steadied the ship, but they were all out for 176.

Brandon are top of Divisions One after a 58-run win at home to Willington.

They made 166-9 with Matthew Brown scoring 33 and Chris Peareth 30, with Steven Alderson taking 4-34 and Gerasimos Fatouros 3-29. Willington struggled and made just 108, mainly thanks to Karl Turner (5-46) and Gordon Muchall (5-33). Jake Dickinson, batting at nine, top scored with 33.

Burnmoor smashed the ball to all parts at Gateshead Fell, scoring 276-3, with 93 from Paul Craig, 75 not out from Gareth Harte and 51 from Allan Worthy. Gateshead made 186-5, to earn the draw with David Daley making 33 not out and Stephen Devenport 30.

Castle Eden travelled to bottom club Blaydon and won by five wickets.

Chasing 193-9 set by the home side, Keith Bailey with 64 not out and Saeed Bin Nasir making 54, ensured victory, with Phillip Miller taking 4-63.

Unbeaten Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League leaders Shotley Bridge racked up 298-7, when they welcomed Tynedale with Paul Greenwell making a fine century (109), with nine fours and three sixes, off 120 balls. He was ably assisted by Kieran Milburn who scored 91 off 128 balls, with 11 fours and six, putting on 197 for the second wicket. Sam Peter was the pick of the bowling, returning 3-26.

Tynedale slumped to 12-3, but skipper Thomas Cant made 38 and Daniel Parker 22, to put the brakes on. Euan Stephenson (28) and Callan McCabe (27) tried to dig in for the draw, but with Tom May claiming 4 for 22, Shotley ended up winning by 157 runs.

Lanchester welcomed Alnmouth & Lesbury and the visitors scored 198 all out, thanks mainly to Dushan Hemantha, who hit 65, with Kieron Taylor claiming 3-23. Sam Crookes then hit 51 for Lanchester as they chased down the total, scoring 199-7, despite Dushan Hemantha taking 3-70.

In the Readers Durham Cricket League, Crook maintained their excellent start to the season, with another convincing win, this time by six wickets at home to Marsden.

The visitors made a decent 148-9, with Chris Mann scoring 54 and Matthew Evans 33, with Daniel Doram taking an excellent 5-37. Crook had Stuart Newton to thank as he scored a half century (50) and with Daniel Doram making 42 with the bat, they made 149-4, to ease to victory.

Easington went top as they saw off Mainsforth with a mammoth 149 run win, amassing 206-2, with Ryan Higgins making 44, and Jonathan Davis 82. In reply, bowlers Omar Shahid (6-22) and Duvindu Tillakaratne (3-8), did the damage with the ball.

Tudhoe welcomed Seaham Park and the visitors scored a healthy 219, thanks to a magnificent 153 not out from Virat Singh, which included 18 fours and two sixes, from 120 balls. Tudhoe replied with 223-3, batting well to chase down the target, with Ben Wicling making a fine century (118) and Ian Grainger made 62 not out.

Durham City scored 230-7 at Whiteleas & Harton, with Tom Balkwill scoring 42 and Callum Steel 45, but it was not enough. Whiteleas’ Alan Beadle made 64, Hafiz Aleem 45 and Biliwal Iqbal 50 not out, to win by two wickets.

Horden were at Bill Quay and the home side made a good score of 233-7, thanks to Alan Mustard smashing 106 and Michael Orridge making 31 not out.

Horden made 224 all out, coming up nine short, with Liam Irving scoring 50, Adam Dixon 38 and JP Meade 74, with Berwick Hall the star with the ball returning 5-47.

Evenwood went top of Division Two, after a 66-run win over Boldon CA. They made 196-7, thanks to Shahid Khan scoring 59 not out and Boldon CA in reply were all out for 130, mainly thanks to the bowling of Shahid Khan who took 4-26.

Peterlee made a decent 183 all out, at home to Ryhope, with a great century from Zachary McCaskie (101), with 10 fours and two sixes, off 118 balls and Jonny Errington took 5-29.

In reply, Matthew Kirtley also hit a century (100no), from 103 balls, with 13 fours and a six, with Paul Jenkin making 58, in a winning total of 187-5, with James Garraghan the pick of the bowling, returning 3-44.