In the Premier Division, Alasdair Appleby’s excellent spell of 6/11 (4.5) propelled Felling to a 9-wicket victory over Hetton Lyons. The Lyons decided to bat first and were going well at 125-3 before Appleby came on to bowl. He dismissed Jarvis Clay (33) and Gary Scott (62), who were both well set, and then made quick work of the lower order as the Lyons collapsed to 148 all out. Joe Cracknell scored an unbeaten 94 from 59 balls, including 10 fours and 6 sixes, as Felling reached their target in 19.5 overs.
Paul Craig made 66 from 60 balls as Burnmoor posted 203/6 from their 40 overs against Whitburn. Ross Richardson top-scored with 49 for the visitors, an innings which included 3 sixes, but the rest of their top order struggled to score, and they finished 132/9, falling 71 runs short. There were wickers for Burnmoor’s Chaminda Bandara (3/7) and Ryan Pringle (3/40).
Sacriston made 118/7 from 25 overs in a rain-affected game against South Northumberland. The Bulls kept the Sacriston batsmen quiet, with wickets for Sean Tindale (3/22) and Lee Crozier (2/24), and none passed 30. Simon Birtwisle (58*) and Sol Bell (49*) made light work of the run chase, reaching their target in 20.4 overs to secure a 10-wicket victory and keep their side at the top of the table.
Chester le Street also extended their unbeaten run, beating Washington by 72 runs. Andrew Smith made 93 to see the Keets to 226/8 from their 50 overs, and the wickets were shared between their bowlers as they restricted Washington to 154/9.
Burnopfield v Tynemouth and Eppleton v Benwell Hill were abandoned.
In Division 1, Philadelphia notched a 162-run victory over Boldon. The visitors batted first, and while none of their batsmen passed 50, they all made contributions to their eventual total of 221. Nicholas Sampson-Barnes was the standout performer for Boldon with the ball, taking 7/47. Philadelphia took control of the game in the second innings, and there were wickets for Peter Greenwell (3/17) and Gary Embleton (3/20) as Boldon were bowled out for just 59.
Newcastle clutched a narrow 3-wicket win against Ashington at Jesmond. Liam Trevaskis starred with the ball, taking 4/21, as Ashington made 185/9 from their 50 overs. Ben Harmison held together the innings with 51. Trevaskis followed up his excellent spell with an unbeaten 76, anchoring the run chase, and Newcastle reached their target with 12 overs to spare. Cameron Steel took 4/57 for Ashington.
Blaydon put in an excellent performance to chase down 236 against Lanchester. Greg Patterson made 109 for the visitors in the first innings, helping them to a respectable total of 235, despite good spells from Blaydon’s opening bowlers, Joseph Reynolds (3/43) and Gary Stewart (3/38). Graham Clark (63) and Ross Nicholson (90) put on 107 for the third wicket, setting platform for Blaydon’s eventual 3-wicket victory, which came with 7 balls of the game remaining.
Jamie Dass made an unbeaten 100 at the top of the order as Willington posted 263/5 against Gateshead Fell. He was supported by Reece Carr, who made 85 from 83 balls, including 6 fours and 4 sixes. Jonathan Conolly was excellent for Gateshead Fell in the second innings, finishing 103 not out, but he received little support from his fellow batsmen, none of whom passed 25, and the home side were restricted to 211/8, falling 52 runs short of victory.