Pringle torments Chester
Having previously gone twelve months between League defeats, Chester le Street could only go seven days as they lost for the second successive Saturday in the Dukes North East Premier League.
Hetton Lyons batted first against the League leaders, and posted an imposing 313 for eight with Gary Scott blasting 106 with 12 fours and four sixes. Scott added 185 for the third wicket with Ryan Pringle whose 86 included 11 fours and six sixes - 80 runs in boundaries.
When Chester le Street had use of the pitch, Pringle tormented them with the ball picking up 6-42 with only Liam Simpson (66) providing any real resistance. Chester bowled out for 171, and a crushing 142 run defeat.
The gap to second placed Blaydon is now just ten points, after the Denefield outfit defeated Durham Academy. Durham batted first, with captain Ben Raine anchoring his side with 102 at the top of the order. The innings was declared at 191 for nine.
In reply, Blaydon's Mark Stoneman mirrored Raine's efforts opening the innings, with a patient 101 until his was third out with twenty needed to win. Blaydon picking up a six wicket win to keep the pressure on the top of the table with seven games remaining.
South Northumberland are in third place, coming good after a slow start to their campaign. A late order 63 from Stephen Humble helped them recover to 209 for nine declared at home to Tynemouth.
The seasiders were always in the hunt while professional Rameez Shahzad (81) was at the crease, but when he became one of Lee Crozier's four victims, the Bulls closed out a 34 run win. Crozier finished with 4-42 for South North.
At the foot of the table, it's looking bleak for Gateshead Fell after they were rolled over for just 93 away to fellow strugglers Stockton. Alan Baird (3-23) and Jon Rickard (3-9) the pick of the bowlers with only two batsmen getting to double figures.
Stockton lost skipper Kevin Ward early but otherwise cruised to a seven wicket win in the 21st over. The Fell are now 22 points adrift at the bottom of Dukes NEPL Division One.
In Saturday's other League games, Sunderland won the Tyne-Wear derby at Jesmond scoring 266-9 before dismissing the home side for just 108.
Benwell Hill had contributions throughout their batting order in scoring 290-9 at South Shields. Joe Kilpatrick and Zohaib Khan then shared seven wickets as the home side were bowled out for 196 despite 72 from Michael Dunn.
This coming Saturday, Benwell Hill host Chester le Street, Blaydon are at home to Sunderland, Gateshead Fell welcome South Shields, Durham Academy travel to Hetton Lyons, South Northumberland play host to Newcastle and Stockton have their day at the coast in Tynemouth.