Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North East Premier League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North East Premier League

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It may be too early to celebrate just yet but Horden had plenty to shout about when they opened up a nine-point lead in the Federation Special Durham Senior League on Saturday.

Not only did they see off the challenge from South Shields in double quick time, but nearest opponents Eppleton suffered only their second defeat of the season.

Incredibly, South Shields lost their first nine wickets with just 29 runs on the board before last man Johnny Wightman decided that attack was the best form of defence. He hit a six and four boundaries in 40 and together with Neil Dixon, who ended one not out added 31 but the total was still a meagre 52 runs.

The innings last just 13.2 overs as paceman Andrew Robson took 4-28 and spinner Nadeem Khan 5-20.

It took Horden just ten overs to complete the task as Carl Watson recorded five fours in an unbeaten 36 during a 20 minute stay at the wicket.

The entire game lasted only 23.2 overs and just 91 minutes play was needed.

Horden were delighted with their performance, they must have been ecstatic at the news that Burnmoor had crushed Eppleton. Des Beach captured seven wickets for only 38 runs in 14.2 overs to reduce Eppleton to 104 all out from 44.2 overs. Eppleton lost their last five wickets for the addition of only four runs before Burnmoor won at a canter. Barry Dews (35) and Mark Robson, who had eight boundaries in an unbeaten 43, laid the foundations of the reply with a second wicket stand of 61.

It has certainly been a rags to riches season for Marsden, who along with Horden are the only unbeaten teams. They secured their biggest win so far defeating Whitburn by 10 wickets when the runs flowed from Sean De Kretser, who had one six and 13 fours in 86 and Chris Mann with 83, including a couple of sixes and 12 boundaries.

De Kretser who has played a leading role in Marsden's revival, was also successful in the attack taking 3-22 while Graeme Fox returned 4-68 from 17 overs. …

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