Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lyons Roaring, but the Moor Stay Top; Warmseal Durham Senior League

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lyons Roaring, but the Moor Stay Top; Warmseal Durham Senior League

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Byline: CHRIS WEST

A SUPERB weekend for Hetton Lyons, during which they claimed maximum points in both league games played, was not enough to dislodge Burnmoor from the top of the table.

The defending champions responded in kind with two wins of their own.

It was not all plain sailing on Saturday for the Lyons as they took first knock against South Hetton.

Their first four batsmen all went relatively cheaply, but this just unleashed Bobby Steel (82no) and Jarvis Clay (40no), who took their side through to 225-4.

Freddie Napier (93) then threatened to cause a sensation, but Surrappulige Malinga (3-39) and Ian Male (3-43) kept control and, with Gary Adey and Kieran Waterson also picking up a brace of wickets each, South's brave challenge ended on 175.

In Sunday's game against Horden, Paul Riddle's unbeaten century provided a great foundation for his team-mates to race to an early declaration on 243-4, with Ryan Pringle (51) sharing in an opening stand with Riddle which set the agenda.

Adrian Hedley (51) threatened for a while for the visitors, but with Pringle (3-18) enjoying a fine all-round performance and Ian Male (3-38) delivering again, the Lyons won comfortably by 50 runs.

Burnmoor found Eppleton in fighting mood in their first game and for once their awesome batting line-up was held in check after Jimmy Daley (66) and Barry Dews (51) had given them the best of starts.

Carl Watson (3-36) and Matthew Jane (3-38) proved particularly effective for the home team with the champs held to a score of 170-8.

As ever, the potent Burnmoor attack had all the answers, Ian Conn (3-15) and Alex Ludlow (3-28) leading the way as the hosts crashed to 84 all out.

The weather threatened to disrupt Burnmoor's plans the following day against Marsden, but they were able to engineer a result from a reduced game that keeps their championship pot bubbling. …

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