Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Cricket League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Cricket League

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Byline: CHRIS WEST

Table-topping Tudhoe tightened their grip on the Division One leadership when they recovered their composure after a disappointing batting display to defeat in-form Horden by 20 runs.

And with Burnmoor unable to force a positive result at Philadelphia, and Esh Winning going down to a heavy defeat, the end result was that the leaders finished the day in a far better position than they could realistically have hoped for at the interval of their game.

Hosts Horden took a firm hold through Sahil Madgaonkar (3-34), Scott Birks (4-14 from 12 overs) and Adam Dixon (3-19), Tudhoe slumping to a meagre 97 in 38.1 testing overs, but then the visitors struck back fiercely as Ian Grainger (7-38) and Kishen Kushen (3-38) ripped the home team out for 77 in just 23.4 overs.

Esh Winning were another side struggling to cope in bowler-friendly conditions. They crashed to a surprise defeat at the hands of hosts Mainsforth, and as a consequence lost significant ground in the title race.

Gary Cummings led an effective home strike force, grabbing 4-29 from his 12 overs, and with only Michael Oughton (35 from 33 balls) looking likely to break free Esh crumbled to 84-9 before declaring in the 40th over in the hope of picking up an additional five points if they won. But that was never on the cards as Mohammed Nawaz dominated with an unbeaten 54 to lead his team to a seven-wicket success in 24.1 overs.

Burnmoor only faced 43 overs at Bunker Hill as they tried to knock off Philadelphia's first-innings score of 190-7, and they failed by five runs as time was called on the match. Moor went into the last over needing 10 to win with five wickets standing, but Peter Greenwell picked up 1-4 in his final six balls to frustrate the defending champions.

At the opposite end of the table it's going to take an awful lot for Marsden and Evenwood to save their skins, but at least both showed they have plenty of fight left and haven't thrown in the towel just yet. …

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