Sacriston Close The Gap
Sacriston Colliery CC closed the gap on South Shields at the top of the table with a five-wicket victory over Willington last weekend.
Losing the toss and being asked to bowl on a hot day was not what the bowlers were asking for but with excellent control from the two Hubber brothers, wickets were picked up regularly and left Willington struggling on 64 for five.
Elliott Foster (55) and Calvin Stephenson (62) both helped the home side's cause with half-centuries for each of them to take the score up to 189 all out, with Graham Hubber recording figures of five for 33 off 11.4 overs.
15-year-old debutant Dominic Scott took his first wicket in the league and finished with figures of one for 42 from his seven overs of left-arm spin.
In reply Sacriston lost opener Claughan for nine but this brought together professional Ali and Anderson who added 137 runs together with 29 fours included with Ali scoring 95 and Anderson 65.
With 31 runs needed for victory Ali was dismissed needing five for his century, bowled by ex-Sacriston man Max Bailey.
Another three wickets soon fell with Hunter, Anderson and Potts all being dismissed but this did not affect the result with Sacriston winning by five wickets with more then 10 overs to spare and Sacriston picking up maximum points.
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