South Shields show they do have the Will to win

Boldon's wicket keeper Geoff Sargon keeps a close eye on Burnmoor batsman Marc Symington's efforts.
Boldon's wicket keeper Geoff Sargon keeps a close eye on Burnmoor batsman Marc Symington's efforts.

South Shields showed a desire and a will to win only their second win of the Dukes ECB NEPL First Division season against Willington at the weekend.

Bottom club South Shields shocked their opponents to secure a surprise four-wicket victory.

The home side batted first and made 174 all out, with Adam Khan making 36, Rob Whitehead 33 and Lachlan Marron dug in for 47 runs, off 115 balls.

Sam Embleton took the bowling honours, with an excellent 5-43, backed up by Adam May, who returned 3-30.

Shields started their chase badly and were in deep trouble at 47-4.

However, Chris Rainbow made 30, Sam Embleton 41 and Ben Scott hammered 63 not out from 93 balls, which included nine fours, to win the game, despite Jake Dickinson taking bowling figures of 3-28.

Burnmoor are still in second place following their win at home to Boldon, but still trail leaders Burnopfield by 18 points.

The home side took first knock and totalled 199-7, with Liam Dixon scoring 32, then Marc Symington with 51 and Craig Symington with 52, boosted the score up.

Ian Male was the pick of the bowling, returning figures of 3-17.

In reply, Boldon could only manage 113, with Marc Symington with the ball this time, taking 4-37, while Ian Pattison made 58 for the visitors.

Whitburn remain second in the Premier Division following an eight-wicket win at home to Tynemouth, but trail leaders South North by 34 points.

The visitors were asked to bat first, scoring 164 all out, with Mark Watt top scoring with 39 and Michael Jones adding 37.

Mark Elliott was the pick of the bowling, returning figures of 4-17, off 11 overs, and there were two wickets apiece for Matthew Muchall and Kieran Waterson.

Although Whitburn lost two early wickets, Brydon Carse plundered 80 not out, off 119 balls, which included 11 fours and two sixes, and he put on an unbroken stand of 161 runs.

Phillip Bell scored 54 not out, off 93 balls, which included six fours and two sixes, to win the game comfortably in the end.

All matches in both Readers Durham Cricket Leagues were postponed until the September 2, because of England’s involvement in the World Cup.