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WEEK 10 of the league saw a night of surprises, with only four matches being won by the home sides. Eaglescliffe kept pace at the top of the first division with a 13-11 win at second placed Middlesbrough.

Game wins by Tom Smith, Julian Wynn, Iain Little, Will Skipp and Dennis Wing formed the basis of their score, the victory sealed with the points from three halved games.

Despite losing, Middlesbrough scored sufficient points to keep second place, though with a reduced lead over Bishop Auckland, who enjoyed a 14-10 win over Wynyard last time out.

Darlington defeated Hunley Hall 19-5 to move above them and out of the relegation place and Seaton Carew moved away from the relegation fight with a 14-10 home win over Richmond.

In the second division, Hartlepool matched Darlington's high score while denting Castle Eden's hopes of promotion.

The result saw Hartlepool join Billingham at the top of the league table thanks to the latter's 14-10 win at Blackwell Grange.

Most of Billingham's points were gained by scratch players, Brad Hildreth, Simon Jones, Austen Eagling and Richie Donnelly, with Josh Thompson halving with Paul Thompson for a 9-3 split.

Blackwell's handicap players took the majority of their points but not as decisively.

The other match in the division was also an away win, this time by the slenderest of margins for Middlesbrough Municipal at Dinsdale Spa.

Wins for Ian Pattison, Nick Sanderson and Dave Kynman, together with a half between Neil Harker-Bell and Steve Loughran, took the scratch points were 7-5 to Dinsdale.

But four wins for the Middlesbrough's handicap players turned the card around as they took the match 13-11.

There was also only one home win in the third division as Wilton beat leaders Teesside 16-8 to close to within seven points and join Barnard Castle in second place. The hosts marginally took the scratch points (7-5), but Nick Scott was Teesside's sole winner in the handicap section, with a further point from Tommy Breckon's half with Tony Pearce, as Wilton ran out winners.

Catterick continued their late season good form, following up last week's win with a share of the points against Saltburn.

Middlesbrough have at least one hand on the Seniors' League Division One trophy after a 10-3 home win over Hunley Hall.

The win saw Middlesbrough take a 13-point lead over second-placed Eaglescliffe with just two games remaining.

Eaglescliffe ended the night a point closer to the leaders with an 11-2 home victory over Ineos.

Billingham remain the only other team with a chance of the title following their 12-1 defeat of Catterick. They lie a further five points behind but with a game in hand.

Teesside moved five points clear of Blackwell Grange in the second division after a 10-4 win at Darlington. Elsewhere, Blackwell suffered a 7-6 loss when hosting Saltburn, while Hartlepool moved into third place courtesy of their 9-4 won over Dinsdale Spa, but are now too far behind to be in with a chance of the title.

The division could be decided next week when Blackwell Grange travel to Teesside.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jul 15, 2015
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