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Draw as hopefuls go head to head; DURHAM LEAGUE.

WITH the second half of the season now under way, the race for promotion from Division Two is beginning to hot up, and two of the sides aiming to go up, Bill Quay and Seaham Park, went head to head on Saturday.

Ultimately the game ended in a stalemate, but it was far from a tame affair, as Quay skipper Jeff Tudor explained: "Seaham batted first and, although we bowled quite tidily, we never really got on top of them, and with a couple of their lads making half-centuries they racked up a decent score.

"Their decision to bat out the full 50 overs actually turned out to be a wise one in the end, and their final total of 211-8 meant we were going to have to bat well to get anywhere near winning."

But Quay were in for a shock as the run chase began: "In actual fact, we got off to a pretty disastrous start, losing our first three wickets for only 10 runs," said Tudor.

"Our pro Anoop Pai (55) and Berwick Hall (40) then pulled things round for us and kept us in the hunt, and as the run rate never got over six an over we always felt in with a chance.

"Mickey Orridge hit a quickfire 51 and we definitely looked favourites whilst he was going well.

"But as we all know you're only ever a couple of wickets away from turning a match around, and unfortunately we lost two in two balls with about five overs to go with 30 runs still wanted and only one wicket left. At that stage all three results were possible and we got down to the last over needing five runs.

"Ali Watson bowled an excellent final over for them and our batsmen managed to see it out for a draw."

The result was enough to move Quay into a promotion place.

The top two teams continued their game of musical chairs with Burnmoor returning to pole position after a win over Mainsforth.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2014
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