An unbeaten 95-run partnership between Scott Lawrence and Paul Jenkin saw Ryhope comfortably beat Silksworth by eight wickets.

It is Silksworth’s second heavy defeat of the season in Durham Cricket League Division Two, despite a much-improved performance from their first week drubbing by Peterlee.

After winning the toss Ryhope put the home side in on a soft wicket that helped the bowlers throughout.

Matthew Jane and Sagar Udeshi took two wickets each as the hosts slumped to 34-5, before a 70-run stand between Michael Waterson and Paul Brigham steadied the ship.

Waterson looked in top form, unleashing a host of sweetly timed drives as he struck 78 off just 51 balls, and Brigham dug in to see off Udeshi, Ryhope’s overseas professional.

However, the tail failed to wag as the last four wickets went for just 14 runs as Josh Dick took 3-10.

A total of 135 looked well below par, but Silksworth’s bowlers would have been keen to bowl on a pitch that displayed some uneven bounce.

And they looked to be well in the contest as Robbie Jones took two early wickets to reduce the visitors to 41-2, before Jenkin and Lawrence combined to see them home.

Both men took their time to get going, but didn’t offer a chance as they built the crucial partnership.

Next week, Silksworth travel to fellow strugglers Langley Park, while Ryhope are away to top of the league Crook.