An unbeaten 48 from John Oswell saw Sunderland’s indoor cricketers stun Durham’s first team with a two wicket win at Chester-le-Street.

Come the summer, the Wearsiders will line up five divisions below their MCCU grade opponents but pulled off the most remarkable victory of the day’s BUCS action.

Sunderland won the toss and skipper Sam Sanderson elected to bowl, his side looking to restrict to a total around the 12o mark.

It was a steady start but the underdogs were unable to take early wickets, Durhams top three retiring and ready to come back in for a late order acceleration.

But, an exceptional spell of off spin bowling from Luke Smith prevented this. The debutant took 2-22 to restrict Durham’s total to 112.

This looked below par, but would still be a tough challenge, as Sunderland faced an attack that had both pace and experience.

Their chase got off to a dreadful start, Ben Sims run out without facing a ball, and Sanderson following shortly after for four.

Oswell and Smith rebuilt the innings, before the former was forced to retire at 25. This sparked another mini-collapse as Dom Wilkinson was run out for a duck, and David Smith was out the same way for two.

This brought Oswell back in, and he let loose. Durham were unable to stop the wicket keeper’s powerful striking as he saw his side home with an over to spare.

He was well supported by Luke Smith, who made an unbeaten 23, and was able to rotate the strike with immense calmness.

The result will have turned heads in the division, and Sunderland next return to the Riverside on November 18 when they will face Edinburgh thirds.