A century from J Meade condemned Silksworth Cricket Club to an opening day defeat as Peterlee ran away with a 185 run victory.

Peterlee pro Meade hit a sensational knock of 110 before being bowled by Robbie Jones, while T Nicholson also scored well for Peterlee with 41. Jones took three wickets and Nazeer took four for Silksworth on what was a dismal opening fixture for the home side.

First team captain Andy Barrass had predicted a tough season prior to starting their campaign in Durham Cricket League’s second division, but even he hadn’t anticipated the poor performance his side put out.

Silksworth lost the toss and were sent out to bowl by Peterlee, who clearly felt they were capable of obtaining maximum points and set out with the intention of winning the game.

The home side actually started well, taking four wickets for 69 runs. Silksworth’s fielding practice in the off season had clearly payed off, despite a dropped catch from David Nunn.

The positive Silksworth start was short lived though after Meade made a quick fire 100, before the next wicket fell at 175 runs. Despite giving away so many runs, positive bowling spells from Nazeer, Jones and Stuart Middlemiss shone through.

Once Meade’s wicket fell, Peterlee were unable to post many more runs and finished on 226, leaving Silksworth going into tea with a big task ahead and a lot to think about.

Silksworth were in bat and opened with Ben Sims and Barrass, but it wasn’t long before both were out for fewer than five runs combined. Gary Mcavoy top scored with just 14 runs, including a huge six, while Middlemiss was five not out and looked good with some nice shots. Nunn was the last batsman out after attempting a big shot towards the corner of the ground.

Silksworth’s fixtures don’t come any easier with next Saturday’s game against local rivals Ryhope looking to be a tasty affair. Peterlee play away to Crook in their third game of the season.