SUPER Seaton Carew outclassed neighbours Hartlepool in a derby win which should all but seal their Premier Division status.
The Seasiders demolished their closest and most fierce rivals by 72 runs at Hornby Park, where Sanjaya Rodrigo scored his maiden Seaton century before Danny Evans took 6-56 to bowl out Pool.
Seaton look safe in near mid-table and while Pool are 38 points above the relegation zone they still have work to do.
With drizzle in the air, Pool asked their hosts to bat first after winning the toss.
Rodrigo immediately put Seaton on the front foot with successive boundaries off opening bowler Adil Ahmad.
Runs came quickly during the opening 10 overs as Gareth Spence (12) and star man Rodrigo took the score past 40.
Spence would be the first wicket to fall shortly afterwards as he was bowled by Ahmad and David Braithwaite would fall for a duck in the next over as he was trapped LBW by Craig Symington, leaving the score on 51-2.
Rodrigo was joined at the crease by Paul Braithwaite (42) and the pair steadied the ship, taking the score over 100 and putting the home side in a strong position with 20 overs remaining.
The fall of two quick wickets slightly halted Carew’s progress on 150-4. Firstly, Braithwaite was caught at mid-on when trying to loft Marc Symington to the boundary and Stu Lobb (seven) was bowled by Mike Yuill.
Rodrigo moved past 50 and continued to play with freedom. Matthew Skirving was the next to join the pro and he would assist the Sri Lankan by scoring a brisk 32 to take the score past 200 before he was run out with three overs remaining.
The following over saw Rodrigo complete his century with a fine lofted on-drive for four to send a packed Hornby Park into raptures.
The opener hit eight fours and one six in his 130-ball knock of 104 which was the basis of Seaton’s imposing 232-6.
Evans thought he had Neil Coverdale caught behind at the start of the Pool reply but the umpire ruled he was not out.
Runs came freely in the first 10 overs as Coverdale and Liam Prosser played plenty of shots and moved the score beyond 50.
Prosser, fresh from a ton the previous Saturday, reached 34 before being bowled by an Evans slower ball.
Coverdale would follow shortly afterwards for 27 as he nicked an Evans delivery to second slip and was caught by Marty Skirving.
Seaton now had their tails up and sensed victory and 25 valuable points as wickets started to fall more regularly.
Evans continued to bowl with pace and aggression and was rewarded with 2 LBWs, firstly Jonathan Rickard for a duck and then Craig Symington for 12, leaving Hartlepool on 120-4.
Evans then removed Marc Symington for nought in the next over, and when James Johnson was caught behind by David Braithwaite for 31, victory seemed probable.
Rodrigo helped himself to a wicket as he had Adam Greenwell trapped LBW and Lobb chipped in with another LBW before Paul Braithwaite took the final two wickets.
Firstly he had Jake Richardson expertly caught behind by brother David, before David skilfully stumped Ahmad to give Seaton Carew an impressive and important victory.
An injured Alan Tebbett smashed some late runs, making the score look a bit more acceptable for Pool, but the Park Drive outfit are aware the display was not.
Tebbett was left undefeated on 29 as the final wicket fell, Pool succumbing for 160, well short of the target.
Seaton Carew: Rodrigo c Richardson b C Symington 104; Spence b Ahmad 12; D Braithwaite lbw Craig Symington 0; P Braithwaite ct Rickard b M Symington 43; S Lobb b Yuill 7; Matthew Skirving run out 32; Evans not out 7; Storey not out 2; Extras 25. Total (6 wkts) 232. Bowling: C Symington 12 2 65 2; Ahmad 8 1 31 1; Yuill 14 0 61 1; M Symington 16 4 59 2
Hartlepool: Coverdale c Martin Skirving b Evans 27; L Prosser b Evans 34; Johnston c D Braithwaite b Evans 31; Rickard lbw Evans 0; C Symington lbw Evans 12; M Symington c P Braithwaite b Evans 0; Greenwell lbw Rodrigo 5; Richardson c D Braithwaite b P Braithwaite 12; A Tebbett not out 29; Yuill lbw Lobb 0; Ahmad st D Braithwaite b P Braithwaite 4; Extras 6; Total (all out, 42.5 overs) 160. Bowling: Evans 16 1 56 6; Lobb 12 1 43 1; P Braithwaite 7.5 1 28 2; Rodrigo 5 0 21 1; Thomas 2 1 4 0