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Northern champions Yorkshire launched their Under 20 County Championship campaign in emphatic style when they defeated Cheshire 36-13 at New Brighton yesterday (Sunday, January 24).

Also enjoying opening day successes were Durham, who beat Cumbria 45-35 at Gateshead, and Lancashire, who claimed a useful 15-3 win over Northumberland at Northern RFC.

Yorkshire scored five tries in their win on the Wirral, with hooker Ben Morrel (Old Brodleians) claiming a brace in a Man of the Match display.

He opened the scoring after a 40-yard gallop, captain and centre Tom Davidson (Bradford & Bingley) added the conversion and a penalty before half time for Yorkshire to lead 10-7 at the break after a smart try by the home side.

Morrell's second try after good approach work enabled Yorkshire to pulled clear and they added tries by full-back William Du'Randt (Sheffield Tigers), replacement No 8 Laurie Pearce (Hull) and lock Alex Reider (Leeds Carnegie), Davidson taking his conversion tally to four.

Cheshire responded with a brace of second-half penalties as the game lost some of its shape in the last quarter.

"It wasn't a classic, there were too many errors and dropped passes," said Yorkshire Team Manager Keith Dyas: "It was probably to be expected after the lay-off, but we managed a win and identified a few things that we need to work on."

Durham opened their season at Gateshead against Cumbria with a fine 45-35 victory which will put them in good heart for their next game against Cheshire at Lymm on February 7.

Cumbria opened the scoring with a charge down try by Chris Harris which was converted by Mark Ireland, but Durham regrouped and after sustained effort by the forwards, prop forward Mohammed Mustafa crossed to open the home side's account, fly half Angus Tester adding the conversion.

Tester increased the lead with a try as Durham dominated the first half, Mustafa adding a second try, again converted by Tester, before centre Tom Shiel added the fourth try converted by scrum half Lewis Groves.

The visitors scored their second try through Sandy Kerridge and Mark Ireland converted to leave his side 26-14 adrift at half-time.

Flanker Tom Beaumont added Durham's fifth try, the conversion being added by Durham University's Sam Boughton, but shortly after the re-start, Durham were caught napping by Cumbria's quick throw in at the line-out which led to their third try scored by John Bowman which was converted by Ireland.

The second half was more even, Horden prop Andrew Rollins scored another Durham try, Boughton converting, before Middlesbrough's Michael Thorburn scored Durham's final try.

Durham allowed Cumbria back into the game, who scored a fourth try by Bowman which he converted, and a final try by Joe Mallinson which was converted by Mark Ireland to make the final score 45 - 35.

Fixtures: February 7 - Cumbria v Lancashire at Carlisle RFC, Cheshire v Durham at Lymm RFC, Yorkshire v Northumberland at Driffield RFC

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