Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland League

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland League

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Newcastle City, who trail leaders Lanchester by just 13 points in the Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League are still challenging the deduction of 10 points made by the league earlier in the season. Four clubs including Sacriston, Swalwell and Kirkley were docked the points because they had not paid their subscription on time but the row rumbles on with Newcastle City anxious to have the deduction reinstated as they challenge for the title. Today, City host third top Tynedale and expect to field a strong line-up while the Hexham outfit show one change with Chris Darling taking over from David Pessara.

Lanchester too face a difficult test visiting fourth top Ashington but their chances of making it 11 wins in 15 outings are enhanced with return from injury of Tony Halliday, who replaces Ian Stewart.

Ashington have not given up hope of ending at the top and they are delighted that David Rutherford is sufficiently fit to bowl. He has played in recent games but only as a batsman. Michael Levison returns to the side and in the absence of Bruce Storey, Geoff Prudhoe will keep wicket.

Earlier in the season, Lintz were right up with the leaders but they have now dropped into the bottom half of the table. There problem has been an inability to field a reasonably strong side and at home to bottom-of-the-table Backworth they are still without injured pair Michael Christie and Ritchie Brewis. In addition, David Nevin cannot play.

Annfield Plain are third-bottom but, 49 points ahead of Ryton, look reasonably safe from the drop. They name an unchanged line-up at home to Leadgate who are also at full strength.

Leadgate, who recently appointed Zahid Umar as replacement professional for Sean Ackermann, are on the lookout for a new Pro for 2004. Anyone interested is asked to contact Jeff Shield on: 07813125305.

Sacriston are delighted that Harry Hubber, who has two centuries to his credit so far, has recovered from a broken finger to take his place in the line-up at home to unchanged Shotley Bridge. …

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