Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Leagues

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At one time, Durham City were the doyens of the Federation Special Durham Senior League but in recent seasons they have fallen on hard times.

Brian Stone, 47, was brought out of semi-retirement to lead the team and he is determined to bring about an improvement.

So far he has chalked up two wins in seven attempts. "I really feel that everybody is pulling together. It will take time but we will get there," he said.

Today, Durham City face a huge challenge against newly installed leaders Hetton Lyons. Paul Price and Nick Howe are both absent so Tom Ellis ( who scored a century for the second XI last weekend ( and Phil Hands are drafted into the line-up.

Hetton Lyons, whose South African professional Gerry Strydom is in fine form with the bat, welcome the return of Graeme Martina and Tommy Nixon, who replaced Keith Ibinson and Graeme Davey.

Burnmoor, who lost on home soil for the first time in four years when they went down to Hetton Lyons last Saturday, have Horden as visitors with just eight points separating them near the top.

Graham Stoker for Mark Robson is their only alteration while Horden are pleased that Stephen McCoy can play.

Eppleton have run into form and will be confident of securing their fourth win at the expense of bottom-of-the-table Seaham Harbour. A boost to their chances is the availability of the former Durham County player Jimmy Daley. Umar Akhtar is also named by Eppleton, while Seaham Harbour include Stephen Sennett and Paul Snaith but regular Neville Gustard is unavailable.

Marsden will be hoping their batsmen show better form following two disappointing performances last weekend. Even so, they keep faith with the same line up at home to second-bottom Felling.

South Shields line up Greg Marshall for Chris Nicholl in the local derby with Whitburn at Wood Terrace, while Boldon go to South Hetton with the returning Jamie Priestley coming in for Oliver Douthwaite. …

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