Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Cricket Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Cricket Leagues

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Byline: By Malcolm Pratt

Ashington start favourites to win for the seventh time in eight attempts when they visit bottom of the table Whickham in the Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League this afternoon.

The Colliers, 14 points behind leaders Tynedale, are happy to stay with an unchanged side, but Whickham, who have found it difficult since winning promotion last season, could show a couple of alterations.

Chris Davidson has returned from university and comes into contention, as does strike bowler Darren Stillwell.

Whickham are the only side yet to win having lost seven of their eight fixtures, while surprisingly Lintz are just one place above them with one victory to their credit.

They could again find the going difficult at champions Lanchester, who are unchanged, are confident of keeping the pressure on the two sides above them.

Swalwell too are too near the bottom for comfort after failing to make an anticipated impact in the championship race. In Stephen Humble they have one of the best local professionals around, but the side has gained just two successes in eight games. They visit Leadgate with the experienced Jimmy Smith and Harry Jackson lining up in place of the unavailable Michael Armstrong and Gavin Taylor, who drops into the Second XI.

Neil Burdon will keep wicket in place of the unavailable Ian Archbold for Shotley Bridge at Annfield Plain. Mark Smith and David Love resume for the Bridge who cannot call upon Michael Rourke or Lee Murray.

Annfield Plain could be without Gary Steadman through injury for another couple of weeks. Saqib Khan continues to deputise.

Tynedale, for whom Scott Kay is in magnificent form, will attempt to make it eight wins out of nine at home to Newcastle City who have so far failed to reproduce the consistency which took them into third position last season.

The Hexham side name David Pesarra and Dorian Hiles for Neil Clarke and Matthew Ridley, while City are pleased that wicket-keeper Vas Mukhtar has recovered from injury and he goes straight into the side in place of Sid Shah who drops into the Second XI. …

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