Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Leagues

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The curtain comes down today on the Durham Senior League programme and it is too close to call in the race for the championship.

Burnmoor edged ahead of Boldon on Monday but just a couple of points separate the pair in what has developed into the closest race for some years.

If the form book is any guide, Burnmoor have the more difficult task in visiting South Hetton, but Boldon will still be wary, even though their final game is against second-from-bottom Seaham Harbour.

"For the first time this year, the ball is in our own court. Quite simply, if we defeat South Hetton then we will be crowned champions, but it will be no easy task. They have played well recently and will take some beating," declared Burnmoor captain John Tindale, who is delighted that the former Durham County all-rounder Paul Burn can play.

South Hetton, in with a chance of finishing fourth, anticipate fielding their first choice line-up.

A boost to Boldon, who were within one wicket of winning against Eppleton on Monday, is the availability of paceman Gareth Smith, who has played an integral role in a balanced attack this season.

Success today at Seaham Harbour could well depend on his form and that of West Indian professional Orlanzo Jackson, who has taken more than 50 wickets with his spin.

Seaham Harbour have avoided the wooden spoon and they are stronger this afternoon with the inclusion of Stephen Sennett and Adam Young, who take over from Alan Cook junior and Ryan James. Skipper David Thompson will, no doubt, be hoping for more of the same from Graham Thorpe, who was in excellent form last weekend.

Hetton Lyons have missed out on the championship and promotion to the Fosters ECB North-East Regional Premier League. They were the only side to apply but a requirement was for them to clinch the title and the best they can now hope for is third place. …

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