Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham League Preview

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham League Preview

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Byline: By Malcolm Pratt

Hetton Lyons, with ambitions of joining the Fosters ECB North East Regional Premier League, are again expected to challenge Burnmoor for the Fosters Durham Senior League.

The Lyons, who host Felling today, did not re-engage South African Gerry Strydom, the League's top run-maker last season with 952 at 68.

Burnmoor have suffered a blow as they attempt to retain the crown. Last weekend, South African Nigel Brouwers found that he could not, after all, fulfil his contract.

Immediately, Moors snapped up the experienced Chris Ellison who has played a number of years in the League with Whitburn and Boldon. The former Durham County all-rounder Paul Burn has announced his retirement.

Burnmoor's first fixture is at South Shields who look much stronger with the signing of Michael Fishwick who was a prolific scorer with Kimblesworth and Durham City. Australia Lindsay Cullen, together with David Robson from Chester-le-Street and Jon Schofield (Tynemouth) are other newcomers.

Boldon failed to clinch the championship by a whisker and with West Indian Olanzo Jackson back for a second season, will be among the front runners. Last year Jackson struck 714 runs and was the leading wicket taker with 63 victims.

Whitburn provide the opposition to Boldon in today's local derby. They have signed John Dunn from South Shields to bolster the attack.

Marsden have lost Graeme Fox to Boldon but Simon Curtis and Rob Lawrence, who are at university, have moved in ahead of the visit to unchanged Durham City who were last season's runners-up.

A blow to Eppleton's chances is the departure of Shaun Birbeck but a tremendous boost is the reappearance of the former Durham County player Jimmy Daley, who could well be one of the top scorers. Eppleton have also signed Sean Izzard while visitors South Hetton have the experienced Ashok Patel and Darren McKitterick in their squad. …

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