Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

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Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues Preview

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Byline: CHRIS WEST

CHAMPIONS Swalwell have obtained the services of Richard Hawthorne, who lives locally, after his transfer from Bishop Auckland in the NYSD League where he had opened the campaign for them with 145 runs and a five-wicket haul.

Hawthorne's registration will not be complete in time for the home clash with Leadgate today, but the title holders should otherwise be at full strength as they seek to take an early stranglehold on their rivals. Leadgate will be missing Davy Anderson and Paul Hutchinson with Dominic McCane and Paul Hockaday coming in.

Ashington go into their home match with Sacriston without the services of Ben Harmison who is on Durham duty - Martin Thewlis fills the gap in an otherwise unchanged line-up. It's same again for the visitors with Travis King fully fit after last week's cramp.

Kamran Mansoor steps into the Newcastle City side in place of Hamad Hussain for their game with Backworth. The newly-promoted side will be missing three players today as Chris Wilkin, Warwick Green and Simon Bradford are all unavailable. John Wilkinson and Paul Walker are two of the replace ments.

Ryton, buoyed by their thrilling opening-day success, travel to Benwell & Walbottle with Anil Rideegammanagedera poised to dry up scorers' pens everywhere. The Sri Lankan will make his debut, and Keith Morris also comes in with Peter Moore and Dean Henderson out.

Vice-captain Andrew Donnelly returns to the Annfield Plain team for the home match with Shotley Bridge. Plain 'pro' Lasith Fernando opens the batting with Kumar Sangakarra in his home country and is held in high regard. The Bridge will have to soldier on without their 'pro' - Zimbabwean Ed Rainsford hasn't arrived as yet.

In the final game of the day Lintz take on Tynedale with Michael Christie back in the side, Gary Johnson is away. …

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