Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: COUNTY DURHAM LEAGUES PREVIEW

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cricket: COUNTY DURHAM LEAGUES PREVIEW

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Byline: CHRIS WEST

IN today's Warmseal Durham Senior League programme the top four go head to head with both title contenders facing real tests of their championship credentials as Burnmoor entertain old rivals Whitburn, and Hetton Lyons travel to take on triple Armbrister winners Boldon.

While Whitburn have not been pulling up any trees this season they have only lost one match and have the capability to beat anyone on their day. Ross Carty returns to take up his keeping duties again for the visitors while Burnmoor expect to be at full strength. In the other game both Boldon and Lyons will be unchanged, Durham City entertain Philadelphia with the visitors having a new captain at the helm. Andrew Robinson has resigned as Phili skipper through work commitments and vice-captain Graham Hoban has agreed to take over until the end of the season. Connor Cheal comes into the side for the trip to City.

Stephen McCoy returns to pick up the reins of captaincy at Horden after a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury that was initially feared would keep him out for most of the season. McCoy will lead his team out at Felling who have amazed themselves by being able to name the same team for the third week in succession.

Eppleto n bring in young spin bowler Michael Brazier for their match at South Hetton. Brazier has been in the army and having just returned to the area he is pitched straight into the fray against a side desperate for points. Connor Elliott and Paul Hobson go into the Marsden team to entertain Seaham Harbour.

There will be a second attempt to play the Readers Durham County League Hunter Cummings Memorial Trophy final tomorrow when hopefully the weather will relent and allow Shildon Railway and Evenwood to complete the prestigious game.

Hosts Shildon will go into the match as slight favourites by dint of their higher league placing and home advantage, but they will still have to do without the services of influential skipper Phil Timmens.

Evenwood's only doubt is over Lee Forster's fitness - other than that they will be at full strength as they attempt to improve on their outstanding cup record of recent years. …

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