Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues Round-Up

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Northumberland Leagues Round-Up

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Byline: CHRIS WEST

PERCY Main still don't know whether exalted professional Mohtashim Ali will be here in time to take part in this afternoon's Wellstream Northumberland & Tyneside Senior League match at Tynedale.

But even if he isn't the team will know they can live with that after their fantastic 'pro-less' start to the season has seen them move into joint leadership with Swalwell. And whatever the situation they will definitely have one new boy on parade in the shape of Ben Young, an opening bat just signed from Gateshead Fell.

Ryton, buoyed by their emphatic first win of the season last week, face up to their home game against Shotley Bridge without the services of Ben Harmison, who is at his sister's wedding. Graeme Rowell is also unavailable, but Keith Morris returns and Joe Harms, a legspinning all-rounder, is free from school commitments and will play..

The club are also in the process of signing ex-junior county player Atul Malhotra, although he will not be on board in time for today's game.

The Bridge show just one change, with skipper Neil Burdon returning in place of Rod Butler.

The good news for Sacriston fans is that Durham man Gordon Muchall is set to make his debut for the club today in their home game against Morpeth, and he comes into the side in place of Mark Fort. The away team had their confidence slightly dented by Ryton last week, but the return to the side of key players Chris Horner and Darren Leason will no doubt lift them.

They don't come much more important than the game at Benwell & Walbottle today, where Lintz are the visitors. The pair sank into the two relegation slots last weekend, and they remain the only two teams without a win to their name. Unless weather intervenes that will change for one of them, but for Lintz Anthony Ward is out, to be replaced by Trevor Wilson.

Annfield Plain have Durham Academy player Jonny Killeen available to them, as well as Andrew Donnelly, for their match with Leadgate. The visitors miss keeper Paul McCourt with an injured hand, Carl Peacock donning the gloves. Paul Hutchinson also returns to the squad.

In the final game, a full-strength Swalwell travel to Ashington, the Colliers having to do without batsman Greg Williams. …

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