Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

County Durham Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

County Durham Leagues

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THE run-in for the Warmseal Durham Senior League championship begins in earnest today as four teams battle it out for the ultimate honour, writes CHRIS WEST. Leading the pack are Burnmoor, who look to have the easiest fixture on paper when they entertain second from bottom Marsden. Jimmy Daley, who now misses one match every other week because of work, is a key absentee for the champions, but Ian Conn is back from holiday and Mark Blunt is set to make his seasonal debut after recovering from long-term injury.

The match of the day is arguably at Eppleton, where the fifth-placed home side entertain joint second Whitburn. Eppleton are flying at the moment, having won eight games on the trot in all competitions. One of their main driving forces has been teenage batting sensation Kyle Davis, who remarkably racked up 474 runs for his club and Durham Under-17s in the space of six days last week.

But Whitburn have the scent of the championship in their nostrils, and three comprehensive and consecutive league wins have marked them out as the team to watch, particularly with all players now fit and firing.

There is an intriguing little encounter at Bunker Hill today, with the possible return of the former Philadelphia skipper David Naunton and Stephen Errington to the club they left just a few weeks ago. However, Errington is a doubt for Hetton Lyons because of a thigh strain.

The remaining team in the leading quartet, Boldon, travel to take on an unchanged Durham City, while in the remaining matches a depleted Seaham Harbour entertain a South Hetton side that includes Martin Stephenson, and there are no changes for home team Felling as they tackle Horden, for whom Graham Smith is back.

The D & A Sports 20/20 League cup finals day takes place at Eppleton tomorrow - Hetton Lyons, Marsden, Eppleton and South Hetton are the four competing sides with the fun beginning at 11am. Esh Winning, still smarting from last Sunday's Readers Durham County League cup final defeat by Tudhoe, hope to have 'pro' Yasim Murtaza fit again. …

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