Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

County Durham Leagues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

County Durham Leagues

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Byline: CHRIS WEST

FELLING have swept all before them in the Durham Senior League in recent weeks, but they face a real test of their credentials today when they visit a Horden team enjoying one of its best runs in years.

With two cup final appearances to come, and more league victories than any other side, Felling are in prime condition to meet the challenge of a side who have risen from the early season ashes to rack up four consecutive victories.

Chris Taylor is back to lead the Tynesiders, while the home club stick with the winning team formula.

Marsden have not won since mid-May, a sequence which has seen them slide perilously close to the relegation trapdoor. They are just five points above the bottom club and, with David Wills and Michael Gandy still unavailable, they show faith with the same side for their match at Eppleton, where their hosts will be missing prolific young batsman Kyle Davis.

Castle Eden are the team propping up the rest and they will not find any easy pickings today, even though they will enjoy home advantage against South Hetton. The visitors have lost just once this season - fewer than any other side - and will be a tough nut to crack.

John Davis is unavailable for Hetton, Daniel Stewart stands in.

Jimmy Daley and Barry Dews miss Burnmoor's trip to Norton, struggling Philadelphia take on leaders Boldon, and Neil Johnson returns after injury for Whitburn, who host a depleted Durham.

Two significant injuries grab the headlines in the Durham County League, with one affecting the big game of the day.

Fourth-placed Willington take on the might of Kimblesworth, but they do so without the services of key player Gary Cummings, who has been sidelined by a knee injury that could affect his whole season.

With Karl Brown also missing through work, the home team could have picked a better time to tackle the champions.

Over at Brandon, star bowler Scott Nattrass will be out for some time following a freak fielding accident in last week's game, when he collided with a teammate and ended up with several broken ribs and a punctured lung. …

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