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

KIMBLESWORTH are poised to take a gigantic step towards winning the Durham Senior League title at the first time of asking when they entertain Burnmoor this afternoon.

Their visitors represent the last major obstacle on the three game run-in, and with matches against teams in the bottom half of the table to follow Kimbles recognise that victory today would put them within touching distance of the championship.

They go into the game with just one absentee. Classy bat Michael Fishwick split his hand open a couple of weeks ago and it looks like that injury could have ended his season, but other than that the leaders are at full strength against third-placed Moor who have a few selection headaches to solve.

Master blaster Jimmy Daley missed last week, but it is hoped he will be back for the crucial game today, and there is a doubt over pro Mohammad Zahid. With Gary Brown and Michael Callaghan definitely missing Burnmoor delay final announcement of the side.

Boldon have the best chance of catching the leaders, but they face a tough game at local neighbours Whitburn. The good news for the reigning champions is that Nick Sampson-Barnes could make a surprise return to bolster the side, while in the opposite camp Neil Johnson is missing, although Craig Smith and Paul Cook return.

At the opposite end of the table just one point separates bottom club Philadelphia from Durham City. Phili have Sean Smith and David Craig back for the home game against Eppleton, while Mike Elliott returns for City who play at Norton.

A win today will secure the Durham County League title for Esh Winning. The league season ends with the final set of games on Monday, but with a 22-point lead to play with Esh needing just 19 more points to lift the crown.

They hope to crack open the bubbly at Tudhoe, where the home side will be missing West Indian Shawn Findlay, who returned home earlier in the week - John Darby comes in. Esh are at full strength, and if they don't wrap it up today they can have another go in their home game against Willington in two days time. …

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