Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lowe Stays Confident Ahead of Marske Clash

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lowe Stays Confident Ahead of Marske Clash

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Byline: STEVE CLARKE

MIDDLESBROUGH journey to Windy Hill Lane to play Marske tomorrow, and skipper James Lowe is in confident mood ahead of the game.

He said: "We have made a positive start to the season and are third in the league. Our aim was to improve this season, mainly in the bowling department, and we will do that in this campaign.

"It will be a very tough game, but Richard Knaggs and Sam Gaudie both return to the team, with Matthew Bell missing out."

Marske skipper Lee Hodgson said of the team's performance last week against Barnard Castle: "As a group, we were very disappointed with last week's batting display, but that's in the past now and we move forward on to Middlesbrough, who have started well this season."

He added: "We will make two changes for the game, with John Mains coming in for the injured Jonathan Pickard and Craig Gratton comes in for Jack English." Guisborough host Norton at Rectory Lane and the visitors have taken just two points from their first two games. Director of cricket Chris Nicholls, said: "We have Nick Hood, Tom Gittins and Owen Tennant all coming in for Hayden Bowman, Dan Bowman and Stephen Turner."

Chris added: "Following our win against Marton in the Kerridge Cup on Monday, we are really looking forward to the game. We need to be a bit more consistent with the bat and ball, but we feel like we have picked up where we left off from the end of last season."

Stokesley are in second place and travel to Hartlepool, who have only accumulated seven points so far this season.

Secretary Mark Smith said: "James Weighell will probably miss the game due to his Durham commitments and we are hoping to maintain our good start to the season, with another solid performance from the team."

Hartlepool's Michael Gough said: "Jimmy Ward will be making his league debut, now he is free from his football commitments at Stockton Town FC.

"Another debutant will be 16-year-old Josh Vaughan, an allrounder who has progressed through the junior teams. …

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