Aikens join up to bolster Murton

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MURTON hand debuts to the Aiken brothers, Matthew (bowler) and Lewis (batsman), in their Division Two double header this weekend.

The pair have moved from Seaham Harbour in search of more first-team opportunities.

With skipper Richard Lowes back at the helm, Murton expect to field the same side on both away days at Langley Park and Seaham Park.

Seaham Park just have the Murton match to contend with and they have Davey Hanson back on captaincy duty alongside the returning James and Thomas Ferguson, their only absentee being Tom Riches, who turned his ankle last week.

Whiteleas got a bit of a shock last at Ushaw Moor last time out, but they have the chance to resurrect their promotion campaign with games against the bottom two, Peterlee at home and Silksworth away.

Skipper Ray McRae tried to put the Moor setback in perspective, saying: “Last week was disappointing for everyone, but we can certainly take some positives. The toss was a really bad one to lose as the wicket was practically unplayable at times due to dampness and overcast conditions.

“However, we did well to recover from 42-7 to post 110 and at one stage it looked like we’d have a real chance of winning the game as Ushaw struggled at 46-5.

“The bowling, fielding and catching was superb and I’m adamant that if we’d scored 20 more runs we’d have won the game. This weekend is a real chance for us to pick up points to ensure that we stay within touching distance of the top two.”

Vice-captain Kris McShane returns to the fold, as does all-rounder Steve Martin, who aggravated a knee injury during a cup game, and Leas select the same team for Sunday’s trip to Silksworth, who make three changes with Paul Howe, Robbie Jones and Darren Stoker replacing Mike Underwood, Paul Bradford and Edward Wood.

Leaders Durham City host Silksworth on Saturday, and follow up with another home match on Sunday when they entertain Ryhope.

Chris Lawrence and Alex Catcherside are included in the Ryhope team, although Jack Tomlin plays in their first match of the double when they travel to Bill Quay, who have Davey Brown returning.