Chester-le-Street and South Northumberland are hopeful Dukes ECB North East Premier League can beat the rain this weekend

Durham Academy batsman James Thompson survived this appeal for LBW from the Sunderland team during last week's action.
Durham Academy batsman James Thompson survived this appeal for LBW from the Sunderland team during last week's action.
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AFTER last week’s virtual washout, clubs will have another go at kick-starting their season on Saturday, although the weather forecast looks ominous once more.

The undoubted game of the day is the clash at Roseworth Terrace between champions South Northumberland and their great rivals, Chester-le-Street.

The two clubs have dominated for almost a decade and the strength of their squads suggest they will be the front-runners again.

South North struggled manfully to try to defeat the elements last weekend, squeezing 26 overs of play when others had given up the ghost, and no doubt every effort will go into giving themselves the best chance of playing against the Cestrians in one of the showpiece league matches in the calendar.

Chester are still carrying injuries, with Gary Scott not likely to appear until early June following a shoulder operation, and Simon Birtwisle also sidelined by a similar problem, although he is expected to be fit within a couple of weeks. Read Chris West’s full review of the weekend’s local cricket in today’s Echo.