Durham Cricket League: Make of break time for struggling Hylton

Marlon Black bowls for Hylton in last week's clash with Horden

Marlon Black bowls for Hylton in last week's clash with Horden

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There are just five games left in the Division One season.

Esh Winning hold a 67-point lead over second-placed Dawdon, with Mainsforth seven further back in third but with q game in hand to complete against Horden on Bank Holiday Monday.

With the title race more or less done and dusted, the main focus is at the other end of the scale where Hylton know they have to take the maximum 30 points from their game at Boldon CA on Saturday if they are to have any chance of avoiding the drop.

Last week’s defeat at the hands of rivals Horden was a bitter blow, and left them 30 points shy of third-bottom Bill Quay, but the Boldon game should give them the opportunity to make up significant ground, particularly as the Quay will be facing league leaders Esh and won’t be expecting to take too much from that one.

With Boldon already relegated, it is likely they will follow their usual course of fielding if they win the toss, which then would allow Hylton to aim for a maximum.

They keep faith with the same team who lost to Horden, while Quay face their usual scenario of the returning Micky Orridge replacing Dave Newstead when they face an Esh team minus Paul Chivers.

Horden are not yet fully out of the mire, and they will be missing four key players when they go to Durham City. Skipper Carl Watson and Wayne Birks are at a stag do, while Connor Dickinson and Shaun Bradbury are also missing.

Adam Hall will keep wicket, while Scott Birks will take on the captaincy duties. City make two enforced changes, with Andrew Hutchinson and Will Jewitt in for Callum Steel and Dave Newsome.