Durham Cricket League: Sutherland rewarded with call-up for Division Two table-toppers Seaham Park

Durham League newcomers Houghton are enduring a tough time, but they remain positive. Back, from left: Matthew Lovett, Martin Gill, Nick Lawson, Liam Chayto Ross Bainbridge. Front: Des Pratt, Adam Thompson, Jon Barron, Roy Hardwick, Lee Bunting, Gavin Keen Picture: DAVID WOOD
Durham League newcomers Houghton are enduring a tough time, but they remain positive. Back, from left: Matthew Lovett, Martin Gill, Nick Lawson, Liam Chayto Ross Bainbridge. Front: Des Pratt, Adam Thompson, Jon Barron, Roy Hardwick, Lee Bunting, Gavin Keen Picture: DAVID WOOD
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It wasn’t too shabby a weekend for Seaham Park – the runaway Division Two leaders had only one game to play whilst their rivals were getting in two last Saturday and Sunday.

Park started with a 61-point lead over second-placed Burnopfield, and they ended with a 55-point lead over the same side, but now with a game in hand.

As the saying goes ... the title is theirs to lose.

This Saturday, they go to Whiteleas, who resurrected their own hopes of claiming the second promotion spot with two convincing victories to move to within 27 points of Burnopfield. Park have a few gaps to fill for this one, though, with James and Thomas Ferguson attending a wedding and John Sample on holiday.

Ian Cassop comes in after working last week, Mick Evans plays his first league game after only previously being available for cup ties, and Darren Sutherland gets a chance after some impressive displays for the second team.

Ryhope have gone five games without a win, lacklustre form which has seen their promotion challenge fade a little. They now have 17 points to make up on Burnopfield and have little option but to go for broke when they entertain struggling neighbours Silksworth.

The home team make one change with Mickey Thorpe available again, however Silksworth are boosted by the return of five players, with Adam Fairley now recovered from a split webbing on his hand, and Paul Bradford, Gary McAvoy, Paul Howe and David Nunn all set to return.

Houghton head to Littletown in an intriguing clash, while Murton have a week off.

Marsden enjoyed a double success last week that reignited their promotion ambitions.

They should be able to enhance their prospects when they play Langley Park, who have lost 12 of their 14 matches this season. While in-form all-rounder Nick Quinn, who has taken 15 wickets and scored three half-centuries since his return to cricket, is unavailable, but they have the comfort of including the returning Paul Snaith, Colin Mann and Paul Hobson.