HYLTON hope for a change of luck this weekend, both on the field and with the weather, when they try yet again to kick-start their 3D Durham Coast League season.
Without a win so far, they lie third bottom with defeat at Easington last weekend being particularly hard to swallow given that even the elements seemed to conspire against them.
Skipper Kit Allan explained: “The day started badly when I lost the toss on a day when it was going to be a great one to win.
“The pitch was playable, but it was hardly distinguishable in colour from the rest of the square because of the amount of rain that all grounds have had to absorb in recent weeks. And, with the outfield saturated, it was hard work scoring runs, with normal boundary shots slowing up to become ones or twos instead.
“But, despite this, we made a really good start and were 51-0 before losing all 10 wickets for just another 33 runs to be 84 all out. It took Easington 29 overs to get the runs and the irony was that within 10 minutes of the end of the match the heavens opened.”
Hylton are at Ryhope on Saturday and have Adam Bewick and Gavin Barnes available again, although Liam Foster is missing.
Their hosts promote two promising 17-year-olds, with Scott Lawrence and Alex Catcheside stepping in for new father Andrew Scollen and the working Alan Dick.
The top three sides all have home fixtures.
Leaders Murton will be missing the Vout lads, with Jordan and Aidan away, with their replacements have yet to be named. Visitors Washington’s only change is the return of Steve King to take the place of Adam Hickey, who will be back with Durham Academy. Dad Darren Hickey is expected to be fit after another week’s enforced rest.
Alan Anderson and James Taylor return for second-top Seaham Park, but Uzair Afaq and Anthony Laidler miss out.
Visitors Silksworth must reckon without Mark Forster and Michael Waterson, although Chris Pringle and Craig Nield return from no doubt drier climes after completing their holidays.
Third-top Dawdon host Seaham Harbour in an attractive derby.
Dawdon skipper Stephen Gale will play despite his troublesome hand injury not being fully healed as yet. That puts his side at full strength, while Harbour are also expected to have their best side in the field with Stuart Lacey and Adam Fairley returning.
Paul Bentham plays his final game for Bill Quay on Saturday before emigrating to Australia, but, because he wants his final match to be on home ground, he is turning out for the seconds which makes it four missing from the Quay side which travels to unchanged Easington.
Peterlee face a selection dilemma, with five absentees to cover at Boldon CA. Among the replacements is 16-year-old Liam Chaytor, who is handed his first-team league debut.
CA’s only problem is who to leave out as Owen Gwyn, Brian Conlon and David Batty all return.