NE Premier League: Three back as Burnmoor look to keep title dream alive at leaders Felling

Premier Division outfit Hetton Lyons CC. Back, from left Ben Whiteheasd,Chris Martin, Jonny Malkin, Edward Watson, Brian Fenwick. Front: Mahesh Rawat, Robert Talbot, Reece Wood, Jarvis Clay, Callan Salkeld, Cameron Grimwood. Picture by Stu Norton

Premier Division outfit Hetton Lyons CC. Back, from left Ben Whiteheasd,Chris Martin, Jonny Malkin, Edward Watson, Brian Fenwick. Front: Mahesh Rawat, Robert Talbot, Reece Wood, Jarvis Clay, Callan Salkeld, Cameron Grimwood. Picture by Stu Norton

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Burnmoor, who sit fourth in the First Division table, really need to win at Felling on Saturday to keep alive their slim chances of the title.

Moor welcome back Paul Craig, after the birth of his daughter, and Ross Hodgson, who had family commitments last week.

Daniel Unsworth also returns to the fold after his unavailability last week. Unfortunately, skipper Alec Linsley is out, but Ian Linsley, the club secretary, said: “It’s important to stay in touch with the leaders, as we feel the most important games are the last seven of the season.”

Sunderland face a tough test against Sacriston.

Sacriston are second in the league and unbeaten so far this season – and they will be looking to keep the pressure on leaders Felling, when they travel to Ashbrooke.

Sunderland are also desperate for points as they try to push clear of the relegation scrap.

The Ashbrooke team has been in reasonable form throughout June, with a win and two winning draws and will be looking for more of the same on Saturday.

Sacriston welcome back Craig Burke but lose Lewis Straughair, who is unavailable.

Captain Ian Jones said: “We are confident at the moment and playing well, however Sunderland have a reasonable squad and we need to be wary of them, but we also need to concentrate on our own game, to hopefully see us through.”

Willington, in third, travel to Boldon, who have Callum MacLeod available from his Durham duties, while Nick Sampson-Barnes returns from his holidays.

Zack Hemming is back for the away side and replaces Stephen Alderson, who is attending a wedding.

Anand Singh has been in terrific form of late, having scored 816 runs so far this season with an average of 51, and he will look to make the most of a great opportunity to put pressure on Felling this weekend.

At the bottom, it’s really tight with only 38 points separating the bottom six teams, with the league fixtures throwing up some interesting games.

Tudhoe, currently bottom, are at home to Mainsforth, who are strengthened by the return of Glenn Donaldson and Curtis Bihari, who has already scored 249 runs and taken 24 wickets this season, and is a welcome return.

Fourth-bottom Seaham Harbour entertain Washington, who climbed off the foot of the table last week, in a crucial game at New Drive.

The home side are nearly at full strength, with all-rounder Dylan Bacon and batsman Shaun McKenna both returning to improve the team, but they have Jack Lacey (holiday) and Andy Boal (work) unavailable.

Blaydon, celebrating their 125th year as a cricket club, and Brandon, who sit fifth and sixth-bottom respectively, meet at Denefield in an intriguing game.

Blaydon have skipper Geoff Stewart back from his recent back injury, having missed the last two games.