Warmseal Durham Senior League preview

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TWO teams are in with the chance of a double cup final header against each other next month.

The semi-finals of the Warmseal Durham Senior League Cup are scheduled to be played tomorrow night and if results go a certain way, it will create a remarkable coincidence.

Last Friday, Eppleton and Boldon won through to the final of the ER Armbrister Memorial Trophy on July 8.

And if Eppleton win at Norton tomorrow and Boldon succeed at South Hetton, then the final on the July 10, will be between the same two sides.

And to make it even more unusual, this scenario would replicate the 2010 season, in which Felling and Norton met in both finals.

Boldon, who take their one-point lead at the top of the table to Horden on Saturday, are unchanged for both matches, while Eppleton will be missing Graham Hoban for the weekend, so Liam Mallaburn’s return from holiday is timely.

In one of the most unpredictable championship races for years, Eppleton are very handily placed in the table.

They lie fourth, but are just nine points adrift of Boldon and they have home advantage on Saturday against South Hetton.

It’s more or less back to normal for Castle Eden this weekend.

They were one of the few teams relatively happy about last week’s downpours as they were struggling to get out a strong side because of first-team skipper John Spellman’s wedding.

He will be the only one missing this week, no doubt basking on some sun-kissed shoreline while the his team fret about the weather again.

Richard McGlasham will captain Castle in his absence and second team ’keeper John Brown takes over behind the sticks for the match at Norton. Sri Lankan Jude Dinushan is expected to be fit to play.

Durham City, who seem to have suffered more than most at the hands of the weather in their last three matches, face a tough match against full-strength Kimblesworth.

Danielle Hazell won’t be available for this game as she has joined up with the England Women’s team for their T20 against Australia in Bristol.

City have promoted second team off-spinner Mark Rogers as a like-for-like replacement.

Burnmoor are delaying selection until the last minute for their home game with Whitburn as they are unsure about the availability of several players.

However, there are no such problems for the visitors, who are again unchanged.

Remarkably, Whitburn have only used 12 players in league games all season, a stability that should stand them in good stead as they challenge Boldon for top spot.

In Saturday’s other game, Felling take on Philadelphia, both sides desperate for the points that will ease the pressure near the foot of the table.

Phili have one in and one out, with Andrew Robinson returning in time to take Shaun Hauxwell’s place.

H The League’s representative side will have another go at playing their Wilkinson Cup match this Sunday.

They travelled all the way to Great Broughton last week to take on the Langbaurgh League, only for the heavens to open an hour before the start and wash the game out.