NEW joint leaders Dawdon must do without Richard Ede when they visit Bill Quay in Division One on Saturday.
Ede is attending the wedding of one of his former Castle Eden team-mates, so all-rounder Tabs Shah steps up.
Quay have to make two enforced changes, with Chris Malley injured and Micky Orridge sidelined by work commitments. The Tynesiders bring in Peter Elwell and Mark Cuskeran as replacements.
Mainsforth, who began the season as one of the top tips for the title, have, like many, suffered badly at the hands of the weather, and they have now lost overseas professional Mohammad Nawaz, who has been called up into Pakistan’s development squad.
But they have moved swiftly to replace him, and while reticent to provide name details until such time as the visa procedures are complete, they do indicate that the new man, an opening batsman and bowler, is a 33-year-old Pakistani who has played 26 Test matches.
He is due in the North East next Thursday, but, in the meantime, Martin Lower, Stuart Ord and Gary Cummings all return to the starting line-up for the game at Horden on Saturday.
One overseas player who will definitely be playing this weekend is Aussie Ashley Chilcott, who will make his delayed debut for Philadelphia after arriving in the country last week.
That could spell trouble for Boldon CA, who host Phili, as they have suffered a poor start to a campaign they knew from the outset was going to prove difficult.
Hylton head to Easington, while Durham City host Crook and Castle Eden are away to Esh Winning.