Whitburn and South Shields lock horns this weekend at The Village Ground in an eagerly anticipated derby when they go head-to-head in the Dukes North East Premier League Premier Division.
The Villagers make a change. Batsman Gary Burlinson returns from holiday and replaces Dan Quinan, who returns to the second team.
Paul Shields keeps his place in the team.
Chester-le-Street welcome Durham Cricket Academy to Ropery Lane and John Windows, the Academy manager, stated: “The team is the same as last week after a good display, so the team deserves another go at building a strong unit.
“All sections of the team are performing well, so confidence improves with each fixture.
“Chester are a good test for the Academy youngsters to test themselves and they are anticipating a good match.”
Chester skipper John Coxon said: “We have Liam Simpson missing and Matthew Cranston and youngster Ollie Barrett will be in contention for places.
“It was disappointing that the rain intervened at Benwell Hill last weekend, as we were in a strong position to win the game and make up some ground on South North.
“As for the Academy, they have a lot of talent and can beat anybody on their day, but we are looking forward to the game.”
Hetton Lyons entertain Benwell Hill at Lilywhite Terrace and visiting skipper Kyle Coetzer remarked: “Hetton Lyons are always strong and a determined team and can beat anyone on their day and their result at South North last week backed this up, so we will need to be on our best form.
“However, we are at full strength and looking forward to the game.”
Eppleton, in fifth position, welcome sixth-top Tynemouth to Church Road.
Chairman Jeff Park said: We have a doubt over Tyler Easton, as he may struggle with a dislocated finger.
“We are looking forward to the game and everyone at the club is delighted that we are competing much better this season.”
Newcastle welcome Stockton to Osborne Avenue, while bottom club Felling host leaders South North at High Heworth Lane.
First Division leaders Brandon and close rivals Willington, who are in fourth position meet up at Brandon Lane.
Sacriston in second place, welcome bottom club Seaham Harbour to Front Street.
Boldon are joint second and travel to Mainsforth. Chairman Peter Crane said: “We are playing well, particularly Paul Leonard with his bowling. We are playing good cricket throughout the team and the lads are enjoying it.”
Burnmoor travel to Gateshead Fell to play at Eastwood Gardens., with home skipper Thomas Pinkney saying: “Andrew Porter returns after two weeks out and Michael Elliott is back from his holiday.
“However, Graham Onions is still unavailable and Richard Steele and Michael Dicks are not available, due to work commitments.”
Burnopfield travel to Ashbrooke to play Sunderland and skipper Gareth Breese said: “Laurence Wood is out with a dislocated finger and he is replaced by Mathew Oswell who is a first change bowler.”
Washington, on the back of a nine-wicket win at Seaham Harbour last Saturday, entertain Blaydon at Vigo Lane. The visitors are yet to win a game, although they have drawn three of their seven games and are just above the relegation trap door.