FOR some reason, Seaham Park’s new signing has opted for football this Saturday instead of Second Division cricket.
Quite why Steve Harper would want to be turning out at Wembley for Hull City rather than going to Shildon with the Park is anybody’s guess, but there it is!
Harper should make his debut next week, but, In the meantime, the loss of Dean Andrews for a month or so because of a hernia operation has been compensated for by the return of Thomas Ferguson from university.
Murton’s muted start is not being helped by the absence of three players this week. Richard Lowes, Ian King and Phil Grimwood are all tied up by work commitments, so Alan Welburn and James Watson go into the team alongside new signing Tariq Rashid, who is a wicketkeeper-batsman.
Murton entertain Ushaw Moor, who are bottom of the table, although having played one game less than most of the teams above them.
The top four teams are set to meet, with Durham City playing Langley Park and Whiteleas taking on Bill Quay.
Leas still have the vital game in hand over the other contenders, but, with last week’s washout holding them up, they will be keen to build on their impressive opening win when they field their best line-up against the Quay.
The visitors will be missing two key players in opening batsman Chris Little and opening bowler Mark Cuskeran, so they bring in Kevin South, who scored 70 last time out for the seconds, and promising young bowler Stuart Gray.
Ryhope’s Connor Cheal is on crutches after injuring his knee in some Saturday morning net practice last week, and he could be out for a while. Tom Lemon squeezes in on his return from a lads weekend away.
Derby visitors Silksworth have Paul Bradford and Darren Stoker back in harness to bolster a team who dominated for 75 per cent of their game at Langley Park last week before letting victory slip through their fingers.