Smith insists Philadelphia must find formula to finish teams off

Action from last week's clash between Washington CC and Burnmoor CC.
Action from last week's clash between Washington CC and Burnmoor CC.

Readers Durham Cricket League

Seaham Park are top of the Readers Durham Cricket League Division One after winning their first three games and they travel to Philadelphia, with a nine-point lead at the summit.

Michael McNicholas from the club said: “We are unchanged and at full strength for the game, for what will be another tough one.

“Our good start has been on the back of some excellent bowling from all our bowlers, who are gelling well as a unit.”

Philadelphia skipper Shaun Smith said: “We make one change as Mattie Noble is unavailable, so Gary Embleton, a medium pacer, has been brought into the side to bolster the attack.

“Gary bowled well in his only first-team outing on the opening day of the season and has looked good in the second team.”

Shaun added: “Since then. In three games so far – none of which were won – we had the opposition twice with eight wickets down and once with nine wickets back in the pavilion, so we need to try and finish teams off.”

Whiteleas and Harton are enjoying life in Division One and are unbeaten so far, and they welcome Durham City, just two places below them, to Low Lane.

Skipper Owen Peterson said: “We have made a fantastic start to the season and on the opening day we drew and have had two hard earned victories since, which has given us some well-deserved credibility following last seasons’ promotion.

“I am not surprised by the excellent start our side have made. We’ve got some very good cricketers at the club, who are high on confidence and thoroughly enjoying playing at this level.”

Owen added: “I’m a big believer in encouraging playing with no fear and our first three results have shown that.”

Castle Eden welcome Littletown to Parklands, while Dawdon host Esh Winning at Welfare Park.

Horden, without a win so far this season, are bottom of the league and they welcome Tudhoe to Park Lane and skipper Carl Watson said: “I don’t think they have had a good start either, but they’re a good side, so we’re expecting a tough game and we need to improve quickly.

“Lee Jackson is missing and will be replaced by Lewis Broom.”

Tudhoe Chairman Steven Thexton said: “At the moment both sides are under performing a little bit. We’ve both been relying heavily on the batting and we have some young players coming into the side, so hopefully this can progress.

“Ian Grainger and Edward Fenwick are out injured and will be replaced by Matthew Wilson and James Perry, plus we are still waiting for our professional, his work permit is still being processed.”

Bill Quay welcome Easington and the home side’s secretary Chris Little said: “It will be a difficult game, but they all are, we will do the best we can.

“Adam Bewick returns alongside Mark Cuskeran, so we are pretty much at full strength.”

In Division Two, Crook Town welcome Ryhope to Dawson Street and secretary Alan Stewart said: “Ryhope are usually a fairly tough side, but we have had a good start, so hopefully we can press on and get another win.”

Marsden travel to Hylton and only three points separate them near the top

Hylton are unchanged and secretary Liam Foster said: “It will be a tough game with Marsden near the top and ourselves unbeaten.”

Two teams near the bottom meet up at Langley Park, where they host Silksworth and visiting skipper Andy Barrass said: “We’re hoping to build and improve on our performance from last week, and pick up some more points.”

Ushaw Moor host Peterlee with the visitors at full strength.

Winless Boldon CA welcome Evenwood to New Road and need to get some momentum into their season.