Debut for Ward in County opener

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DURHAM County begin preparations for the forthcoming Daily Telegraph Northern Counties season with their opening pre-season friendly on Sunday.

Captain Bryan Ross has handed a senior County debut to Heworth’s Paul Ward in a young Durham team to take on the Teesside Union at Seaton Carew.

Boldon have Gavin Nesbit and Rhys Thompson on board.

Durham also meet the Durham County Junior Golfing Society at Billingham on April 13 before facing Yorkshire at Fulford in the season-opening league match on May 10.

DURHAM: Andrew Wilson (Darlington), Stuart Brown (Castle Eden), Martin McCririck (South Shields), Rhys Thompson (Boldon), Chris Hewitt (Ramside), Chris Handy (South Moor), Gavin Nesbit (Boldon), Daniel Beeson (Tyneside), Sam Robinson (Tyneside), Kris Rae (Tyneside), Stephen Alexander (Eaglescliffe), Paul Ward (Heworth)