Former South Shields bowler Jonny Wightman has a milestone on the horizon – and he could reach it against his old club this weekend.
Now playing for South Northumberland, Wightman and his Bulls team-mates make the trip to Wood Terrace tomorrow for a NEPL Premier Division clash.
South North skipper Adam Cragg said: “We hope to maintain our momentum having got maximum points last week with a solid all round performance.
“Stephen Humble got his 500th wicket and Jonny now has 299 to date and hopes to crack the 300 mark this weekend.”
South Northumberland also have Michael Craig back, as he has now finished his rugby season and is available and the remainder of the team is unchanged from last week.
Shields will be looking to put a terrible season-opener to the back of their minds. They lost by 10 wickets against Hetton Lyons last weekend.
Shields were bowled out for just 126, with skipper Chris Rainbow the only batsman to trouble the scorers as he made made 50 not out off 127 balls, with a grinding innings which included six fours.
Rainbow will be looking for support from the rest of his team-mates against one of the title favourites, but a Shields batting line-up shorn of Gordon Muchall – playing in the First Division for Brandon this campaign – looks a lot weaker.
Whitburn entertain Hetton Lyons on the back of an excellent battling draw against Chester-le-Street last weekend.
Ross Carty top scored with 50 to help stave off the threat of a Cestrians victory.
Captain Dan Shurben said: “We have had a decent start against Chester-le-Street.
“Hetton Lyons had a good win last weekend, so we are just looking for a good performance and result.
“Mark Elliott is out with a broken finger and will be replaced by Dan Quinan. Kieran Waterson is also out and will be replaced by Craig Henderson.”
Hetton Lyons skipper Jarvis Clay stated: “Dominic Thomson from Australia is flying in this week and should take his place in the top order, probably at No 3.
“Chris Martin is missing due to having an operation, but Adam Shaw is back in the first team, as a top order batsman. We hope to maintain the momentum after the first fixture last week, a win by 10 wickets.”
Meanwhile, in the First Division, Boldon entertain Burnmoor.
Last weekend, Boldon drew with Brandon, who amassed 303-4 declared when batting first. Boldon replied with 233-6, with Umar Waheed hitting 67 and Ian Patterson 68.
The South Tynesiders’ skipper Chris Ellison is hopeful of a good performance to build on that decent opener.
He said: “We’re two of the better teams playing each other, so if we can get a good result that’ll be good.
“We have the same team as last week, however Barry McCarthy from Durham will play his first game, and Philip Shakespeare is available after injury.”
Burnmoor secretary Ian Linsley said: “Boldon had a very good performance last Saturday, so we’re expecting a tough game.”