Peterson: Tough encounters show how far Whiteleas and Harton CC have come

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In the Durham Cricket League First Division, Whiteleas and Harton CC entertain Castle Eden tomorrow (1.30pm) in what is likely to be another tough encounter.

League newcomers Leas saw out a draw with one of the title favourites Philadelphia last week.

The visitors made an impressive start to their campaign last Saturday, missing out on victory by one wicket against another title favourite, Horden.

It will be the first time the East Durham based outfit have made the trip to Harton Welfare as the club’s have only met once before, during the 2013 campaign at Castle Eden when the DCL was a 26 team set-up.

Leas Chairman Gavin Peterson is delighted that the club can welcome such opposition following their rapid rise over the last six years.

Peterson said: “It’s fantastic that we are competing against well established clubs like Philadelphia and Castle Eden in league fixtures.

“It really shows how far we’ve come collectively as a cricket club. We’ve got no expectations this season other than to enjoy every game and give it our best shot.”

Peterson’s younger brother and first team captain Owen, is missing two key players tomorrow, with opening batsman Andrew Potts and Rob Scorer unavailable.

The ever reliable Scorer is part of the Westoe Rugby club side playing in their play-off final.

The positive news is that vice captain and wicket keeper Scott Oliver returns.

The second XI, led by Sid Corner Snr, get their season underway with a visit to Castle Eden.