Whiteleas and Harton CC face a daunting double header this weekend when they travel to Langley Park tomorrow, and then play host to Houghton on Sunday.
Leas are currently third, but the league is still wide open with just 15 points the difference within the top sixth.
Following their high-scoring draw against Ryhope last weekend, Owen Peterson’s side will be hoping to remain with the chasing pack by returning to winning ways.
With the season half at the half way stage, competition for the top two spots is fierce and Leas know that there is no margin for error if they are to maintain a challenge.
The challenge so far has been heavily dependant on the form of oversees player Abdul Ameer, who has impressed with both bat and ball.
Peterson has been quick to praise the Pakistani paceman saying, “Abdul has been a breath of fresh air for the club with his professionalism and attitude.
“He has taken 42 league wickets and is averaging just under 50 with the bat – which is remarkable when we are only halfway through the season.
“He’s a pleasure to have around the place and if his superb form continues, I’m sure we can have a good second half of the campaign.”
Another man in-form is all-rounder Rob Scorer, who misses the Langley Park game, but returns for the Houghton clash.
Youngsters Nathan Ullah and Alex Catcherside return for both games and there is also a place for Andrew Potts on Sunday, who replaces the unavailable Alex Thomas.
The Second XI will be hoping to continue their fantastic form as they welcome Langley Park (Saturday) and visit Hougton (Sunday).
Andrew Quinn misses both games, but Sid Corner Snr welcomes back all-rounder Navneet Singh.