Whiteleas Leas ready for two finals and a league clash with Dawdon

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Whiteleas and Harton CC have an action packed weekend with a league game at home to Dawdon tomorrow (1.30pm) followed by two finals on Sunday.

In the league, Whiteleas have drawn their last five outings, demonstrating how hard they are to beat, but without a win in the second half of the campaign they have slipped below mid-table.

Tomorrow’s visitors sit second bottom, but will be buoyed by their impressive victory over Horden last Saturday.

Skipper Owen Peterson is hoping to return to winning ways, but is without key batsmen Dev Sudhir for the remainder of the season.

Sudhir, who has amassed 430 league runs with an average of 31, has returned home following completion of his studies.

With Scott Oliver and Andrew Potts unavailable, Whiteleas have a wicket keeper crisis and it is expected that youngster Sam Ingamells with make his debut.

Bowlers David Arrowsmith and Peter Sowden retain their places.

The second XI visit Dawdon and will be hoping to bounce back from their defeat at Easington last time out. Sid Corner Snr welcomes back Iain Jones and Alan Beadle.

The club will be represented in two finals on Sunday, a feat which chairman Gavin Peterson deems remarkable.

Peterson said: “We have qualified for the league F15 competition by winning five group games and a quarter-final.

“Unfortunately, it falls on the same day as the Hedworth Williamson finals day at Whitburn CC, and despite our efforts to change one of the dates, both have been set.

“The Hedworth Williamson also has two other local teams in Boldon CC and South Shields, therefore fantastic for the area.

“We will send a team to each event and it really is testament to the outstanding season the club has had.

“It’s been demanding this year due to being promoted and I’m over the moon that 22 of our players, including some youngsters, will experience finals days.”

Leas play neighbours Boldon CC in the first semi-final of the Hedworth Williamson, with Shields fighting it out with Hetton Lyons in the other.

The F15 sees a clash against Philadelphia on the first semi-final, with hosts Tudhoe playing Durham City in the other.