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Can anyone stop Stockton's surge?
Stockton may be just be a couple of victories away from being crowned champions after opening up a formidable 84-point lead at the top.
There are just seven games remaining of a remarkable summer for the Teesside club, and they begin the run in with a home game against Hetton Lyons, a team they have not yet played. The first meeting between was set for May 18, when all North-East cricket was wiped out by the weather.
That was about the only bleak day suffered by the high-flyers, and they look like being at full strength for this latest stage, save for one player.
Barnard Castle product Josh Bousfield, who now plays for Stockton, will possibly be turning out on a slightly bigger stage than Grangefield as the former England under 15 captain is on 12th man duties for England in the Test.
The Lyons won't be at their strongest. Gary Scott is carrying a knee injury and is doubtful, Steven Errington has a groin problem, while star performer Ryan Pringle is on Durham duty. Jonny Malkin and Martin Stephenson return after holiday.
At the other end of the table, South Shields take on Gateshead Fell with both fighting for their Premier Division lives.
The teams are more than 100 points adrift at the foot of the table, with Shields holding a wafer-thin three point advantage over the Fell, and relegation awaiting the team that ends up bottom.
The return of skipper Matty Muchall to the home dressing room provides a boost to Shields, although Gordon Muchall is unlikely to feature given his Durham commitments, while Gateshead make one change with David Daley in for Cameron Oliver.
In the first division, new leaders Washington travel to Sacriston to take on the side just one place and one point behind them.
The Test will have an effect on the shape of Sacriston's team for differing reasons.
Ben Hall is on the Durham groundstaff and is obviously required to work over the next few days, while Max Bailey will be a spectator. Hall was missing last week as well so the only change in personnel will be the inclusion of Phillip Long, a left arm quick. Washington stick with the team that took them to the top.