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Stockton celebrate their title success
Newly-installed champions Stockton will be on show at Jesmond today when they take on host club Newcastle in the final away game of their most successful summer.
It is fitting that their last two league matches will be on home turf where they can savour their success with home supporters, so this match may be relatively low key with all three Durham players in the two squads, Keaton Jennings, Jamie Harrison and Michael Richardson, all involved in the County Championship tussle at Scarborough.
With the title race done and dusted there is only the issue of relegation to be resolved, although Gateshead Fell's surprise victory at Benwell Hill on Monday appears to have put that issue close to a conclusion.
The Fell turned in their best performance of the summer to defeat high-flying Hill by four wickets and, with South Shields losing at the same time despite looking to have set up a victory opportunity, it will take a major upturn in form for winless Shields to avoid the drop as they are now 41 points adrift of safety.
The Fell entertain Sunderland with their own safety in sight, and with two wins in their last four matches they will be confident enough to go for the further victory that would ensure another season in the top flight.
The Wearsiders have failed to win in their last seven, but they have Kieran Waterson returning.
After bowling out South North for 92 on Monday, Shields were skittled for 48, and with that victory opportunity squandered they must now fear the worst. A trip to Hetton Lyons awaits them and they will face a side that includes Ryan Pringle.
Chester-le-Street's outstanding T20 win over Pudsey Congs last Sunday sees them through to a third consecutive national T20 finals day, this one at the Kia Oval on Friday, September 13.
Their semi-final opponents will be Ormskirk, and if they are able to negotiate that hurdle they will meet the winners of the Wimbledon v Banbury tie.
South North travel to Nottingham tomorrow to take on the West Indian Cavaliers in the semi-final of the national club cup, but will be missing Michael Craigs who is recovering from shoulder surgery.
Before that they host Tynemouth who have to reckon without Matthew Brown, while Phil Morse and Greg Hollins have knee and thumb injuries that end their season prematurely.
Sacriston will be aiming for a maximum points haul this weekend when they take on bottom club Seaham Harbour in the penultimate first division game of the season.
With just four separating the top two every point is likely to prove crucial, and, with leaders Brandon facing a tough assignment at Washington this could present the opportunity for Sacriston to make their move ahead of their final game at Boldon next week.
Harbour make two changes for the game with Neville Gustard dropping out and Stephen Sennett working. Ryan Martin comes back into the side while Nathan Corkhill is handed an opportunity.
The Sacriston line-up includes Harry Hubber who will be returning to first team action following almost two seasons out of the game through illness. Hubber has demonstrated his class in the two second team matches he has played since returning to fitness, scoring 103 runs and out just once.
But while Hubber makes a welcome return Jack Hardy will have to miss this one after sustaining a broken finger, and with Ryan Moralee away Philip Long receives a call up.
Having lost just three games all season Washington are capable of upsetting the Brandon bandwagon, particularly as they are able to put out an unchanged side which is their strongest. Brandon also have a full squad.