TEAM of the moment in the NEPL are Gateshead Fell, the only side to have won all three games so far.

Their success has been based around the skills of Kiwi Tom Latham, who has 222 runs in three knocks and has only been dismissed once, and Durham’s Karl Turner, who heads the league wicket taking list with 12 to date, and has yet to be dismissed in his three innings.

The dynamic duo play in today’s home match with newly-promoted Hetton Lyons who were relieved to pick up their first win of the season last week.

Lyons expect to include Sri Lankan Maduwa Perera for his debut, and Michael Walker returns.

Stockton are enjoying life in the upper reaches of the league having made an unbeaten start to the campaign, and field an unchanged team for the visit of Sunderland.

The Wearsiders await news on the availability of Chris Rushworth.

Norton have not made the best of starts to life in the Durham Senior League and lie one place and five points above the relegation slot.

They entertain Marsden this afternoon.

Jason Huitson is likely to be sidelined for a few weeks with a ligament injury so Andy Shepherd returns for the Teessiders, but with Paul Hobson at a wedding and Steven Neilson nursing an injured back Marsden have their own problems, although Ben Ali and Chris Summerside return.

Eppleton entertain leaders Boldon with both at fullstrength, second-placed Felling include Aussie Ross Loicono for their match at South Hetton, and Burnmoor hope to have Sri Lankan Ikram Abdeen available for his seasonal debut in their game at Horden.

There is a lot of hope in the Durham County League today – hope that overseas players will have arrived at long last, although in some cases that hope does not yet fully extend to belief.

Tudhoe need Sachin Rana to help them overcome a bad start that has seen them lose all three matches to date, and they entertain resurgent Brandon today who have leg spinner Cloudsley Long returning.

Crook still await news on Arsalan Mir ahead of today’s home game against Mainsforth, and Ushaw Moor are keen to have West Indian Chris Barnwell debuting at Evenwood.

Durham Coast League leaders Seaham Harbour entertain third-placed Boldon CA in what could be their stiffest test yet, and Sean McKenna makes a welcome return for the top dogs.

Bill Quay are nicely placed in second to take advantage if the other two contenders slug each other to a standstill, but they go to Dawdon missing the key influence of Shaun Smith and Greg Arundel - Neil Cuskeran and Craig Falcus deputise.

It’s first versus second in the NTSL and leaders Morpeth are at full strength for the showdown with Jack Palmer and Darren Leason back in the side.

Shotley Bridge also have their full complement following the new league record margin of victory they enjoyed in last week’s 263-run win over Chopwell.