The top two in the Dukes ECB North-East Regional Premier League meet up at Roseworth Terrace as Chester-le-Street travel to league leaders South North.

Cestrian skipper John Coxon said: “We are very excited about the game and they are always the team to beat. This game sets up the rest of the season and we are absolutely raring to go. As for team news Andrew Bell is still away, while I return to the side.”

South North are likely to replace Alex Weetman with the returning Liam Trevaskis.

Club official Alan Fletcher said: “All is going well apart from one or two players suffering minor injuries, which keeps them out of contention and reduces availability. However, the side chosen is doing a pretty good job, as the table shows.”

Hetton Lyons in third, welcome Tynemouth and skipper Jarvis Clay said: “There are no changes after last week’s good result. All are available, all doing their job and more of the same this week, but need to be on the money and, if anything, a little more consistent to rack up more wins.”

Eppleton are at home to Newcastle and secretary John Smithson said: “We hope the team continues in the same vein as last week, with another exciting, but too close win against Whitburn.”

The visitors should have Ryan Davies making his debut, subject to Durham CC clearance.

Sacriston host Felling. Fixture Secretary Iain Bestford said: “The side needs to put some points on their total after a run of tough matches, we need to climb away from the lower league position.”

James Thompson and Callum Appleby are out, but Melvyn Betts returns from injury.

Felling have Alan Robson and Nicky Heron returning.

Durham Cricket Academy won their first game last weekend and travel to fourth-placed Benwell Hill.

Brandon are second in Division One and entertain South Shields. Skipper Chris Peareth welcomes back Oscar Dewhirst and replaces Mark Messer - a bowler for a bowler.

Third-placed Willington, travel to Gateshead Fell and skipper James Stock said: “A glance at last week’s results shows the selection committee did not have to meet for long. There will be no changes as the stats show the side is putting in good, all round, consistent performances.”

Castle Eden in fourth, are at Burnmoor. Robert McGlasham and Connor Crute return, replacing Liam Brown and Ryan Ball.

Burnmoor have a squad of 12 to pick from, including new professional Sami Niazi, a left-arm medium-fast bowler from Pakistan.

Northumberland and Tyneside league leaders Shotley Bridge entertain Consett in fourth.

The visitors have Mark Dixon is unavailable, but Andrew Stokoe returns and Aron McCabe makes his debut.

Lanchester host Percy Main and Greg Halliday, Jonny Green and Ciaran Johnson are unavailable. Mark Small and Marc Ramshaw, following good form in the seconds replace them with Bryan Potts returns from holiday.

Its top against second in the Readers Durham Cricket League, as second-placed Crook Town welcome leaders Easington.

Crook are waiting on the availability of 19-year-old fast bowler William Angus, who has been playing for Durham seconds.

Tudhoe, in third, entertain struggling Whiteleas and have an unchanged squad. Chairman Stephen Thexton said: “We’ve moved up to third in the league and are playing well. We are looking forward to the game as we push towards the top, with the lads all up for it. We have a strong squad, but that tends to be the case when you’re winning.”

Whiteleas have skipper Andrew Potts as well as vice-captain Nathan Ullah. Owen Peterson will deputise and all-rounder Rob Scorer returns with Sid Corner jnr, following an impressive six wicket haul for the seconds.

Horden take on Durham City at the wrong end of the table. Chairman Wayne Birks said: “It’s a crucial game. We have been a bit hit and miss so far, but we remain positive.”

Evenwood in second place in Divison Two, entertain leaders Ryhope.

Evenwood Secretary Luke Bannister said: “We are unchanged. The first half of the season is all about working out the teams you haven’t played for a number of years. We expect a good game and a win would take us to the top.”

Ryhope chairman Ian Lawrence said: “They are a very good side, but we have a great team spirit and have kept a steady team for the games so far. Johnny Hayes is back and will be the only change. Our batting has been our strong point this season and we hope our good form continues into this game.”

In-form Hunwick have climbed to seventh, following two wins on the trot and travel to Langley Park, one place above them. Chairman John Pratt said: “We had a good win last Saturday and played well to win. We hope to continue this run and will have a strong squad to choose from.”

Peterlee travel to bottom club Hylton, who have lost all their games to date. Peterlee are two places above them after they won their first game last weekend. Chairman Michael Garraghan said: “Our young team are growing in confidence after that result.”