Barnard Castle last weekend celebrated success when they lifted the Macmillan Cup. They hope to build on the victory when they entertain Stokesley.

Skipper James Quinn said: “Josh Bousfield and Tom Merryweather are both away on holidays, so Mike Dixon and Finn Usher come in, with Finn making his first team debut.

“After a disappointing result last week to Richmondshire, we are looking to bounce back against Stokesley at home, there will be a decent crowd and the boys should be in good spirits after our Macmillan Cup success last Sunday.”

Stokesley, thwarted by the rain last week, have Richard Chandler missing, with Mikey Howe back.

Leaders Great Ayton welcome Marton to Leven Park. Skipper Jon Grainge said: “We make only one change, with Jack Edwards in for Dave Grainge who is unavailable. We are looking to bounce back after last week’s game at Stokesley, when we didn’t play very well.”

Marton make two changes, from their winning draw with Marske last weekend, with Jonny Spillane and Danny Kitching in for Jacob Swann and Tom Hustwitt.

Skipper Alex Wardell said: “We are looking to take good momentum from last week’s performance, as we bossed from start to finish, with just the weather beating us. Ayton will be a tough test, but we are looking to cause an upset.”

Marske host Hartlepool at Windy Hill Lane and make changes. Gary Lynch is back, alongside Tom Urwin, Sam Berry and Thomas Hales and skipper Chris Veazey said: “It’s been a tough few weeks for us and we still have Lee Hodgson away on holiday. Hopefully we can turn the corner, as it is very tight at the bottom and we need to pick up some valuable points.”

Hartlepool make only one change with the return of the experienced all-rounder Mark Davies.

Michael Gough snr said: “We are still feeling confident after our last two games and even though we did not win, we have put in good performances.

“Our last game we lost 12 overs through rain against Seaton, which had an effect on the result. Marske will be another hard game, on a usually good batting wicket.”

Middlesbrough take on Richmondshire at Acklam Park and make a couple of changes to try and freshen up the side. Skipper Leigh Beaumont said: “It was great to make the final of the Macmillan Cup last Sunday, but we saved our worst game of the completion for the final, getting beat by Barney.

“Adam Beaumont will be given an extended run in the team, with Richard Knaggs dropping down to try and get some form after a good winter. Adil Ditta returns to first team duties after supporting the juniors in the seconds, where we welcome his experience and he replaces Dave Bruton.”

Richmondshire skipper Gary Pratt said: “Sam Winter is unavailable and we are looking forward to the game. The weather did do as a favour last weekend, but I think there will be a few more twists and turns before the season is out.”

Seaton Carew host Darlington at Hornby Park and skipper Paul Braithwaite said: “We gained 13 points in a rain affected game at Park Drive and will look to build on a positive display at home to Darlington who are going from strength to strength. Seymour returns from holiday and replaces Stuart Lobb who is away with family commitments.

Darlington are without Ollie King who is at a wedding, so Callum Lethbridge will replace him.

Thornaby host bottom club Bishop Auckland and make one change from last Saturday’s victory at Middlesbrough. James Roberts is in for the absent Jonathan Rickard.

Skipper Paul Allen said: “It was another positive display last weekend with two fantastic individual performances, first with the ball from overseas professional Tharindu Rathnayake, who to six wickets including a hat-trick and Lewis Harper was again in fine form, this time with the bat.”

“We are looking for another positive victory, to keep us firmly in contention for the league, at the turning point of the season.”