In the Dukes ECB North East Premier League, relegation issues take precedent on the last day of the season. Sacriston are second bottom, above Stockton, need 25 points from their home match with the Durham Cricket Academy, to ensure they stay up.

Director of cricket Iain Bestford said: “Melvyn Betts and Nathan Hall return. Will Gidman is available to play his second game in a row and his experience along with the other two, is invaluable.”

Eppleton need 16 points to ensure survival and they entertain Tynemouth. Piers Davison is a doubt with a back injury.

Stockton need to win at Newcastle to stand any chance of staying up. Newcastle skipper Phil Hudson said: “We could finish fifth if all goes to plan. Stockton may appear to be in dire-straits, but will remain dangerous opposition to the end.”

Hetton Lyons, take on second placed Chester-le-Street. Cestrians skipper John Coxon said: “We have a full squad and confident following our Profound Trophy win last Sunday. Andrew Smith hit 98 not out from 59 balls and Quentin Hughes claimed 4-9 off four overs.

In the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, Shotley Bridge welcome relegated Stocksfield and captain Paul Greenwell said: “There is nothing really to play for, but we hope to end the season on a high with a win.”

Lanchester host Lintz who lie second bottom, and are three points behind Percy Main.

Visiting skipper Jonny Foster said: “There is uncertainty within the leagues about promotion and relegation. Nothing is clear cut, so the game has to be approached with a winning mentality. A win is vital to avoid the possibility of going down.”

Readers Durham Cricket League leaders Easington hold a 16-point advantage over Crook, in the title race and face struggling Bill Quay, who are not safe.

Crook are second place and host third placed Seaham Park. Secretary Alan Stewart said: “We should be unchanged. We have to win to have any chance of being champions, but the title is out of our hands.”