Second-top in the Darlington Building Society NYSD ECB Premier League, Richmondshire travel to Windy Hill Lane to take on in-form Marske.

Vice-captain Robert Carr has Mike Layfield back and said: “It’s a massive game for us, particularly with their current form and as the results went our way last weekend.”

The Seasiders are at full strength, with overseas amateur Michael Brokensha returning. Skipper Johnathon Pickard said: “They are only a point ahead of us in the league. It will be another tough test and a good measure of where we are as a side.”

Barnard Castle need a win to get back in the title race. They travel to Middlesbrough with Barney skipper James Quinn commenting: “We are really determined to change our recent league form around, and we have got to back our own abilities, to produce two positive results this weekend.”

Owen Peddelty is out with a broken collar bone, Finn Usher is away, and Tom Merryweather is unavailable. Pat Roberts returns and they hope to have James Wainman and Josh Bousfield back.

Boro skipper Leigh Beaumont could be without Jack Newby, the South African professional has damaged a knee and could miss the rest of the season.

Darlington travel to the SCG to take on Stokesley and stick with the same side as last week, while the home side hope Sam Wilson will shrug off an injury, and have of Richie Chandler back.

In the Dukes ECB North East Premier League, Burnmoor travel to Sacriston and have Paul Craig McKenzie Wright and Riley Blunt out with Ryan Pringle, Ross Hodgson and Kevin Dixon returning.

Skipper Alex Linsley said: “Sacriston away is always tough and there are a few former players out to prove a point. We will be keen to improve on our disappointing performance last Saturday, and hopefully get the win we need to get back in to contention in the title race.’’

Burnmoor tomorrow host the NEPL T20 Finals Day, with South North, Chester-Le-Street and Willington also taking part.

Sacriston are without Chris McBride (knee injury), Daniel Anderson and Phil Peel, but welcome back Mel Betts and Nathan Hall.

Chester-Le-Street are fourth, and 30 points behind leaders South North. They welcome Benwell Hill to Ropery Lane and skipper John Coxon said: “It was a great win for us last week, chasing down a big score at Newcastle. All the bowlers chipped in to restrict the scoring on an excellent batting surface. Andrew Smith was at his very best, with his first century of the season and he is very keen to back it up again this weekend.”

Benwell Hill will be led by 16-year-old, rising Durham star Luke Doneathy, who will become the youngest ever captain of the club. In his first season he has created a tremendous impression with both bat and ball and his mature approach to the game has impressed Director of Cricket Kyle Coetzer.

Chairman Simon Lunn said: “In a rain affected, sometimes difficult season, Luke’s all-round talent and commitment to our cause has shone through and he shows great leadership skills in one so young. I am sure he will make a great fist of cricket captaincy both now and in the future.”

Director of Cricket Kyle Coetzer said “Luke has fitted seamlessly into our environment, which has a great mix of young and old. He has impressed in all facets of the game and shown excellent leadership and tactical skills. We have tried to create a healthy environment for young aspiring players to gain experience and opportunity to flourish into better players, but importantly, more rounded individuals.”

“At just 16 giving Luke the opportunity to lead his new club with some experienced support around him, is just another example of how we intend to continue to develop and let youth lead from the front.”

Hetton Lyons take on Burnopfield and skipper Jonathan Malkin said: “We had a tough draw at South North last week. We need some partnerships early in the innings.”

In the Northumberland and Tyneside Cricket League, Lanchester welcome Alnmouth & Lesbury and skipper Kieron Taylor fields an unchanged side.

In Division Two, Leadgate travel to Backworth and skipper Rob Hockaday continues to bask in the limelight of top spot, with just over half of the season played.

Paul Hutchinson s absent, replaced by Craig Burke, signed as a top order batsman from Sacriston.

Unbeaten Readers Durham Cricket League leaders Easington hold a 36-point cushion at the top. They host Ushaw Moor, who have only one win and are two points above the relegation trapdoor.

Bottom club Tudhoe travel to Whiteleas, just above them and Leas Vice-captain Owen Peterson had captain Andy Potts and bowler Vic Spencer returning.

They also hope their new overseas professional will be able to play. Usman Arshad, who played at Seaton Carew for the last three seasons, is a top order batsman who also bowls spin.