Battle of title chasers Haydon Bridge and Wylam
Published at 09:55, Thursday, 05 September 2013
THE outcome of the clash between Haydon Bridge and Wylam on Saturday will have a big say on where the West Tyne Cricket Legue trophy ends up.
The third placed visitors are 11 points behind Bridge and will need to return with victory under their belt to stay in with a chance of knocking their hosts off the top spot with just two weeks remaining.
While Bridge are currently slight favourites to clinch the title, second placed Haltwhistle are sniffing around at just three points behind. They host Matfen Hall who are out-of-sorts and conceded last week's game with Bridge.
The fight for safety is just as riveting with South Northumberland III currently occupying the relegation spot. They welcome Hexham Leazes as they make a late bid for survival.
Prudhoe moved off bottom spot with success at the weekend but still remain in trouble and welcome sixth placed Allendale at the weekend.
Stamfordham are looking over their shoulders and face a tricky trip to Benwell Hill III, while Humshaugh and Stocksfield II meet in the other game scheduled for Division One.
Division Two promises twists and turns as it is brought to a close this weekend.
Success by any margin for Mitford II would guarantee them the league crown but they must overcome the challenge of third placed Wylam II.
Should they fail in their bid, Newton will be looking to take advantage and return to the higher division if they manage to claim glory at Hexham Leazes II.
Wark and Humshaugh II finish their programme a week later than the rest when they meet next week, but travel to Belsay and Stocksfield III respectively in their penultimate fixtures this weekend.
On Sunday, bottom club Stocksfield IV host second bottom Haltwhistle II looking to close the 13 point margin which currently separates the two.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
This week in... 1950Friday, December 15, 1950....
THREE watercolour paintings donated by Queen Mary were auctioned off to raise money for a new Darby and Joan club in Hexham.
A site had already been bought, but a further £6,000 was needed to run the club for the elderly.
The auction, opened by Viscountess Allendale, saw the paintings raise over £8 for the fund.