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Friday, 22 May 2015

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Wylam and Stamfordham hunt hat-trick

SOMETHING has to give when Wylam and Stamfordham meet in Division One of the West Tyne Cricket League.

Both teams have started the 2014 campaign with two wins from two, but Wylam currently have the edge on their rivals with maximum points of 24 to Stamfordham's 22.

In their opening two games, Wylam's bowling attack has been fierce while Stamfordham scraped home against Allendale last time out despite posting an uncompetitive total of 54.

Hexham Leazes boast maximum points too and hope to continue the trend. But they travel to champions Haydon Bridge who won the only game they have managed to get played this year.

Humshaugh are enjoying a winning start to the campaign and aim to make ti three from three against a Matfen Hall side who similarly won their fixture on the opening day ahead of last Saturday's rain off.

Allendale have endured a disastrous start to the new campaign but will look to put the two low scoring defeats behind them when they visit newcomers Mitford who remain in the hunt for their first win in the West Tyne.

Stocksfield II and Haltwhistle have struggled early doors and are both after a first victory when they meet, as are Prudhoe who make the trip to Benwell Hill III.

Wark's winning start in Division Two takes them to Belsay, a team buoyed by a 12-point triumph over Newcastle III.

The North Tyne side are joined on 22 points at the top by relegated South Northumberland 1864 who host last season's champions Mitford II, who are looking to bounce back from their defeat to Wark.

Having challenged for the title in previous seasons, Wylam II have started the campaign slowly with back-to-back defeats but are looking to put that right when they visit Hexham Leazes II.

After a confidence boosting win over Wylam at the weekend, Humshaugh II look to press on with a trip to Haltwhistle II, who were trounced by South North last weekend.

Following a successful return to the league with victory on the opening day, Allendale II were frustratingly rained off but hope to keep their form going when they welcome Newcastle III at the weekend.

Both Medomsley and Stocksfield IV will be raring to go after the weather enforced a weekend off for them, as will Newton who make the trip to Stocksfield III who are yet to mark their campaign with a win.