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4th August 2009

Durham CCC v NEPL XI at Ashbrooke – This Sunday

Founded in 1999 as part of the ECB’s “Raising the Standards” campaign, the Dukes-sponsored Premier League currently has twelve clubs in membership around Tyneside, Wearside, Durham and Teesside.  Durham CCC’s Academy side also play in the NEPL.
 
Sunday’s action takes place at Ashbrooke Sports Club in Sunderland, and sees the League President’s XI take on Durham at 2.30pm.  Earlier in the day, host club Sunderland play against an NEPL Division Two Select side in a Twenty20 game at 11am.
 
Durham’s players will also assist in a junior coaching session before their game, and be available for an autograph session afterwards.
 
NEPL Chairman Keith Robson said: “Durham CCC have been a strong supporter of the Premier League set up, and have their Academy team in the League as well as encouraging their players to play in the League when not required in the first XI.
 
“We thank them for their support in this venutre, celebrating all that is good about the Premier League, and knowing they will continue their support in future years.”
 
The NEPL squad is drawn mainly from the League’s top three sides – South Northumberland, Chester le Street and Blaydon – while the County team features current Durham stars who have cut their teeth in the NEPL in previous seasons.
 
NEPL President’s XI: Peter Howells (capt/wk), Allan Worthy, Craig Knox (all Blaydon), Chris Hewison, Lee Crozier and Stephen Humble (South Northumberland), Richard Waite, Andrew Smith, Alan Mustard (Chester le Street), Jonathan Kean (Norton), Chris Rushworth (Sunderland).
 
Durham squad: TBC

11.00am            Sunderland v NEPL 2XI
 
Sunderland: TBC

NEPL Divison Two Select: Tom Seymour (South North)*, Chris Campbell (South North), John Harbottle (South North), Adam Nairn (CLS), Andy Robson (CLS), John Coxon (CLS), Chris Robson (SUN), Mark Wright (BH), Joe Moore (BH)+, Phil Morse (Tynemouth), Matt Bashford (Newcastle)

The gates open at Ashbrooke at 10am on Sunday, with the first game starting at 11am.  Admission is £3 which includes a programme and prize draw entry.