Keep it going while I’m away

TABLE-TOPPERS Lintz will have to do without Gary Christie for the next fortnight – but the skipper is confident his team-mates will keep their momentum going.

TABLE-TOPPERS Lintz will have to do without Gary Christie for the next fortnight – but the skipper is confident his team-mates will keep their momentum going.

Lintz are nine points clear of Leadgate at the top of Division A1, and they entertain third-bottom Morpeth tomorrow with Michael Edmunds taking on the captaincy in Christie’s absence.

Christie said: “I’m away for two weeks now which is a shame as this is an important stage of the season.

“But we’ve had a very good season so far and I’m sure the rest of the lads will keep it going.

“It will be a tough game against Morpeth, though, because they are fighting to stay above the relegation battle.”

Lintz finished fifth-bottom last season but it has been a different story this time round.

Christie explained: “The side is virtually the same as last season, but the difference this year has been that we have won a few tight games that could have gone either way.

“We had three or four of them at the beginning of the season and they helped build confidence.

“Our bowling has been good and we have been able to defend totals of 170 or 180, which has also helped us.

“Over the next four or five weeks we play teams in the top four, so if we keep on winning then we will be challenging for the title.”

Leadgate are at home to defending champions Tynedale, who are currently fourth, in a game that could also have a bearing on the title race.

Swalwell are third and they are at home to fourth-bottom Sacriston.

Fifth-placed Ashington entertain next-to-bottom Benwell & Walbottle, while mid-table Newcastle City are at Shotley Bridge, who are one place below them.

Bottom-of-the-pile Percy Main are at Annfield Plain.

Lanchester are third, 16 points outside the promotion places, and they will be looking to cut that gap when they meet bottom-of-the-table Alnwick tomorrow. In Division A2, leaders Ryton take on next-to-bottom Burnopfield.

DIVISION A1: Annfield Plain v Percy Main; Ashington v Benwell & Walbottle; Leadgate v Tynedale; Lintz v Morpeth; Shotley Bridge v Newcastle City; Swalwell v Sacriston.

DIVISION A2: Consett v Seaton Burn; Lanchester v Alnwick; Ponteland v Greenside; Ryton v Burnopfield; Whickham v Backworth.

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