Spectators watch the action during day one of a First-Class Cricket match in Oxford.

Silksworth open their season in the Durham Cricket League against Peterlee on Saturday April 29, where they will be looking to start with a win after being a week behind the rest of the pack after their week one opponents Houghton withdrew from the league.

The club’s first team are at home while their second team travel on the road. Peterlee will be the more match ready of the two sides, after starting their season a week earlier against Ryhope.

Silksworth did play a practice match last Saturday, where there were plenty of stand-out figures for players with both bat and ball. Robbie Jones and Paul Brigham, both of Silksworth’s first team, scored half centuries and batted more than 70 overs between them. The 50 runs is Jones’ second in as many games after scoring a half century against the University of Sunderland in a friendly match.

Second team bowler David Nunn took three wickets for just 22 runs in seven overs, while new signing Nazeer went for just 21 runs off seven overs, with one wicket. First team captain Andy Barrass scored 22 and will look to build upon that this weekend.

Peterlee’s first team were narrowly beaten by one wicket last weekend against Ryhope in their opening game of the season. Their stand out figures came from A. Laidler, who took four wickets for 26 runs and P. Meade, who took three wickets for 44 runs. Peterlee were beaten but still awarded six points, but will being looking for a better result this Saturday.

Both first and second team matches start at 1.30pm, with the first team game being played at Silksworth Cricket Club and the second team game being played at Peterlee Cricket Club. The two sides have a history of playing entertaining fixtures against one another, with the three games they played last year all ending with narrow margins.