The Mount team of Graeme and Anthony Barella along with Phil Prady took advantage of the fact that NESLC Eagles had no fixture to go eight points ahead at the top of the Northumbria League Premier Division by defeating a weak Mount B team 10 – 0. The Eagles, however, do have a game in hand.

Andy Firth, Peter Stempczyk and Mark O’Connor were all unbeaten for Prudhoe and District United Services in a 10 – 0 victory over N.E.C.A. B team to go top of the first division.  Third placed Newton stay in the promotion race despite being a player short when they took on Tyneside TTC as John Russell and Dave Lucas just did enough to give them a 6 – 4 win.

Ouston Community Centre B team of David Byers, Kevin Richardson and Tom Fowle have taken over at the top of Division Two by beating the previous leaders Mitford 8 – 2 and winning 7 – 3 away to Cramlington Reivers. Byers was unbeaten in both matches, winning all of his singles and also both doubles with Richardson.

Cramlington Trojans defeated Old England FATTS 8 – 2 but are now bound to be relegated with one other Cramlington team, Reivers or Swifts also looking likely to join them.

In the third division Whitley Chapel, who now only have one match left to play, lost to Newton B  6 – 4 but are top of the table by three points over Cramlington Spartans who have a game in hand and  by six over Ouston C who still have three to play.

Fourth Division Matfen Consuls strengthened their team by the inclusion of Ben Kilsby and got a 6 – 4 win over the leaders Tyneside C. He duly won two but the player of the match was undoubtedly young Ferg Kilsby who got a hat trick.

The Northumbria League Junior team are champions of the North East Section of the National Junior league.  At Ormesby they defeated Ormesby  first team 7 – 2 and Ormesby seconds  9 – 0. However the important match was the one in between when they took on Bishop Auckland and won 5 – 4. As a result they finished one point ahead of Bishop Auckland to be crowned champions. On the day Ethan Brown won all nine of his sets, Israel Shodeinde won seven and Jack Cairns got five.

Cramlington Stingers at last managed to win a match in the Northumbria Premier Division when two sets each from Steve Pearce and Nigel Rodgers, one from Rob Reed and success in the doubles by Pearce and Rodgers gave them victory over Old England Jacks although Andy Benjamin won all of his sets for the losing side.

In division one the N.E.C.A. B team of Jamie Collins, Ken Lee and Kit Robinson each won two as they beat Tyneside TTC 6 – 4 to move away from the relegation places. 

The shock result in the second division came when bottom of the table Cramington Trojans side of Alastair Johnson and the youngsters Shodeinde and Cairns held the leaders Mitford to a draw. However Mitford stay top of the table with their nearest challengers Tyneside B team being held to a draw by Old England FATTS and Ouston B being held by their A team.

It is now tight at the top of Division Three with only three points separating the top three sides after Cramlington Spartans who lead by a single point drew away to Saints, Ouston C did likewise away to Newton B and Whitley Chapel dropped three points in a 7 – 3 victory over Jaguars. 

Both of the leading teams in Division Four had convincing wins with Tyneside B beating Cramlington Knights 8 – 2 and Ouston D winning 9 – 1 against the Lions.

The Northumbria League Cadet side were in action in the North East section of the National Junior league at Ormesby and won all four of their matches even though they were without their leading player Ethan Brown. Alan Roskilly and Noah Rutherford joined regular Patrick Nicholson as they defeated Bishop Auckland C and B teams, Darlington B and then Ormesby first team. They will go into the final session in second place only three points behind the leaders Scarborough.

The Premier Division of the Northumbria League is now definitely a two horse race between the leaders N.E.S.L.C. Eagles and The Mount after the Mount side of Graeme and Anthony Barella along with Anthony Ainley beat last year’s champions  North East Chinese Association 9 – 1. The Eagles team of Andrew Wilkinson, Eddie Smith and Steve Penman had an easy 10 – 0 win over the bottom team Old England Jacks and with four matches to play are a mere two points ahead.

Prudhoe and District United Services Club squad of Mark O’Connor, Andrew Firth, Peter Stempczyk and Shirley Gelder have taken over at the top of the first division despite being held to a draw by Tyneside TTC for whom Mark Kimberley was unbeaten as they went on to beat Saint Columba’s B 7 – 3 despite Lee Tinkler winning all of his sets for the losers.

In the second division Ouston B received a set back to their hopes of winning the division when Mount E team of John Russell, Charlie Mouzon and Mick Hope beat them 6 – 4 despite Ken Richardson getting a hat trick.

Cramlington’s young player Oliver Ho had a good week  when he won two sets when playing up for the Reivers against Matfen Tribunes in Division Two and then getting a hat trick for his own team the Falcons  in a 6 – 4  defeat by Saints in division three.

Three of the teams to reach the quarter finals of the Northumbria League Handicap Cup had to come from behind to get there.  Two sets from Nigel Tree and one each from Keith Hodges and Dave Swan put Matfen Tribunes 4 – 2 ahead against Cramlington Cobras before the visitors hit back when Alan Hedley beat Swan, Joe Hastings levelled things up with a victory over Hodges and Steve Ralph won the match for the Cobras by beating Nigel Tree.

The Cramlington Trojans side who were 3 – 1 behind away to Ouston B, pulled back to three all  before David Byers completed his hat trick to put Ouston back in front. However Alistair and Jack Cairns won the final two sets for the Trojans.

The third one was another Cramlington side, the Jaguars, who lost their first two matches to Newton B team’s John Henderson and Tom Manuel but two sets each by Abdel Warayet and Gavin Wilson and one by Mick Sursham gave them victory.

Mark Kimberley and Rob Lawson both won two for Tyneside TTC A team and with Steve Dickinson getting one they defeated Saints, for whom Ray Joynson got two, by five sets to three.

Dan Dodds and Bailey Pye won two sets each and with one from Alan Livingstone, The Mount B team beat Brandon Anacondas 5 – 3.  Brandon’s Bravehearts side also went out when  Mark O’Connor and Andrew Firth got two each and  Tom Firth one to give Prudhoe and District United Services Club a 5 – 3 victory.

Ouston’s D team lost to Cramlingon Falcons 7 – 2 with Alfie Stokes unbeaten for the winners and unfortunately Ouston C had to concede to Matfen Senators because of injuries to their players.

Only a few league matches were played but Matfen Whitley Chapel visited Cramlington two nights running. They beat the Cobras 7 – 3 but lost by the same score to the Spartans and both teams are level on points at the top of the third division but the Spartans have a game in hand.


KO HANDICAP CUP 2018 – 2019:  Results for Round 3 

Home teamAway team
1Matfen Senators9Ouston C0 *
 2Cramlington Jaguars5Newton B4
 3Cramlington Falcons7Ouston D2
4Brandon Anacondas3Mount B5
5Brandon Bravehearts1Prudhoe5
6Tyneside A5Whickham Saints3
7Ouston B4Cramlington Trojans5
8Matfen Tribunes4Cramlington Cobras5
  • Conceded

Graeme Barella retained the Alan Morpeth Memorial Cup when he beat Chun Yin Yu in the final of the Open Singles at the Northumberland Closed tournament.  After winning his group he accounted for John Cook, Jamie Dent and Peter Smallcombe before winning in four ends against Chun who had put out the number two seed Andrew Wilkinson in the semis.

The Womens Singles round robin event for the Philomena Clark Memorial Cup was won by Lynne Herrington for the third year running with Lynsey Storey the runner up.

In the Veterans Singles Andrew Wilkinson made it three in a row with victory over Steve Penman in the final after putting out Martin Schapira in the semis. Penman beat the number two seed Eddie Smith to get to the final.

Penman was also another player to retain a title when he beat Jamie Dent in the final of the band 1 singles.  The band 2 winner was Ethan Brown, Sree Kanakla, last year’s band four winner won band three this time round, Sam Nair took band four and Linda Pinkham triumphed in band five.

The doubles was again a fun event with a top player being drawn to play with a lower ranked one and the pairing of James Bradbury and Israel Shodeinde  were the winners.

In the Junior Closed tournament Adam Webster made history by becoming the first youngster to win the Junior Singles four year’s running when he beat Ethan Brown in the final.

Brown, however won the Cadet Singles by beating Archie Stokes  in the final.

Oiiver Ho won the Under 13 singles for the second year running, beating Leo Conn in the final and the winner of the  Under 12 round robin event was Toby Dancer with Jessica Yang the runner up.

The Northumbria League Junior side of Ethan Brown, Israel Shodeinde and Jack Cairns recently  beat Bishop Auckland, the leaders of the Junior National League North Eastern Division 5 – 4 and also defeated Darlington Academy and are now in second place with one more session to be played.

This coming weekend sees the staging of both the Northumberland Junior and Senior Tournaments at Cramlington Sporting Club, Cramlington Village School with the Juniors on Friday Evening at 7.00p.m. and the Seniors on Saturday starting at 9.00a.m.

Adam Webster is expected to retain the Junior Singles title and in the Seniors Graeme Barella will be all out to retain the Open Singles crown but he will have strong opposition in Andrew Wilkinson, Chun Yin Yu and Eddie Smith. 

In the Northumbria League Barella, Phil Prady and Anthony Ainley put The Mount back on top of the Premier Division after a comprehensive 10 – 0 victory over the bottom side  Cramlington Stingers.

Newton went to the top of the first division after John Russell, Graeme Bell and Dave Lucas defeated Cramlington Tigers 8 – 2 but Matfen Senators have a game in hand and are only two points behind them. Third placed Mount D were held to a draw by Saint Columba’s B for whom Lee Tinkler got a hat trick.

MItford slipped up in Division Two when they lost at home to Old England FATTS 6 – 4 which allowed Tyneside TTC B to go above them at the top of the table although Mitford do have a game in hand. Joe Perrin was unbeaten for the Old England side. Tyneside’s team of Jim Robertson, John Carr and Chas Robertson ran out 10 – 0 winners against Cramlington Swifts.

The clash between the top two teams in Division Three , Ouston C and Cramlington Spartans ended up all square with Ouston’s Duncan Hindmarsh winning all of his sets and also narrowly winning the doubles 14 – 12 in the fifth end partnered by Andy Harris

The Mount TTC took advantage of the fact the NESLC Eagles had no match to go back to the top of the Northumbria League Premier Division by beating Saint Columbas 8 -2, Graeme Barella getting a hat trick.

Their B team won 7 – 3 when they visited Cramlington Casuals and then had an 8 – 2 home victory over Old England Jacks. Dave Robson was unbeaten in both matches.

Matfen Senators had Alex Holiday in form as they defeated Saint Columba’s B team 7 – 3 to increase their lead at the top of Division One with Newton going down by the same score to The Mount D.

The North  East Chinese Assn B team moved well clear of Cramlington Tigers near the foot of the table when an unbeaten performance by Harry Saxton steered them to a 6 – 4 victory.

Both of the leading sides in the second division recorded victories with Mitford’s Barry Hill, Mick Bull and Karen Henry defeating a weakened Ouston A 7 -3 and Tyneside TTC’s Don Catley, Charlie Robertson and John Carr winning a close match with Cramlington Reivers 6 – 4.

There are new leaders in Division Three after Sree Kanakala, Sam Nair and Jamie Hall assisted by Adrian Barnes in the doubles saw Cramlington Spartans beat Matfen Cohorts to go ahead of Saints and Whitley Chapel.  Saints are now in second place after their side of Vince Killen, Steve Dawson and Ray Joynson beat Whitley Chapel 8 – 2.

Tyneside TTC moved eight points clear at the top of the fourth division when James Moore together with father and son Paul and Leo Conn demolished the Cramlington Dragons 10 – 0. 

In the same division Tom Firth won all of his singles and was also successful in the doubles partnered by David Peel for Prudhoe and District United Services B and with Chris Raffle and  Peel getting two singles each his team defeated Cramlington Lions 8 – 2.

Saint Columba’s TTC had Duncan Wraight in fine form when he won all of his singles and also the doubles partnered by Dale Aitkenhead as The Mount C team were beaten 7 – 3 in the Premier Division of the Northumbria league. Paul Baines got two singles and Aitkenhead one to complete their scoring. John Williamson won two for the losing side.

Alex Holiday and Neil Forsyth turned in unbeaten performances for Matfen Senators in an 8 – 2 victory over the North East Chinese Association B team to increase their lead at the top of the First Division.  At the other end of the table Cramlington Tigers team of Blair Carmichael, Lynsey Storey and Peter Wilkinson recorded their first win of the season with an 8 – 2 win over Brandon Anacondas to move off the bottom.

John Carr was the man in form when his hat trick helped Tyneside TTC B team to defeat Matfen Tribunes in Division Two. He also won the doubles with Jim Robertson who got two singles. Don Catley managed one, the final score being 7 – 3.

Third Division leaders Ouston C team of Andy Harris, Duncan Hindmarsh and Jamie Milroy had a good win over third placed Saints, beating them 7 – 3 although none of them could get the better of Steve Dawson.  However Peter Seago and Stefan Sobell were unbeaten for  Whitley Chapel against Matfen Cohorts in a 9 – 1 win that puts them level with Ouston.

Harry Veitch was on form as Ouston’s D team  won 7 – 3 away to Prudhoe and District United Services B side to keep the lead at the top of Division Four although Tyneside B, who have a game in hand, closed the gap to three points by whitewashing Cramlington Lions. 

The clash between  NESLC Eagles and The Mount, the top two teams in the Northumbria League, ended up all square and they remain locked together on equal points. Eddie Smith was playing instead of Andrew Wilkinson for the home side whilst Dan Dodds replaced Phil Prady in the visiting team. Smith  and Steve Penman both defeated Anthony Ainley and Dodds and Richard Wilson was also successful against Dodds but Graeme Barella won all three of his singles for The Mount and also the doubles with Ainley.

Alex Holiday was unbeaten for Matfen Senators in a 7 – 3 victory against Tyneside TTC in  Division One to edge ahead of Prudhoe who did not have a fixture at the top of the table.

In the second division Ouston B team of David Byers, Kevin Richardson and Tom Fowle easily defeated Cramlington Trojans 10 – 0 to close the gap on the leaders Mitford who won 6 – 4 away at Cramlington Reivers. Mitford’s Mick Bull, Barry Hill and Bob Atwell all won two but they all lost to Bernie McCardle who also won the doubles with Mike Dunn.

With Matfen Whitley Chapel postponing their third division match the  Ouston C team of Duncan Hindmarsh, Andy Harris and Shirley Robson took over at the top of the table with an 8 – 2 success way to Matfen Cohorts.

There was also another success for  Ouston  with their D team beating Newton C 7 – 3 thanks to unbeaten performances by Lewis Kilkenny and Harry Veitch and they now head the table by one point from Cramlington Dynamos who defeated Cramlington Magpies by the same score. Rohan Rawat, Alan Roskilly and Ojas Aggarwal won all of their matches but none of them could defeat the Magpies new signing, Roy Hugill.

Entry forms for the Northumberland Senior and Junior Tournaments are now available on the Northumbria League website,

The Mount A team and NESLC Eagles  finished the first half of the season as joint leaders of the Northumbria League and they are due to play each other this week.

Both clubs include leading Northumberland County players with Graeme Barella in the Mount squad and Andrew Wilkinson with the Eagles.

Two of the teams struggling at the wrong end of the table meet when Cramlington Stingers take on Mount ‘C’ team.

Prudhoe and District United Services who do not play until next week lead the way in the First Division but only by one point from Matfen Senators who are away to Tyneside TTC.

Newton, who are only five points adrift of the leaders, are at home to fourth placed Saint Columbas B team.

Division two leaders Mitford start the second half of the season with a visit to lowly Cramlington Reivers and will be looking to consolidate their lead at the top of the table. Both of their nearest challengers, the two Ouston sides, also face Cramlington opposition. The B team who are one point ahead of their A team entertaining the Trojans and the A side away to the Swifts.

Ouston’s C team are in contention for promotion from Division Three, being in second place jointly with Cramlington Spartans behind Matfen Whitley Chapel, and they are away to Matfen Cohorts. The leaders visit struggling Cramlington Cobras who have Rob Lee back in their squad.  Saints could move closer to the top three as they are at home to the bottom team Cramlington Jaguars.

It is close in Division Four with top team Tyneside C only four points ahead of fourth placed Prudhoe B.  Both are without a match this week and either second placed Ouston D who entertain Newton C or third placed  Cramlington Dynamos who play bottom  team Magpies will take over the top spot.