Northumberland’s Senior County team of Andrew Wilkinson, Dave Robson, Chun Yin Yu, Christine Burke and Lyndsey Storey ventured to Draycott this weekend to compete in Division 2A of the County Championships. On Saturday their first opponents, Lancashire, proved to be the toughest of the weekend as the team played well to draw 5-5. Wilkinson opened the scoring for Northumberland as he beat top junior Amir Hussain in the 5th end. Wilkinson and Chun Yin Yu both won their 2 games but Dave Robson, playing in the number 2 position, lost in the 5th end to Joel Webb.
The Northumberland team then went on to record solid wins against South Yorkshire, North Wales and Leicester with Andrew Wilkinson and Chun Yin Yu both winning 8 matches out of 8. As things stand, these results put the team joint-top of Division 2A at the half-way mark meaning they’re in with a strong chance of promotion.
In Round 2 of the Handicap Cup, Byker B beat Old England Fatts 6-3 with Byker’s Donnelly, Patterson and Manuel each winning 2. Cramlington Cobras narrowly beat club rivals Cramlington Spartans 5-4 thanks in no small part to young player John Hogg’s 2 wins against the experienced team of Barnes, Long and Nair. Cramlington Dragons suffered a similar fate as they lost 5-4 at home to NECA A despite Sree Kanakala running the show as he won his 3 matches including a strong win against friend and County Cadet teammate Adam Webster. Byker A won comfortably against Cramlington Dynamos, as did Cramlington Reivers against Cramlington Falcons. Mount beat Byker C 7-2 and Old England Jacks beat Ouston C by the same score.
Old England Crocs lost to NECA B 6-3 but Brian Bateman will be happy to record a massive 21-6, 21-6 victory over the aforementioned top league player Chun Yin Yu. Bateman was also unlucky to lose 28-30 in the third and final end against former Premier player Steve Robinson. Ouston B beat Matfen Senators 7-2 and Riding Mill lost in the same way to Ouston A. Cramlington Trojans beat Cramlington Ravens 7-2 with Blair Carmichael, who is usually a very good player in handicap events, losing 2 of his 3 matches to the Ravens.
In division 2 this week, the only result to be found was 6-4. Firstly, Ouston B beat Matfen Senators by that score thanks to hat-tricks from Neil Wilkinson and Thomas Fowle. The Senators took 1 win each plus the doubles. Cramlington Swifts lost 6-4 against Ouston A as Neil Rodgers did particularly well for the away team to win his hat-trick, even against experienced division 1 and Premier player Ron Scott who won 2 for the Swifts. Brian Bateman, hardbat chopper extraordinaire, won his 3 for Old England Crocks as they visited and beat Matfen Tribunes. Nigel Tree and Keith Hodges took 2 wins each for the home team. Finally, to round off our 6-4 theme, Old England FATTS beat Birtley with Barry Matthews and Nigel Coe picking up 2 wins each plus the doubles.
Brandon Anacondas yet again proved that they should be playing a couple of divisions higher as they stomped a 10-0 win over the Matfen Cohorts in division 3 this week. A strong side of Jamie Lupton, Lee Tinkler and Paul Dale won every single one of their sets but Lupton took yet another Player of the Match award by conceding the fewest points. At the opposite end of the competitive spectrum, Matfen Whitley Chapel drew 5-5 with Cramlington Corinthians. Peter Seago took Player of the Match as he won 2 of his matches for the home side, along with Stefan Sobell. Philip Smith won 2 for the away team, backed up by 1 win each from Jamie Hall and Steve Ralph, but the Corinthians won a tightly-fought doubles to eke out a draw. The other Cramlington teams in this division both managed 7-3 wins as the Lions beat Ouston C, Sowerby and Hastings with their hat-tricks, and the Spartans beat Byker D, Rob Lee taking Player of the Match in that one.
In division 4, only two games were played. Brandon Bravehearts lost at home to Cramlington Ravens despite Stephen Pattinson taking 3 wins and Player of the Match for the home side. Backspin’s Debbie Irwin won the same accolade as they beat Cramlington Magpies 7-3, Bob Cook chipping in with a hat-trick plus the doubles to support his teammate.
The Premier division was host to three fairly one-sided games this week. Title contenders NESLC Eagles maintained their run of form as they beat St Chads 9-1, the only blemish being Jimmy Scope’s surreal comeback against Paul Baines. Baines was 2 games up and had 7 match points to see off the veteran defender in 3 sets but Scope somehow clawed his way back to win 3-2. NECA beat Cramlington Tigers 10-0 on the Tigers’ home ground and Cramlington Stingers beat Old England Jacks 8-2, division 2 player Blair Carmichael doing well to win against Alan Atkinson.
In contrast, division 1 saw five very close games. Newton B lost 6-4 to Newton A with John Russell winning his hat-trick and Player of the Match. Russell also put in another Player of the Match performance when Newton A travelled to Riding Mill B in the same week as they once again won 6-4. Mount B’s players all won 2 games plus the doubles as they beat Cramlington Reivers, Hinchliffe picking up 2 wins and Jamieson chipping in with a third. NECA B drew 5-5 with Byker B, Kit Robinson winning her 3 and Player of the Match. Finally, Matfen Centurions played a heavily-contested 5-5 draw with Mitford B when Chris Kilsby and Robert Neil Forsyth for Matfen, plus Barry Hill for Mitford all won 2 games.
In division 2, Ouston A’s players all won 2 matches each plus the doubles, but none were able to beat Matfen Tribunes’ Keith Hodges who took Player of the Match. Neil Wilkinson took the same accolade for Ouston B as they comfortably beat Old England Fatts 8-2. A difference in styles saw some strange results when Cramlington Trojans beat Byker C 6-4 with all of the Cramlington players winning 2 games and Jim Robertson doing the same for Byker.
In division 2 this week leaders Byker C took on Matfen Senators who are also looking to stamp their authority on this division. Matfen eventually winning 6-4 after Alex Holliday took the last set in the match against John Carr in straight games. Holliday was man of the match winning all of his games and combining with Dave Swan to win the doubles. Swan and Stephen Oxley weighed in with one each supporting Holliday. This leaves Matfen in a healthy position with 2 games in hand on the others. In the same division Ouston A who are currently second lost to Old England Crocks 7-3 and could have narrowed the gap. However Old England fielded their strongest team of Brian Bateman, Colin Robson and Ken Clark which proved too much for Ouston.
Division 3 leaders Cramlington Cobras suffered their first defeat of the season at the hand of second placed Brandon Annacondas with a score line of 8-2. Both Jamie Lupton and Lee Tinkler being undefeated and Paul Dale winning two for Brandon. Bernie McCardle getting the sole singles set and combining with Mike Dunn to win the doubles for the Cobras. Whilst the Cobras still lead this division Brandon are 5 points behind with a game in hand and are looking strong.
Another team to have the first taste of defeat this season are leaders Brandon Bravehearts in Division 4 who clearly missed not having their undefeated player Stephen Pattinson in the team. The Cramlington Knights team of Matthew Mastaglio, John Hogg and Alfie Stokes won 8-2 with only Caroline Lee getting the better of Stokes in 5 games and Paul Henderson with John Parkin winning the doubles getting the 2 for the home team. This moves the Knights up from 6th to 4th in the table and the Bravhearts are still top with second placed Cramlington Ravens not having played yet this week. A good result for them will see the lead change again in what is becoming a fascinating and close division.
Dave Swan and Alex Holliday
Teams involved in the title race for the Premier division swapped around this week as Mitford A lost 9-1 to Cramlington Casuals and NESLC Eagles beat Mount A 7-3. Steve Penman regained some form as he won his hat-trick for the Casuals, Andrew Wilkinson winning his 3 as usual and Peter Smallcombe taking 2. Dale Aitkenhead was the only player to take a match for the home side. Jim Stamas earned a well-deserved Player of the Match award for the NESLC Eagles as he won his 3 against Graeme Barella, Anthony Ainley and Phil Prady for Mount. Ainley did well to win 2 of his matches but it wasn’t enough as Richard Wilson won 2 and Paul Baines won 1 for the Eagles. At the other end of the table, Byker A faced Old England Jacks in a close-fought 5-5 draw. Dean Eadington was the saviour for his team as he won his 3 but Steve Dickinson did well to win 2 too. David Craddock was unfortunate to lose two 5-end matches against his old teammates Alan Atkinson and Jacob Helm.
Craddock also played in division 1 for Byker B this week but found this an even sterner test than the Premier division as he was unable to win any in an 8-2 loss. Paul Jamieson and Alex Hinchcliffe vied for Player of the Match as they both won 3 but the pair couldn’t combine to win the doubles. Mark Kimberley beat Alistair Colin to win the only singles match for his team. Mitford B were unable to field 3 players away to Mount and lost 6-4 as a result. Keming Li from NECA B introduced himself to the league spectacularly with a hat-trick over Newton A to help his team win 6-4 and Newton B lost by the same score to Matfen Centurions.
The draw for the KO Cup 2016-17 was made on Tuesday 1 November. Copies have been emailed to all team captains and can be viewed on this site at http://nctt.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/KO_Cup_2016-17_Draw_Round_2.pdf
Top class coach David Godbold and recent award-winner Alan Hedley were this week involved in the running of a Premier League 4 Sport table tennis tournament held at John Spence Community High School. 24 young people were involved and Israel Shodeinde, Jack Cairns, Alfie Davies (Cramlington TTC) and Jake Bennett (Imagine TTC in Sunderland) made it through the group stages. In the end, Davies triumphed over Shodeinde in a high quality final. PL4S is a government initiative aimed at encouraging young people in Tyneside and Northumberland to play sport more often and join local sports clubs. This tournament, in partnership with the Newcastle United Foundation, was yet another success for the programme.
Nearly 60 youngsters from all over the North East as well as Lancashire, Cheshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire will take part in the Cramlington Junior 2 Star Table Tennis Tournament at the Sporting Club, Cramlington next Saturday. Top seed in the Junior Boys singles is Daniel Olsberg from Lancashire whilst Holly Williams of Stockton-on-Tees is the top rated player in the Junior Girls. Wallsend’s Adam Webster is seeded third in the Cadet Boys. Other events are Cadet Girls, Under 13 Boys, Under 12 Boys and Under 13 girls.
In the Northumberland League, it was the first Knockout Cup week. Teams of all divisions face off against each other, higher-rated players receiving handicaps to even the games out. A young Cramlington Lions team travelled to Old England to play against the Jacks but, despite having reasonable head-starts, were unable to overcome Alan Atkinson, Lynne Herrington and Jake Helm. Joe Hastings did well for the Lions to beat Herrington but it meant little to the outcome. Cramlington Swifts faced Cramlington Reivers in a tight encounter, Reivers eventually edging the game 6-3. Alex Hinchliffe was the Player of the Match for them as he won his 3, Paul Jamieson helping out with 2 wins and Alistair Colin chipping in with another. In the final game of the week, NECA had a fairly comfortable win over St Chads to see them through to the next round.
Alfie Davies – Tournament winner The competitors
Table Tennis England this week issued another Club Volunteer of the Year award. Alan Hedley of Cramlington Table Tennis Club was presented this honour by club Treasurer Aubrey Drapkin. Alan’s implacable positive attitude and relentless hard work with young people and less young people alike is seen and appreciated on a weekly basis by the players in the Northumbria Table Tennis League.
The highlight of the Premier division this week was the clash between annual rivals Cramlington Casuals and NESLC Eagles. Andrew Wilkinson won his 3 as usual for the Casuals and Peter Smallcombe beat Paul Baines and Richard Wilson. Jim Stamas played well for the Eagles to beat Smallcombe and Steve Penman, Baines chipped in with another by beating Penman then Richard Wilson and Stamas combined to take the doubles leading to a narrow 6-4 home victory for the Casuals. Cramlington Stingers were again unable to field 3 of their own players against Riding Mill, borrowing Gareth Pearson from the Tigers and Paul Jamieson from the Reivers. Stingers’ Kevin Wilson won his 3 and Paul Jamieson beat Peter Stempczyk to help save a draw.
Mitford B are 3 points top of the division 1 table with a game in hand over second placed Riding Mill B. This week they faced NECA B and won 8-2, Bob Atwell and Karen Henry both picking up 3 wins. Riding Mill on the other hand could only field 2 players which caused them difficulties as they lost 8-2 away to Matfen Centurions, Robert Neil Forsyth taking a well-deserved Player of the Match award for them.
Along with playing for the Centurions and getting 2 wins, Alex Holliday also played for Matfen’s Senators in division 2 this week where he won all 3 and Player of the Match in a 6-4 win against club-mates Matfen Tribunes.
Despite turning up with only 2 players, the Cramlington Ravens team of Adam Hardiman and Mackenzie Clark did well to beat Backspin 7-3 in division 4 this week. In the first inter-club game of the week, Cramlington Jaguars’ Steve Round and John Murrells won their hat-tricks, supported by 2 wins from Aubrey Drapkin, to beat the Knights 9-1. The second Cramlington derby saw the Dragons take a comfortable 10-0 victory over the Magpies as Mick Sursham, Sree Kanakala and Paul Athey only lost a single set between them.
In division 3, Cramlington Spartans faced a very tough lineup of Mick Dunn, Joe Swinburn and Bernie Mccardle for the Cramlington Cobras. The games were closer than the 9-1 score suggests but in the end only Sam Nair could pick up a win for the Spartans. Saints held home team Brandon Anacondas to a 5-5 draw, Killen and Dawson winning 2 each and Joynson chipping in with a third. The Anacondas’ Jamie Lupton only dropped a single end however as he won his 3 games.
Mike Lyons took Player of the Match for Ouston A in division 2 as they scraped a 6-4 win away to Cramlington Trojans. Old England Fatts drew 5-5 with Matfen’s Tribunes and Neil Wilkinson won another 3 games for Ouston B as they beat Cramlington Swifts 8-2.
In the Premier division, Lynne Herrington beat Duncan Wraight to get the only win against Mitford A in a 9-1 loss for Old England Jacks. NESLC beat NECA A 6-4 despite a hat-trick from Chun Yin Yu, Cramlington Stingers beat Byker A 9-1 and Riding Mill held Mount A to a draw. Josh Weatherby was in decent form against a strong Cramlington Casuals side when he beat Steve Penman and Peter Smallcome but was beaten 3-0 by Andrew Wilkinson.
Thirty six teams were entered into the competition. Round 1 features 8 of these teams. All other teams entered have byes into round 2. For full information on the rules, guidance, draw and gradings go to the KO Cup page.