The Northumberland County team of Chun Yin Yu, Andy Wilkinson, Graeme Barella, Christine Burke and Lynsey Storey gained promotion from the County Championships Division 2A with a great unbeaten performance at Draycott. Newcastle University student Chun  and Barella both won eleven of their twelve sets over the weekend and were ably backed up by  the rest of the team who all contributed to their success. They started off on Saturday with an 8 – 2 win over South Yorkshire followed by a 7 – 3 success over Staffordshire but were then held to a draw by Cambridgeshire. 

 Sunday saw them draw with a very strong Worcestershire side, beat Hertfordshire 6 – 4 and clinch promotion with a 7 – 3 victory over Warwickshire seconds.

Chun and Wilkinson had been in direct opposition a couple of days earlier when the Chinese player came out on top and helped North East Chinese Association to a 7 – 3 victory over Cramlington Casuals, a result which means the Chinese club are now favourites to win the Premier Division of the Northumbria League this season.

The Northumbria League  team of Sree Kanakala, Israel Shodeinde and Jack Cairns did well  in the National Junior League North East Division  when they defeated Darlington 6 – 3, Ormesby 6 – 3 and Darlington B 9 – 0 . However they lost 1 – 8 to a very strong Swerve side and finished the first weekend in second spot.

The Northumbria League Handicap Cup competition saw some close matches in the second round With Ouston B team of David Byers, Kevin Richardson and Tom Fowle defeating Cramlington Spartans after being 4 – 1 down. Two sets each for Bob Sanderson and Tom Manuel helped Tyneside C to beat Matfen Tribunes by the same score with Nigel Tree getting a couple for the losers.

Ten year old Jessica Yang was tremendous for Cramlington Magpies beating two 13 year old boys, Alan Roskilly and Ojas Aggarwal as well as Alan’s father, all off scratch. Veteran Aubrey Drapkin also beat the two boys to put the Magpies into round three.

The Mount A team retained their unbeaten record in the Premier Division of the Northumbria League despite having to field a weakened team when they visited Saint Chads. Graeme Barella kept up his fine form with three singles victories, having lost only one all season, Anthony Ainley got two and they combined to take the doubles set and win the match 6 – 4 with reserve Alan Livingstone fighting hard without winning any sets. Chris Blake won two for the Saints.

Their B team were also involved in a close match but lost out 4 – 6 to Cramlington Stingers for whom James Bradley got a hat trick

Mount C who are top of the first division also had to fight hard for a 6 – 4 success over Mitford with Dan Dodds winning all of his sets as well as the doubles partnered by Bailey Pye.
The Chinese Association B team had a frustrating night in the same division as Ke Ming Li, Harry Saxton and Yu Chim Li had given them a 5 – 1 lead over Prudhoe B and Saxton and Terry Kwong were 8 – 3 up in the deciding end of the doubles when the area was hit by a power cut and the match was abandoned.

The top two teams in Division Two continued their winning ways with Brandon Anacondas coming away from Mount D with a 6 – 4 victory and Matfen Senators beating Tyneside B by the same score.

In Division three Barry Matthews has been defeated only once so far this season and another three wins helped his team Old England FATTS to stay unbeaten and on top of the table as they accounted for Cramlington Ravens 7 – 3.

Hat tricks from Jamie Milroy and Duncan Hindmarsh helped Ouston C to a 9 – 1 win in Division Four over Cramlington Knights and they already look certain to return to the third division, having been relegated last year.

The top two sides in the Premier Division of the Northumbria League both recorded big victories with North East Chinese Association defeating Cramlington Tigers 10 – 0 and

Cramlington Casuals accounting for St. Chads by the same score. NESLC Eagles also ran up a big score of  9 – 1 when beating Cramlington Stingers.

 Young Peter Smallcombe who plays for the Casuals did extremely well at the Tipton Grand Prix when he reached the final of the band three event but unfortunately lost out to Carl Baldry of Cornwall. He had earlier reached the semi finals of the Band four before losing to Scotland’s Danny Bajwa.

Another Casuals player, Andrew Wilkinson is now at number two in the latest National Veterans rankings.

Another veteran, Tony Gelder, was unbeaten for Mount C in division one who beat Tyneside A to go one point ahead of Cramlington Reivers at the top of Division One. Third placed Old England Jacks failed to win for the first time this season when held to a draw by Mitford whose Mick Bull won all of his sets.

The performance of the week was probably in Division Four when the Cramlington Falcons young side held Ouston C to a draw with thirteen year old Archie Stokes getting two sets, his twin bother Archie and eleven year old Oliver Ho each managing one and the twins winning the doubles set. A hat trick from Jamie Milroy made sure that Ouston shared the spoils despite losing their 100 % record. The Falcons stay three points ahead of them at the top of the table although the latter do have a game in hand.

Brandon Anacondas go top of Division Two with a 10 – 0 victory over Cramlington Cobras with Mount E losing out to Matfen Senators and Division Three leaders Old England

FATTS shared the spoils with Saints, Barry Matthews getting a hat trick.

North East Chinese Association have opened up a gap at the top of the Northumbria Table Tennis League Premier Division after winning 8 – 2 away at Mount B with Adam Webster and Chun Yin Yu both winning all of their matches. They are now eight points ahead of Mount A and nine ahead of Cramlington Casuals although the latter have a game in hand. 

Saint Chads came back to form with an emphatic 9 –  1  victory over NESLC Eagles with father and son Keith and Josh Weatherby winning all of their singles and combining to take the doubles set. The foot of the table clash between Cramlington Tigers and Newton A saw the Tigers win 7 – 3.

The Chinese club greatly strengthened their B team by the inclusion of the very highly rated student Harry Saxton who won all  of his matches as they inflicted the first defeat of the season on Cramlington Reivers winning 8 – 2 in Division One. 

In Division Two John Donnelly, Jim Robertson and Don Catley gave Tyneside B a three set start over leaders Mount E before Alan Livingstone pulled one back. The Tyneside team then went 4 – 1 up after a very tight doubles set when Robertson and Donnelly won the first end 17 – 1 before needing  a 12 – 10 win in the fifth against Livingstone and Dave Bannon. But two  wins for Mick Hope and one each by Livingstone and Bannon put Mount 5 – 4 ahead before the match ended all square when Donnelly beat Bannon in the final set.

Steve Dawson was unbeaten for Saints in Division Three to help them to win 6 – 4 away at Brandon Bravehearts whilst Daniel McManus won all of his matches for Cramlingon Jaguars who defeated Tyneside B 6 -4. The Cramlington derby between Casuals and Ravens also finished 6 – 4 with Richard Williamson, Alan Hedley and Phil Smith getting two each but all losing out to young Ethan Brown.

Only one point now separates the top three teams in the Premier Division of the Northumbria League.  North East Chinese Association and Mount A are just ahead of Cramlington Casuals although the Mount have played one game more. The Chinese side of Chun Yin Yu, Nuradin Muktar and junior Adam Webster edged ahead by beating Cramlington Stingers 10 – 0 although the Stingers were up against it when one of their players was forced to pull out at the last minute.

Graeme Barella and Anthony Ainley were unbeaten for Mount A as they defeated Cramlington Tigers 7 – 3 while Cramlington Casuals won 8 – 2 against Prudhoe and District A.

The other Premier Division match saw Dan Dodds and Jamie Dent get hat tricks for Mount B who beat Newton A 8 – 2. 

It was a really good week for The Mount club with all five of their teams recording victories. In addition to the two Premier Division sides unbeaten performances by Tony Gelder and Dan Dodds helped the C team to success in Division One over Prudhoe B and an all round  effort with two wins apiece from John Russell, Bill Edwards and Mike Bradley gave their D team a 7 -3 win over Cramlington Cobras in Division two. In the same division the E side had Alex Smith in fine form and his hat trick helped them to defeat Ouston B 7 – 3.

Matfen Tribunes were defeated for the first time in Division three in a top of the table battle against Old England FATTS  whose Barry Matthews was unbeaten in a 7 – 3 victory.

Hat tricks from Peter Seago of Whitley Chapel and Steve Dawson of Saints helped their teams to narrow 6 – 4 wins against Cramlington Ravens and Cramlington Corinthians respectively.

The top two sides in the fourth division both had comfortable 9 – 1 victories with Ouston C defeating Cramlington Dragons and Cramlington Falcons accounting for the club’s Magpies. 

The North East Chinese Association are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Premier Division of the Northumbria league this season after two new top class signings in Nuradin Muktar from Stockton and Rotherham’s Harry Saxton who is at Newcastle University. Along with their star man Chun Yin Yu ,ever improving junior Adam Webster as well as Sam Bailey from Cleveland they should certainly be challenging for honours this season.  Chun, Webster and Saxton  visited the unbeaten Saint Chads side of  Keith Weatherby, Jimmy Scope and Charlotte Weatherbyand came away with a 10 – 0 victory.  The clash between the two Mount teams saw the A side of Graeme Barella, Anthony Ainley and Phil Prady win without dropping a set to go top of the table.

Brandon Anacondas took over top spot in division two when Lee Tinkler, Paul Dale and Jamie Lupton triumphed 9 – 1 over Cramlington Trojans whose only success came when Blair Carmichael defeated Dale.

Saint Chads suffered a further set back when they visited a young third division side Cramlington Jaguars in the handicap cup and lost out 2 – 7, Daniel McManus and Jamie Hall making the most of their points start to win all of their sets. 

Matfen Senators and Tyneside TTC B had a close fought cup encounter when two wins each from Alex Holliday and Neil Forsyth gave the Senators a 4 – 2 lead before Don Catley and John Carr levelled things at 4 – 4 leaving Holliday to play Jim Robertson in the deciding set. Robertson was on the brink of winning the match for the Tyneside club  at 20 – 16  up in the second game having won the first but Holliday fought back to take it 22 -20 and went on to win the third 21 – 16 and put Matfen into the second round.

Other results in the cup saw Newton A defeat their C team 9 – 0, Ouston B win 8 – 1 away to Newton B and Old England FATTS triumph 6 – 3 over Ouston A. 

The Northumberland County Veterans team of Andrew Wilkinson, Eddie Smith, Jim Stamas and Christine Burke played their first matches in the County Championships Veterans Premier Division, having been promoted last season. Unfortunately they lost their opening match 2 – 8 to Warwickshire, both of their sets coming from Wilkinson.  They fared better in their second one with the three men winning one singles each and Smith and Wilkinson winning the mens doubles encounter.                                                                                                                                    Burke and Wilkinson won one each in their next game against Kent, Wilkinson and Smith won the mens doubles and Burke combined with Wilkinson to take the mixed but they went down 4 – 6

The Northumbria League champions, Cramlington Casuals rested Wilkinson and Steve Penman when they played their Tigers team but still ran out 9 – 1 winners with young Peter Smallcombe unbeaten as was Marc Cotton. Gareth Pearson won the lone set for the Tigers, beating University student Kate Roberts.

Old England Jacks beat N.E.C.A. B team 8 – 2 and have now won their opening four matches in Division One. Jacob Helm and Joseph Muldowney won all of their sets with Lynne Herrington getting one but losing out to Bernie Morris and Ken Lee.

A close match in division two saw Newton B and Mount D share the spoils with man of the match Newton’s Chas Robertson winning all of his matches.  His team mate John Henderson got two with Bill Edwards doing likewise for Mount whose Mike Bradley and Mick Hope got one each and Hope and Edwards were successful in the doubles.

The top of the table clash in the third division between Brandon Bravehearts and Matfen Tribunes saw the home side taking a 4 – 2 lead and seemingly  set to lower the colours of the visitors for the first time this season. But  all round performances from Nigel Tree who defeated Paul Lupton and Stephen Pattinson, Mark Perrin who had success against the same players and Dave Swan who beat Lupton and Ryan Morton  saw Matfen to a 6 – 4 victory.

Duncan Hindmarsh notched a hat trick for Ouston C in Division Four and with support from Any Harris(2) and Dave Nichols with whom he won the doubles his side beat Matfen Cohorts 7 – 3

Cramlington and Saint Chads have both won all three of their opening matches in the Northumbria League Premier Division. In their latest matches Casuals beat The Mount B team 8 -2, Andrew Wilkinson and Steve Penman both winning all of their sets with new signing Kate Roberts getting one.. The Saint’s team of Jimmy Scope, Keith Weatherby and Josh Weatherby easily accounted for Cramlington Tigers 10 -0.

Unbeaten performances by Graeme Barella and Phil Prady saw The Mount A team beat Cramlington Stingers 8 – 2 and similarily Chun Yin Yu and Adam Webster were undefeated for North East Chinese Association in a 9 – 1 win over NESLC Eagles.

Tyneside TTC A team had a double success away from home in the first division when they beat Prudhoe And District United Services B and N.E.C.A. B, both to the tune of 6 – 4. Mark Patterson was their star player winning all three of his sets at Prudhoe and two at the Chinese club who had Keming Li in fine form with a hat trick.

Cramlington Reivers went to the top of the table by beating The Mount C 7 – 3, Old England Jacks won their third successive match by beating Prudhoe 6 – 4 , their Crocks side beat Ouston A 8 – 2 while Matfen Centurians and Mitford shared the spoils.

The Mount E team of Dave Bannon, Mick Hope and Caron Guthrie  kept up their winning start to the season in division two 7 – 3 away to Cramlington Swifts, Guthrie getting a hat trick while Ouston B and Brandon Anacondas both recorded 8 – 2 victories against Trojans and Tyneside B respectively.

Matfen Tribunes continue to dominate division three after an 8 – 2 success over Corinthians and Brandon Bravehearts with Stephen Pattinson and Ryan Morton both unbeaten in a 9 – 1 win at Tyneside C are in second place although Old England FATTS  6 – 4 win at Cramlington Spartans was their third in a row.

Ouston C look to be the strongest team in division four and their side of Duncan Hindmarsh, Jamie Milroy and Shirley Robson came away from Cramlington Dynamos with a 9 – 1 win under their belts.