In the Premier Division Mount A beat Matfen Senators 8-2. Anthony Ainley and Phil Prady both won three games for the Mount team and combined to win the doubles. The points for Matfen came from good wins by Alex Holliday and Neil Forsyth over Bailey Pye. Cramlington Casuals had a 6-4 win away to Old England Jacks. Cramlington’s James Bradbury, Gareth Pearson and Steve Pearce all won two games. The Old England points came from Steve Penman who won three games and paired up with Jake Helm to win the doubles.

In Division 1 NECA B had a straightforward 10-0 win over Brandon Anacondas. The NECA team of David Byers, Ken Lee and Jamie Collins proved too strong for their opponents. In the game between Mitford and Cramlington Tigers, Mitford raced into a 5-1 lead thanks to wins by Barry Hill, Karen Henry and Michael Bull but then the Tigers fought back to secure a 5-5 draw with wins from Oliver Ho, Bernie McArdle and Pete Wilkinson. Prudhoe B had a 6-4 win away to Ouston A. The points for Prudhoe came from Ryan Campbell who won two games, Duncan Fraser two games and Maurice Cheek one game.

In Division 2 with Mount E not playing Old England Crocks took the opportunity to go back to the top of the league with a 5-5 draw against Cramlington Swifts. Barry Matthews was player of the match winning three games for Old England. Tyneside B had a 7-3 win over Matfen Tribunes, Tyneside’s John Carr was player of the match winning three games with Jim Robertson winning two games and Don Catley one game. In the all Cramlington affair between Cramlington Reivers and Cramlington Trojans the Trojans could not field a full team and ended up losing 7-3. Jack Cairns offered some resistance for the Trojans winning games against Michael Dunn and Joe Swinburn. Cramlington Spartans had a good 6-4 win against higher placed Ouston B. Rob Lee was player of the match winning three games for the Spartans.

In Division 3 with Brandon Bravehearts pushing hard for promotion they had a straightforward 10-0 won against bottom of the table Ouston D. The Brandon team of Paul Dale, Jamie Westwater and John Spencer proved too strong for their opponents. Top placed Mount F had an 8-2 win over Newton B with John Rowell winning three games, Michael Bradley two games and William Edwards two games. Newton’s resistance came from Thomas Manuel who won two games. Matfen Cohorts had a 6-4 win over Saints with Mark Perrin, David Crompton and Richard Rayfield all winning two games. Cramlington Cobras lost 7-3 to Matfen Whitely Chapel with Stefan Sobell player of the match for Matfen winning three games.

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Over this week end The Sporting Club hosted the Northumberland Junior tournament and the Northumberland Closed Tournament. Seventy-three players took part over the two tournaments which took place on Friday 14 February and Saturday 15 February.

In the Junior tournament Adam Webster secured his fifth consecutive win in the Junior singles beating the quickly improving Oliver Ho from Cramlington in the final. Adam who is ranked number 18 in the current England Junior rankings; and is sure to go higher after recent wins against higher ranked players in recent County representative matches, collected The Norman Moore Memorial Cup.

In the Cadet singles Oliver secured a win against Tyneside’s Leo Conn. The pair both play in the Northumbria League team in the National Cadet league and the first end between them was very close with some great attacking table tennis being played by both players. Oliver was awarded The Harry Dignan Cup for winning the Cadet Singles.

The Under 13 Singles was the closest game of the night with Cramlington’s Jessica Yang coming out on top in three ends against Brian Granada from St Mary’s Catholic school. The score was 9-11, 13-11 and 11-9 to Jessica showing how close the game was.

The Under 12 singles was played in a group format with Jake Hill from John Spence school coming out in first place with Josiah McQueen from St Oswalds school in second place.

In the Northumberland Closed tournament was the final of the Open Singles. This was contested between Andrew Wilkinson and Graeme Barella who are ranked 29 and 39 respectively in the England national rankings.  This time Graeme Barella came out on top and received The Alan Morpeth Memorial Cup for the third consecutive year.

The winner of the Women’s Singles and recipient of the Philomena Clark trophy was Lynne Herrington who beat Kit Robinson in the final. This is the 14th year that Lynne has won the Women’s Singles in the Northumberland tournament.

In the Veterans competition Andrew Wilkinson who is ranked number 4 in the current England Veteran rankings defeated his long time teammate Steve Penman in the final. This year there was an inaugural Over 60s singles competition which was won by Alex Holliday from the Matfen club who beat Dave Cutler from the Dunston based Mount club.

For this first time this year the Northumberland Closed featured a consolation singles competition for those players who were knocked out in the group phase of the Open Singles. The inaugural winner was Ken Lee from the North East Chinese Association club who beat Newcastle University’s Matthew Hopkins in a five end thriller that could have gone either way.

After his success in the Junior tournament Oliver Ho continued that form into the Northumberland Closed wining the Handicap singles and the Band 4 Singles. The Handicap singles is based on relative ranking of players and they either start with a points lead or a points deficit. In the final Oliver was pushed by his more experienced Cramlington club mate Nigel Rodgers but ended up winning a close game. In the Band 4 singles Oliver faced another Cramlington club mate, Anthony Doyle, and this game went to five ends with Anthony pulling back from being 2 nil down to level at 2 all before Oliver won the fifth and deciding end.

The other banded singles winners were players play against players of a similar grading were; Steve Penman won the Band 1 singles for the 14th time defeating Jeremy Hamshaw from Newcastle University; in the Band 2 singles David Cutler beat club mate Rod Roberts; in the Band 3 singles Tyneside’s Dean Eadington defeated Mount’s Ethan Brown; and in the Band 5 singles there was an all Cramlington affair between Joe Hastings and Alan Roskilly which Joe ended up winning in a close 5 end game.

The final competition was a doubles in which players are paired up randomly. The winners this year were Chris Blake from St Chads in Sunderland and Cramlington Anthony Doyle who beat the pairing of Dave Cutler from Mount and John Henderson from Newton.

In the Premier Division both Cramlington teams were in action in the week. Cramlington Casuals had a 6-4 win over Prudhoe A which moved the Casuals above Prudhoe in the table. It was a very close game between the two teams which saw James Bradbury getting player of the match for Cramlington winning three games. Cramlington Stingers had a tougher game against St Chads which ended in a 7-3 win for St Chads. Chris Blake and George Gibson both won three games and paired up to win the doubles for St Chads.

In Division 1 top placed Newcastle University were unable to field a full team and were beaten 7-3 by bottom placed NECA B. David Byers was in good form for NECA winning all of his games. The game between Newton A and Matfen Centurions ended in a 5-5 draw. Graeme Bell won three games for Newton and was supported by David Lucas who won two games; the Matfen points came from Phil Rainford who won two games with Chris Kilsby and Keith Hodges winning one game each. The game between Ouston A and Brandon Anacondas ended up as a 6-4 win for Ouston. Jon Mawson was in good form for Ouston winning three games with support from Michael Lyons who won two games. Prudhoe B beat Mitford 6-4 with Ryan Campbell and Jordan Dove both winning two games for Prudhoe.

In Division 2 top of the table Mount E suffered their first defeat of the season. They went down to an 8-2 loss against Ouston B. Michael Lyons and Mark Rodgers were in good form for Ouston as they both won their three games and combined to win the doubles. That loss for enabled second placed Old England Crocks to make up some ground which they did with a 6-4 win over Cramlington Reivers.  Joe Perrin, Nigel Coe and Barry Matthews all won two games each to secure the win but player of the match was Cramlington’s Bernie McArdle who won three games. Matfen Tribunes had a straightforward 8-2 win over Cramlington Spartans with Matfen’s Nigel Tree and Pete Seago both winning three games. Tyneside B had a 7-3 win over Cramlington Trojans with Tyneside’s Dean Eadington winning three games and Jim Robertson two games.

In Division 3 there was a top of the table clash between Mount F and Brandon Bravehearts which ended in a 5-5 draw. Paul Dale was the player of the match winning three games for Brandon. There was another 5-5 draw in the all Cramlington game between the Jaguars and Cobras. The game was close and all players won one or two games. Matfen Cohorts had a 7-3 win over Ouston D. David Crompton won his three games for Matfen and was supported by Mark Perrin who won two games and Linda Pinkham one game.

In Division 4 the top placed team Cramlington Dynamos proved too strong for Cramlington Knights as they had a straightforward 10-0 win with Alan Roskilly, Ojas Aggarwal and Tony Roskilly all winning their three games. Second placed Cramlington Dragons lost ground to the Dynamos after they went down to an 8-2 defeat to Cramlington Lions. Freddie McKenna and John MacKenna were both in good form the Lions both winning their three games. In a bottom of the table clash Cramlington Magpies secured a 7-3 win over Cramlington Colts with Sara Haddi getting player of the match after winning her three games for the Magpies. This moved Cramlington Magpies off bottom place and above the Colts.

This week was round 3 of the knockout cup and 8 games were played in the week.

There was an all Cramlington game between Cramlington Cobras and Cramlington Falcons. The young Falcons team of Oliver Ho, Archie Stokes and Alfie Stokes had a convincing 7-0 win despite giving a points advantage under the handicap rules to the more experienced Cobras’ players.

The Tyneside B team of John Carr, Dean Eadington and James Moore had a straightforward 6-3 win against the Cramlington Dragons.  The Dragons flying high in Division 4 couldn’t convert the points advantage they had against each of the Tyenside players into an overall win with only one game going to a third end.

The game between Mount A and Newton B ended up in a straightforward 5-0 win for the Mount A team of Ethan Brown, Dan Dodds and Will McCallum. Despite conceding a points advantage to the Newton players the Mount A secured a comprehensive win with none of the games going to a third end.

The game between Premier division rivals Matfen Senators and Mont B ended in a 5-1 win the Mount team. There were some close games but the Mount team of Rod Roberts, Bailey Pye and Alan Livingstone proved too strong for their opponents.

The game between NECA and Brandon Bravehearts was even after the first four games but Brandon won the last 5 games to secure the overall game with a 7-2 win.

There was a close game between Ouston B and Cramlington Swifts which ended in a 5-4 win for the Ouston team. Cramlington had taken a 4-3 lead before Mike Lyons and Jeff McKenna won the last two singles games to secure the win for Ouston.

The game between Ouston C and St Chads ended in a 5-3 win for Ouston. The Ouston players Duncan Hindmarsh, Dave Nichols and Harry Veitch had some significant points advantages against the Premier Division St Chads players of Keith Weatherby, Chris Blake and Dave Bissett which they used to their advantage in securing the win.

In the game between Mount C and Ouston A the Mount team of Mike Bradley, William Edwards and Mick Hope went into a 4-2 lead but couldn’t close the game out as the Ouston players Jon Mawson, Tom Fowle and Kevin Richardson fought back to win the last three singles and secure a 5-4 win.

There was only one league game in the week, in Division 1 Mount D had a straightforward 8-2 win over Cramlington Tigers. Alec Smith was player of the match winning three games for Mount with Lee Eadington and Mohinder Rawat both winning two games. The points for Cramlington came from Bernie McArdle who beat Eadington and Rawat.

NORTHUMBRIA TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE

KO HANDICAP CUP 2019 – 2020:  Draw for Round 4

To be played in (or before) week commencing 2nd March 2020

A specific week set aside for these matches.

  Home team   Away team Normal Home Night
1 Mount B V Ouston A Wednesday
2 Ouston C V Brandon Bravehearts Friday
3 Cramlington Falcons V Ouston B Thursday
4 Mount A V Tyneside B Wednesday

In the Premier Division Mount A played Cramlington Stingers and came out on top with a 6-4 win. Anth Barella was player of the match winning three games for Mount with Anthony Ainley and Phil Prady winning one game each. Both Nigel Rodgers and Lewis Cadden won two games for the Stingers. There was a close game between Old England Jacks and St Chads which ended in a 6-4 win for St Chads. Josh Weatherby was player of the match winning three games for St Chads with Keith Weatherby winning two games and the pair combining to win the doubles. Mount C beat Matfen Senators 8-2 with Dave Cutler and Rod Roberts both winning three games; Justin Tetlow won two games to complete the win.

In Division 1 Newcastle University extended their lead at the top despite only fielding two players after a 6-4 win against Mount D.  Jack Formby was player of the match winning three games for the University with Matthew Hopkins winning two games and the pair combining to win the doubles. Tyneside A took the opportunity to capitalise on Mount D’s defeat to move clear in second place after a 7-3 win against Newton A. Mitford moved off the bottom after a 9-1 win against Brandon Anacondas who could only field two players. Karen Henry, Bob Atwell and Barry Hill proved too strong for their opponents. In a close game between Matfen Centurions and Cramlington Tigers the Cramlington team came out on top with a 6-4 win. Jimmy Scope was player of the match winning three games for Cramlington with Peter Wilkinson winning two and Lynsey Storey one.

In Division 2 Mount E maintained their top position with an 8-2 win over Ouston C. Alan Livingstone was player of the match winning three games for Mount with Charlie Mouzon and Michael Hope wining two games each. Old England Crocks maintain second place after a 6-4 win over Tyneside B. Barry Matthews was player of the match winning three games for Old England, Joe Perrin won two and Nigel Coe one. Third placed Cramlington Falcons closed the gap a little after an 8-2 win over Cramlington Swifts. Oliver Ho was player of the match wining three games for the Falcons with Alfie and Archie Stokes winning two games each. In a second all Cramlington game the Spartans beat the Trojans 7-3. Rob Lee was player of the match winning three games for the Spartans. Ouston B had a 7-3 win over Matfen Tribunes. Ouston’s win came from Mike Lyons with three wins, Jeff McKenna with two wins and Duncan Hindmarsh with one win.

In Division 3 top placed Mount F played bottom placed Ouston D. Mount came out on top with a 7-3 win. John Rowell and William Edwards both winning three games. Second placed Brandon Bravehearts played third placed Matfen Whitley Chapel. The Brandon extended the gap between the two teams with a 7-3 win. Paul Dale was player of the match with three wins for Brandon with Jamie Westwater and Alan Perry winning two games each. Cramlington Cobras had a 6-4 win over Tyneside C. James Ainsley and Alan Hedley won two games each with Steve Ralph winning one game. Paul Conn and Leo Conn had two wins each for Tyneside. There was 5-5 draw between Newton B and Cramlington Jaguars. The Cramlington had taken a 5-3 lead but Newton won the last two singles games to secure the draw. John Henderson was player of the match for Newton winning three games.

In Division 4 there was top of the table clash between Cramlington Dragons and Cramlington Dynamos. Cramlington Dynamos came out on top with an 8-2 win thanks to Alan Roskilly and Rohan Rawat who both won three games. The win moved Cramlington Dynamos back to the top of the table. Cramlington Lions had a comfortable 7-3 win over Cramlington Magpies with John McKenna and Freddie McKenna both winning three games. Cramlington Colts overcame Cramlington Knights by the same score. Andrew Rutherford and Noah Rutherford both won three games for the Colts.

NORTHUMBRIA TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE

KO HANDICAP CUP 2019 – 2020:  Draw for Round 4

To be played in (or before) week commencing 2nd March 2020

A specific week set aside for these matches.

  Home team   Away team Normal Home Night
1 Mount B V Ouston A Wednesday
2 Ouston C V Brandon Bravehearts Friday
3 Cramlington Falcons V Ouston B Thursday
4 Mount A V Tyneside B Wednesday

Entry forms are now available for the two Northumberland tournaments via the league (TT365) web-site. The Northumberland Junior tournament takes place on Friday 14 February and the Northumberland Closed tournament on Saturday 15 February at The Sporting Club, Cramlington. In response to feedback an Over 60s competition has been added to the schedule for the Closed tournament for the first time and we are aiming to include a plate competition as well. 

The Northumbria league Junior team of Oliver Ho, Jack Cairns, Alan Roskilly and Harry Veitch were in action in the National Junior league. They won their three games against Ormesby C, Darlington A and Ormesby B which puts them into top place of the seven team group with one more round of games to play.

In the Premier Division there was a straightforward 9-1 win for NECA A away to Cramlington Casuals. Adam Webster and Andrew Wilkinson both won their three games for NECA. Only Duncan Wraight offered any resistance for the Casuals beating Lee Tinkler in a close 5 end game to secure the point for the Casuals. Matfen Senators had a good 6-4 win against Cramlington Stingers. Stpehn Oxley was player of the match winning three games for Matfen; Alex Holliday won two games and Neil Forsyth one game to secure the win. With Graeme Barella back in the team Mount A had an 8-2 win against Old England Jacks. Barella won his three games with Ant Ainley and Phil Prady both winning two games.

In Division 1 Mount D had a straightforward 9-1 win over Newton A. The Mount team of Ethan Brown, Justin Tetlow and Shirley Gelder proved too strong for their opponents. Top placed Newcastle University had an 8-2 over Ouston A with the University players Jeremy Hamshaw and Robin Francis both winning three games. Prudhoe B had a 7-3 win over Matfen Centurions. Prudhoe’s Jordan Dove was player of the match winning three games with Duncan Fraser and Ryan Campbell winning two games each. Only Matfen’s Chris Kilsby offered any resistance winning two games. There was a close game between Cramlington Tigers and Tyneisde A which ended in a 5-5 draw. Player of the match was Cramlington Jimmy Scope who won three games.

In Division 2 Mount E had a straightforward 9-1 win over Cramlington Swifts. Alan Livingstone and Charlie Mouzon both winning three games. The consolation point for Cramlington came from Anthony Doyle who beat Will McCallum. There was closer game for second placed Old England Crocks who narrowly beat Cramlington Spartans 6-4. In the all Cramlington game between Cramlington Flacons and Cramlington Reivers it was the Falcons who came out of top with an 8-2 win. The Falcons Oliver Ho was player of the match winning three games including a win over the experienced Bernie McArdle who had been unbeaten in the league until this game.

In Division 3 the top two teams continue to stretch their lead at the top of the table. Mount F had an 8-2 win over Matfen Whitley Chapel. William Edwards and Michael Bradley both winning their three games for the Mount team. Brandon Bravehearts had a 9-1 win over Cramlington Jaguars. Jamie Westwater and Paul Dale both winning three games with Alan Perry winning two games. Cramlington Cobras secured a 6-4 win over Saints. The Cobras team of Alan Hedley, James Ainsley and Steve Ralph all won two games each but player of the match went to the Saint’s John Cook who won three games. Tyneside C had a 6-4 win over Newton B with player of the match going to Tyneside’s Leo Conn who won three games.

In Division 4 Cramlington Dragons had a straightforward 10-0 win over Cramlington Colts which moved them back to the top of the table. The Dragons team of Pauline Long, Stephen Baxter and Paul Athey proved too string for their opponents.  Cramlington Dynamos had a 7-3 win over Cramlington Lions. Alan Roskilly was player of the match winning three games for the Dynamos. Cramlington Magpies secured a 6-4 win over Cramlington Knights. The Magpies team of Joel Dyter, Nathan Hume and Sara Haddi all won two games each but player of the match went to the Knight’s Jessica Yang who won three games.

In the Premier Division there was a bottom of the table clash between Old England Jacks and Matfen Senators. Old England came out on top with a 6-4 win thanks to Steve Penman who won three games and Jake Helm who won two games; and Steve Penman pairing up with Dave Craddock to win the doubles.  The game was close throughout and went to the last game which saw Jake Helm beat Alex Holliday in the firth end to secure the win for Old England. There was an equally close game between Cramlington Stingers and Mount C which ended in a 6-4 win for the Mount team. Mount’s Bailey Pye made the difference as he won his three games, supported by Dave Cutler and Rod Roberts who won one game each.

In Division 1 with Newcastle University not playing Tyneside A lost the opportunity to go back to top spot after they suffered a 6-4 defeat against Prudhoe B. The Prudhoe team of Ryan Campbell, Jordan Dove and Duncan Fraser all own two games. Tyneside’s Mark Kimberly was player of the match winning three games. Ouston A had a 7-3 win over Mitford which keeps Mitford at the bottom of the table. Ouston’s Bernie Morris was player of the match winning three games. Brandon Anacondas had a 6-4 win over Matfen Centurions. Brandon’s Ian Pattinson was plater of the match winning three games.

In Division 2 top placed Mount E had a 7-3 win over Cramlington Reivers. Mount’s win was secured by Will McCallum, Alan Livingstone and Caron Guthrie all won two games each. Cramlington’s Bernie McArdle maintained his 100% record in this division winning all three games. Old England Crocks had a straightforward 9-1 win over Matfen Tribunes. Old England’s Barry Matthews, Joe Perrin and Nigel Coe proved too strong for their opponents. Third placed Cramlington Flacons lost a little ground on the top two teams with a 5-5 draw against Tyneside B. Tyneside’s Dean Eadington was player of the match winning three games. Cramlington Swifts had an 8-2 win over Ouston C, Phil Teah-Smith was player of the match winning three games with Anthony Doyle and Richard Williamson winning two games each. Ouston B had an 8-2 win Cramlington Trojans. Ouston’s Michael Lyons and Mark Rodgers both winning their three games.

In Division 3 top placed Mont F had a straightforward 9-1 win over Cramlington Jaguars. John Rowell and William Edwards both proved too strong for their opponents winning their three games with Michael Bradley adding two games. The Jaguars’ consolation point came from Abdel Warayet. Brandon Bravehearts keep up the pressure on Mount with an 8-2 win over Tyneside C. Paul Dale and Jamie Westwater both winning three games. Matfen Whitley Chapel had an 8-2 win over bottom placed Ouston D. Stefan Sobell was player of the match winning three games with David Crompton and William Martin both winning two games each; Ian Cumpson won two games for Ouston. Newton B had a 6-4 win over Saints. Steve Dawson won three games and was player of the match despite being on the losing side. Cramlington Cobras had an 8-2 win over Matfen Cohorts with James Ainsley winning three games and supported by Alan Hedley and Steve Ralph who both won two games.

In Division 4 there were straightforward wins for the top two teams. Cramlington Dynamos secured an 8-2 win over Cramlington Colts. Rohan Rawat and Alan Roskilly were too strong for the Colts players each winning three games; and pairing up to win the doubles. Cramlington Dragons had a 9-1 win over Cramlington Magpies. Pauline Long and Stephen Baxter both won three games for the Dragons and Paul Athey won two games. The Magpies consolation point came from a good win by Nathan Hume over Athey. Cramlington Lions had an 8-2 win over Cramlington Knights with John McKenna and Freddie McKenna both winning their three games; and pairing up to win the doubles. The Knights’ points came from wins by Jessica Yang and Joel Dyter over Daniel Harrison.

With the league moving into it’s xmas break there was not the usual full fixture list, the only games taking place were games re-arranged games from earlier in the season.

In the Premier Division there was a clash between the bottom two teams in the league which saw Old England Jacks win 6-4 against Matfen Senators. Jake Helm was in good form for Old England winning three games and pairing up with Alan Atkinson to win the doubles; Atkinson won two singles games. Stephen Oxley won two games for Matfen, and Alex Holliday and Neil Forsyth both won one game. Cramlington Stingers had a good win away to Mount C with Steve Pearce coming away with player of the match winning three games and Nigel Rodgers winning two games. St Chads had two games in the week. In the first they overcame an understrength Mount A team who could only field two players in an 8-2 win. Keith Weatherby and Chris Blake both won three games each for St Chads. In the second game St Chads faced NECA A and went down to a 7-3 defeat. NECA won the game with Andrew Wilkinson, Adam Webster and Lee Tinkler all winning two games each. Player of the match went to St Chads Josh Weatherby who won all three games.

In Division 1 Prudhoe B had two games in the week but unfortunately lost both games. In the first they lost 7-3 to Mount D. Mohinder Rawat was player of the match for Mount winning three games with Shirley Gelder winning two and Justin Tetlow one game. The points for Prudhoe came from two wins by Ryan Campbell and one win for Maurice Cheek. In the second game Prudhoe lost to Cramlington Tigers 6-4. Cramlington had Oliver Ho and Bernie McArdle playing up for them; Oliver Ho was player of the match winning three games with Bernie McArdle winning two games and the pair combined to win the doubles. The points for Prudhoe came from two wins by Ryan Campbell and one win for Jordan Dove.

In Division 2 there was an all Cramlington game between Cramlington Spartans and Cramlington Falcons. Cramlington Falcons won the game 6-4 with Oliver Ho player of the match winning three games for the Falcons with Archie Stokes winning two games and Alfie Stokes one game. The Spartans’ point came from Rob Lee with two wins and Sam Nair one point.

In Division 3 Matfen Whitley Chapel had a straightforward win over Saints with a 9-1 win. Pete Seago and Stefan Sobell both won three games for Matfen and William Martin won two games. The consolation point for Saints came as Steve Dawson beat Martin.

In Division 4 there was just one game as Cramlington Lions beat Cramlington Knights 8-2. John McKenna and Freddie McKenna both won three games each for the Lions and paired up to win the doubles.

In the Premier Division there was a straightforward 10-0 win for Prudhoe A over Matfen Senators, The Prudhoe team of Andrew Firrth, Andrew Benjamin and Peter Stempczk proved too strong for their Matfen opponents. The Cramlington Stingers came out of top in the game against Cramlington Casuals. Nigel Rodgers and Lewis Cadden were both unbeaten for the Stingers winning their three games and Steve Pearce won two games. Only James Bradbury offered any resistances for the Casuals winning one game. Mount C defeated Old England Jacks 7-3 with Baily Pye, Dave Cutler and Rod Roberts all winning two games for Cramlington; Jake Helm was player of the match despite being on the losing side after winning his three games.  

In Division 1 Newton A had a 7-3 win over Cramlington Tigers. Newton’s John Russell, Dave Lucas and John Henderson all won two games each as well as the doubles to secure the win. Cramlington’s Jimmy Scope was player of the match as he won his three games. Tyneside A had a 7-3 win over Brandon Anacondas, Tyneside’s Mark Kimberley was player of the match winning three games, with Mark Patterson two games and Rob Lawson one game. NECA B had two games in the week and being unable to field a full team in either game lost both. In the first game they lost 8-2 to Mount D with Justin Tetlow winning three games supported by Ethan Brown and Shirley who both won two games each. In the second game they lost 9-1 to Matfen Centurions with Chris Kilsby and Stephen Oxley both winning three games each.

In Division 2 Mount E maintained top spot after a 6-4 win over Tyneside B. Charlie Mouzon and Alan Livingstone both won two games each and Mick Hope one game with Mouzon and Livingstone pairing up to win the doubles. Player of the match went to Tyneside’s Dean Eadington who won his three games. Old England Crocks keep up the pressure in second spot after a 6-4 win against Cramlington Trojans. Alan Atkinson and Brian Bateman both won two games each and Joe Perrin one game with Atkinson and Bateman pairing up to win the doubles. Player of the match went to Cramlington’s Israel Shoedinde who won his three games. Ouston B beat Cramlington Swifts 6-4 with Michael Lyons, Mark Rodgers and Jeff McKenna all wining two games each for Ouston; Richard Williamson won two games and Jamie Hall one for Cramlington. The game between Cramlington Reivers and Ouston C ended in a 5-5 draw. The Cramlington team had taken a 4-2 lead but then singles’ wins from Jamie Milroy, Harry Veitch and Shirley Robson put Oustn into a 5-4 lead. Bernie McArdle won the final singles game for Cramlington to secure the draw and player of the match as he won his three games.

The top two teams in Division 3 both had straightforward wins this week. Top placed Mount F had a 9-1 win over Tyneside C. Mount’s Michael Bradley and William Edwards both won three games each and Jamaal Akhtar won two games. The consolation point for Tyneside was gained by Leo Conn who beat Akhtar. Second placed Brandon Bravehearts had a 9-1 win over Saints. Brandon’s Paul Dale and John Spencer both won three games each and Alan Perry won two games. The consolation point for Saints was gained by Steve Dawson who beat Perry. Newton B had an 8-2 win over Matfen Cohorts. Newton’s John Henderson and Toby Lowe both won three games each and Tom Manuel won two games. The consolation points for Matfen were gained by Mark Perrin who beat Manuel and they won the doubles. Cramlington Jaguars had two games in the week and lost both 7-3. In the first game they played Matfen Whitley Sobell with Matfen’s Stefan Sobell player of the match winning three games. In the second game they played Saints where Saints Steve Dawson and John Cook both won three games each.

In Division 4 Cramlington Dragons had a straightforward 10-0 win over Cramlington Knights with the Dragons team of Pauline Long, Stephen Baxter and Paul Athey proving too strong for their opponents. Cramlington Dynamos had an 8-2 win over Cramlington Magpies with Alan Roskilly gaining player of the match after winning his three games for the Dynamos. Tony Roskilly and Rohan Rawat won two games each for the Dynamos. Cramlington Lions had a 7-3 win over the Cramlington Colts with Freddie McKenna and John McKenna both winning three games each.

This week was the second round of the cup competition. There were 14 games played and two games unfortunately conceded which gave byes to the next round for Mount A and Brandon Bravehearts.

The draw resulted some games between teams from the same clubs which generally went the way of the form book. The NECA A team of David Byers, Ken Lee and Kit Robinson beat the NECA B team 6-3. The Ouston C team of Duncan Hindmarsh, James Milroy and Dacvid Nicholls proved too strong for their D team and won 9-0. In the game between Matfen Senators and Matfen Cohorts the Senators had a scare as they went behind 4-2 to the Cohorts but with wins in the last three singles games the Senators team of Alex Holliday, Neil Forsyth and Stephen Oxley eventually won 5-4. In the all Cramlington game the Cramlington Swifts beat the Cramlington Jaguars 5-4. There was a surprise in the all Tyneside game where the B team of Dean Eadington, Jim Roberston and James Moore overcame the A team of Mark Kimberley, Mark Patterson and Steve Dickinson in a 6-3 win.

The Mount B and C teams both had close games but came out on top. In the game between Mount B and Matfen Centurions 7 of the 9 games went to the thirds end and the decider was the final game between Mount’s Rod Roberts and Matfen’s Chris Kilsby. This was a close game between the pair which went to a third end but eventually Rod Roberts came out on top and secured the win for Mount B. In the game between Brandon Anacondas and Mount C the Mount team were 4-3 down but wins in the last two singles’ games for Michael Bradley and Mick Hope secured a 5-4 for Mount C.

In the other games Ouston B beat Cramlington Lions 5-1; Sta Chads beat Whickham Saints 5-1; Newton B beat Cramlington Magpies 5-1; Cramlington Dragons beat Old England FATTS 7-2; Cramlington Cobras beat Matfen Whitley Chapel 6-3; Ouston A beat Cramlington Trojans 6-3 and Cramlington Falcons beat Cramlington Spartans 5-0.

After the second round of matches the Northumbria Junior league team are sitting at the top of the North East table with 44 point from 6 games. They have a good lead from second placed Darlington A with 38 points and third placed Ormesby A with 34 points. In the second of matches the Northumbria team was represented by Jack Cairns, Alan Roskilly, Harry Veitch and Oliver Ho. In the first game they beat Bishop Auckland A 7-2 with three wins for Harry Veitch and two wins each for Jack Cairns and Alan Roskilly. In the second game they beat Ormesby A 5-4 with three wins for Oliver Ho and one each for Alan Roskilly and Harry Veitch. In the third game they beat Bishop Auckland B 8-1 with three wins for Oliver Ho and Jack Cairns; and two wins for Harry Veitch.

There were 3 re-arranged league games in the week. In Division 1 the game between Newcastle University and Newton did not take place as Newton A could not field a team and conceded the game. This gave Newcastle University a 10-0 win and took them back to the top of the table.

In Division 4 Cramlington Dynamos went back to top spot after a 6-4 win over Cramlington Lions. This was a close game which the Dynamos won thanks to Rohan Rawat who won his three games, with Alan Roskilly winning two games and Tony Roskilly one game. In the game between Cramlington Colts and Cramlington Knights neither side could field a full team and the game ended 6-2 to the Colts.

In the Premier Division Cramlington Stingers defeated Old England Jacks 7-3 with Lewis Cadden, Steve Pearce and Nigel Rodgers all winning two games for Cramlington; Steve Penman was player of the match despite being on the losing side after winning his three games. Prudhoe A had a good 7-3 win away to Mount C with Mark O’Connor and Andy Benjamin both winning three games each and combing to win the doubles. There was straightforward 8-2 win for St Chads over Cramlington Casuals. Keith Weatherby was in good form for St Chads winning three games and player of the match, Chris Blake and Paul Baines won two games each. Duncan Wraight won two games for the Casuals. There was a high quality game between Mount A and NECA A which ended up with NECA winning 6-4 and maintaining top spot in the division. Player of the match was Andrew Wilkinson who won his three games. Wilkinson has just gone to 20th place in the national senior men rankings and edged out Mount’s Graeme Barella in a close game, Barella who is also ranked in the top 50 of the senior men. Also, playing were two nationally ranked juniors, Ben Piggott who is ranked 7th in the national junior boys played his first game for Mount and won two games, Adam Webster who is ranked 17th in the junior boys was playing for NECA. Mount B could not field a side for the game against Matfen Senators so Matfen gained a 10-0 walkover.

In Division 1 Tyneside A maintained top spot after a 5-5 draw with NECA B. David Byers was in good form for NECA winning three games and was supported by Ken Lee who won two games. Tyneside opened up a gap at the top of the table after Newcastle University went down to a 7-3 defeat to bottom placed Cramlington Tigers. Cramlington had division 2 players Bernie McCardle and Oliver Ho playing up for them and with regular Pete Wilkinson all three Cramlington players won two games. Only Jack Formby offered any resistance for the University team as he won his three games. Newton A moved into promotion contention after a 7-3 win over Prudhoe B. Graeme Bell continues his good form for Newton winning three games, John Russell won two games and Dave Lucas one game. Brandon Anacondas bounced back after last week’s defeat to beat Mount D 7-3. Stephen Pattinson and Ian Richardson were in good form for Brandon both winning three games and combining to win the doubles. Ouston A had a 7-3 win over Matfen Centurions with Bernie Morris player of the match winning his three games. Mitford had a 6-4 win over NECA B with Dale Aitkenhead player of the match winning his three games.

In Division 2 Mount E maintained top spot after a 7-3 win over Cramlington Spartans. Will McCallum won his three games with Michael Hope and Charlie Mouzon winning two games. Cramlington’s Jamie Hall had two good wins against the more experienced Mouzon and Hope. Old England Crocks keep up the pressure on Mount with an 8-2 win over Ouston D. Brian Bateman and Joe Perrin both won three games for Old England with Alan Atkinson winning two games. The all Cramlington game between Cramlington Swifts and Cramlington Reivers ended in a 5-5 draw. Bernie McCardle was player of the match for the Reivers in a game which went back and forward between the two teams and went down to the last game which saw McCardle beat Phil Teah-Smith to secure the draw for the Reivers. There was another 5-5 draw between Ouston C and Tyneside TTC B. Ouston took a 5-3 lead thanks to two wins apiece from Harry Veitch and Duncan Hindmarsh; and the pair combining to win the doubles. Tyneside hit back with Jim Robertson, Don Catley and Dean Eadington each winning their last singles game to secure the draw. Cramlington Falcons had a straightforward 9-1 win over Matfen Tribunes. Oliver Ho and Archie Stokes both won three games and Alfie Stokes won two games.

In Division 3 top placed Mount F had a straightforward 10-0 win for Mount F Saints. The Mount team of John Rowell, Michael Bradley and William Edwards proved too strong for their opponents. Matfen Whitley Chapel beat Tyneside C 8-2 with Pete Seago gaining player of the match for Matfen winning three games and supported by Stefan Sobell and William Martin who both won two games each; Paul Conn and Leon Conn secured the two wins for Tyneside. In their second game of the week Tyneside C lost a closer game 6-4 against Newton B. Tom Manuel was in good form for Newton winning three games. Cramlington Jaguars beat Ouston D 8-2 with Gavin Wilson winning three games; and Abdel Warayet and Mick Sursham winning two games each.

In Division 4 the top two teams were both in action twice this week. The first game they played each other with Cramlington Dragons coming out on top in a 6-4 win over Cramlington Dynamos. The Dragons secured the win as Pauline Long, Stephen Baxter and Adrian Barnes all won two games each but player of the match went to the Dynamos Alan Roskilly who won his three games. In their second game the Dynamos had a straightforward 9-1 win over Cramlington Knights. Ojas Aggarwal and Alan Roskilly both won their three games for the Dynamos with Rohan Rawat winning two games. The consolation win for the Knights was gained by Jessica Yang. In the Dragons second game they won a close game 6-4 against Cramlington Lions. Pauline Long was player of the match for the Dragons winning three games.