Chris Blake was in fine form in the Tesco Express Northumbria Premier Division when Saint Chads visited NESLC Eagles with victories over Jim Stamas, Steve Penman and Dave Swan as his team won 6 – 4. Jimmy Scope chipped in with two singles wins as well as partnering Blake to success in the doubles. Stamas got a couple of sets for the home side. North Shields YMCA virtually assured themselves of avoiding relegation by beating Seaburn Dene 9 – 1 with both Andrew Dryden and Nigel Rodgers winning all of their sets. On the other hand Seaburn Dene look likely to accompany Blaydon in the drop into the first division as they were also beaten 9 – 1 by Cramlington Stingers.
Cramlington Trojans and Byker B are now both promoted to the Premier Division and the Trojans team of Phil Prady, Akshay Pabary and Paul Baines are favourites to finish on top of the first division after a 10 – 0 home win over Tyne Dock and winning 9 – 1 away to Matfen. Byker were held to a draw by North Fire B which leaves the Trojans one point ahead with a game in hand.
Blaydon B assured themselves of promotion from the second division when they came away from Saints with an 8 – 2 victory under their belts thanks to an unbeaten performance by Rob Scott and two wins each by Shirley Gelder and Maurice Cheek. They will now go up along with runaway winners Newcastle Community A who once again proved to be too good for this division with a 10 – 0 drubbing of third placed Birtley.
Old England FATTS went into their home match with Cramlington Magpies knowing that they needed to get five points to clinch promotion along with Newton C in division three. Barry Matthews, Steve Martin and Nigel Coe made doubly sure by winning 10 – 0. The result also virtually condemns the Magpies to life in the fourth division next season.
The fourth division league cup has now reached the semi final stage with Maccabi due to entertain Cramlington Jaguars and the Lions at home to the Ravens