The Cramlington Stingers team of David Graham, Iain Wood and Bonne Habekost and NESLC Eagles played out a draw in the Premier Division of the Tesco Express Northumbria League. Graham and Habekost put the Stingers two up with wins over Jim Stamas and Dave Swan but Steve Penman pulled one back for the Eagles with victory over Wood. Graham then beat Swan before the Eagles combination of Stamas and Penman won the doubles set. Wood then got the better of Stamas but Penman won his encounter with Habekost. A win for Wood over Swan took the Stingers to a 5 – 3 lead but Penman defeated Graham to complete his hat-trick and it ended up all square when Stamas won the last set of the match against Habekost.
The Legends cruised to a 10 – 0 victory over Seaburn Dene and North Shields YMCA won 6 – 4 away to Blaydon A.
The top match in the fourth division was the clash between Cramlington Lions and Cramlington Swifts with the Lions knowing that they needed to win 7 – 3 to overhaul the Swifts and claim the fourth division title. The Swifts had strenthened their team with the inclusion of Arran Kent at number three but they received a blow at the last minute when one of their leading players, Greg Bojke was ill and could not play and they had to bring in another young player, Alex Dyter with Kent moving up to number two.
Jim Broadbent gave the Lions the start they needed when he beat Kent in the opening set. Tomasz Orzechowski levelled matters but Ken Brown restored the lead with victory over young Dyter. Kent then proved his worth for the Swifts by beating Terry Duff but the next two sets were won by the Lions. Orzechowski got the Swifts back in it again by winning against Brown and the young Dyter defeated Duff to give the Swifts the four sets they needed to clinch the title. Brown and Broadbent made the final score 6 – 4 to the Lions and with Cramlington Dynamos taking two sets in their away match at Newton it means that they finish up as runners- up.
Young Jack Quinn turned in the performance of the week when he defeated Maccabi’s experienced veteran Harold Young when playing for the Ravens. Maccabi won the match 7 – 3 but it was Young’s first defeat of the season.