League update 10 Apr 2013

Cramlington Casuals entertained NESLC Eagles in  a match that may well decide the championship of the Northumbria League and were able to include Ryan Richardson, at home from college, in their side in place of his younger brother Dean. With Barry Richardson injured Gary Sangster was brought into the team. On the other hand the Eagles were without their number one player Eddie Smith. Richardson got the Casuals off to a good start with victory over Richard Wilson and Sangster defeated Jim Stamas. This was followed by victory for Andrew Wilkinson over Steve Penman before the Eagles got on the score sheet when Wilson edged home in five ends against Sangster. There was success in the the doubles for the Casuals with Wilkinson and Richardson defeating Stamas and Penman and this was followed by one of the closest matches of the night with Richardson coming from behind to get the better of Penman, winning 11  – 8 in the fifth. Wilkinson then defeated Stamas but Sangster lost out to Penman. Wilkinson and Richardson completed their hat tricks over Wilson and Stamas respectively to make the final score 8 – 2 to the Casuals. With the Eagles having completed their fixtures the Casuals now need thirteen points from their last two matches to take the title

Cramlington Ravens have reached the final of the handicap cup after defeating Old England FATTS in the semis.  Young Arran Kent set them on their way by beating Steve Martin having has a six point start and Tony Quinn did likewise against Nigel Coe, taking advantage of starting seven points ahead.  Another youngster, Adam Shafiq then gave them a lead that they were not to relinquish with victory over Ben D’Arcy, again starting seven points ahead. Martin pulled one back for FATTS by narrowly beating Quinn but Kent and Shafiq won the next to sets to give their side victory.

The Northumberland Veterans team of Jim Stamas, Jimmy Scope, Dale Aitkenhead and Karen Henry were in action in Halifax in the Veterans County Championships Division Three and had mixed fortunes. Having previously beaten Durham they had further wins against Cheshire III and Yorkshire V but lost out to Lancashire II and Staffordshire.