Saint Columba’s TTC had Duncan Wraight in fine form when he won all of his singles and also the doubles partnered by Dale Aitkenhead as The Mount C team were beaten 7 – 3 in the Premier Division of the Northumbria league. Paul Baines got two singles and Aitkenhead one to complete their scoring. John Williamson won two for the losing side.

Alex Holiday and Neil Forsyth turned in unbeaten performances for Matfen Senators in an 8 – 2 victory over the North East Chinese Association B team to increase their lead at the top of the First Division.  At the other end of the table Cramlington Tigers team of Blair Carmichael, Lynsey Storey and Peter Wilkinson recorded their first win of the season with an 8 – 2 win over Brandon Anacondas to move off the bottom.

John Carr was the man in form when his hat trick helped Tyneside TTC B team to defeat Matfen Tribunes in Division Two. He also won the doubles with Jim Robertson who got two singles. Don Catley managed one, the final score being 7 – 3.

Third Division leaders Ouston C team of Andy Harris, Duncan Hindmarsh and Jamie Milroy had a good win over third placed Saints, beating them 7 – 3 although none of them could get the better of Steve Dawson.  However Peter Seago and Stefan Sobell were unbeaten for  Whitley Chapel against Matfen Cohorts in a 9 – 1 win that puts them level with Ouston.

Harry Veitch was on form as Ouston’s D team  won 7 – 3 away to Prudhoe and District United Services B side to keep the lead at the top of Division Four although Tyneside B, who have a game in hand, closed the gap to three points by whitewashing Cramlington Lions. 

The clash between  NESLC Eagles and The Mount, the top two teams in the Northumbria League, ended up all square and they remain locked together on equal points. Eddie Smith was playing instead of Andrew Wilkinson for the home side whilst Dan Dodds replaced Phil Prady in the visiting team. Smith  and Steve Penman both defeated Anthony Ainley and Dodds and Richard Wilson was also successful against Dodds but Graeme Barella won all three of his singles for The Mount and also the doubles with Ainley.

Alex Holiday was unbeaten for Matfen Senators in a 7 – 3 victory against Tyneside TTC in  Division One to edge ahead of Prudhoe who did not have a fixture at the top of the table.

In the second division Ouston B team of David Byers, Kevin Richardson and Tom Fowle easily defeated Cramlington Trojans 10 – 0 to close the gap on the leaders Mitford who won 6 – 4 away at Cramlington Reivers. Mitford’s Mick Bull, Barry Hill and Bob Atwell all won two but they all lost to Bernie McCardle who also won the doubles with Mike Dunn.

With Matfen Whitley Chapel postponing their third division match the  Ouston C team of Duncan Hindmarsh, Andy Harris and Shirley Robson took over at the top of the table with an 8 – 2 success way to Matfen Cohorts.

There was also another success for  Ouston  with their D team beating Newton C 7 – 3 thanks to unbeaten performances by Lewis Kilkenny and Harry Veitch and they now head the table by one point from Cramlington Dynamos who defeated Cramlington Magpies by the same score. Rohan Rawat, Alan Roskilly and Ojas Aggarwal won all of their matches but none of them could defeat the Magpies new signing, Roy Hugill.

Entry forms for the Northumberland Senior and Junior Tournaments are now available on the Northumbria League website,

The Mount A team and NESLC Eagles  finished the first half of the season as joint leaders of the Northumbria League and they are due to play each other this week.

Both clubs include leading Northumberland County players with Graeme Barella in the Mount squad and Andrew Wilkinson with the Eagles.

Two of the teams struggling at the wrong end of the table meet when Cramlington Stingers take on Mount ‘C’ team.

Prudhoe and District United Services who do not play until next week lead the way in the First Division but only by one point from Matfen Senators who are away to Tyneside TTC.

Newton, who are only five points adrift of the leaders, are at home to fourth placed Saint Columbas B team.

Division two leaders Mitford start the second half of the season with a visit to lowly Cramlington Reivers and will be looking to consolidate their lead at the top of the table. Both of their nearest challengers, the two Ouston sides, also face Cramlington opposition. The B team who are one point ahead of their A team entertaining the Trojans and the A side away to the Swifts.

Ouston’s C team are in contention for promotion from Division Three, being in second place jointly with Cramlington Spartans behind Matfen Whitley Chapel, and they are away to Matfen Cohorts. The leaders visit struggling Cramlington Cobras who have Rob Lee back in their squad.  Saints could move closer to the top three as they are at home to the bottom team Cramlington Jaguars.

It is close in Division Four with top team Tyneside C only four points ahead of fourth placed Prudhoe B.  Both are without a match this week and either second placed Ouston D who entertain Newton C or third placed  Cramlington Dynamos who play bottom  team Magpies will take over the top spot.

Matfen Senators moved to within one point of the Northumbria League first division leaders Prudhoe after unbeaten performances by Alex Holliday and Neil Forsyth in both singles and doubles saw them defeat Cramlington Tigers 7 – 3.

In the same division North East Chinese Association  had Yao Li in fine form as they defeated Saint Columba’s B team by the same score to ease away from the relegation places.

Ouston C suffered a set back to their promotion hopes in Division Three as they were beaten by Saints for whom Vince Killen was unbeaten and was well supported by  John Cook and Ray Joynson in a 7 – 3 victory.

Cramlington Spartans moved level with the Ouston side when Sree Kanakala, Sam Nair and Jamie Hall came away from Newton B with a 9 – 1 success under their belts.

Youngsters Alan Roskilly and Rohan Rawat were both in unbeaten for fourth division Cramlington Dynamos who beat their Dragons side 8 – 2 to go into third place only five points behind the leaders and they have  a game in hand.

The Northumberland County Veterans side of Andrew Wilkinson, Eddie Smith, Martin Schapira and Christine Burke were in action in Huddersfield in  Veterans Division 1a of the County Championships where they drew with both South Yorkshire and Yorkshire Seconds but lost out to Yorkshire Thirds.

At the other end of the age scale the Northumbria League Cadet side were in good form at Ormesby in the second session of the North Eastern Section of the National Cadet league.  Ethan Brown of The Mount, Ferg Kilsby from Matfen and Brandon’s Patrick Nicholson won all four of their matches beating Darlington A, Scarborough B and Ormesby  first and second teams. They finished the session in third place, six points behind the joint leaders Darlington and Scarborough A teams.

Newcastle Estates Sports and Leisure Club Eagles  and The Mount are joint leaders of the Premier division of the Northumbria league after the Eagles team of Richard Wilson, Steve Penman and Eddie Smith defeated The Mount C team 9 – 1.

Dale Aitkenhead and Duncan Wraight were both on form for third placed Saint Columba’s as they beat Cramlington Stingers by the same score.

The battle of the top two in the first division went the way of Prudhoe and District United Services Club when a hat trick by Andy Firth helped them to defeat Newton 6 – 4 to retain top spot. Andy’s son Tom also achieved a hat trick for their second team in division four although his side went down 4 – 6 to leaders Tyneside TTC C team.

Matfen Senators, who have a game in hand, stayed on the heels of Newton with a 6 – 4 victory away to Brandon Anacondas.

Division two leaders Mitford lost their 100% record when the Ouston A team of Mike Lyons and father and son Neil and Mark Rodgers beat them 7 – 3 and were then beaten for a second time at the hands of the Mount E side of John Rowell, Bill Edwards and Dave Bannon.

Ouston A also beat Cramlington Reivers 6 – 4 although none of them got the better of Bernie McCardle but their B team remain one point above them in the table.

The third division leaders were given a tough match when they visited the young Cramlington Falcons side and it took a hat trick from Pete Seago to give them a 6 – 4 victory. Stefan Sobell got two as did Alfie Stokes for the losers.

Duncan Hindmarsh and Andy Harris were unbeaten for second placed Ouston C who came away from Cramlington Cobras with an 8 – 2 win under their belts.

Young Alan Roskilly was on form for fourth division Cramlington Dynamos with a hat trick against Matfen Consuls to give his side a narrow victory.

The Northumberland County Senior team have achieved promotion to the Premier Division of the County Championships after defeating Lincolnshire 6 – 4 and Cheshire by the same score in the final session in Scunthorpe to finish top of Division 1A. This is only the third time in their history that the County Seniors have reached the top level, the last time being in 1981.

The  successful squad is Andrew Wilkinson, Graeme Barella, Joe Clark, Christine Burke, Lynsey Storey and Chun Yin Yu who replaced the unavailable Clark in the last two matches.

The Northumbria League Junior side of Ethan Brown, Israel Shodeinde and Jack Cairns did well at Ormesby in the Northern Section of the National Junior League beating Ormesby 9 -0,  Darlington Academy 6 – 3 and Ormesby A 6 – 3.

Wilkinson and Burke will be in action again at the weekend in Huddersfield along with Eddie Smith and Martin Schapira for the County Veterans side

A number of matches in the second round of the  Northumbria League Handicap Cup were closely fought and only decided with a scoreline of 5 – 4.  Ouston D team defeating Mount C, Ouston B accounting for Cramlington Swifts, Cramlington Cobras beating Tyneside C, Brandon Bravehearts getting the better of Cramlington Magpies, Matfen Tribunes coming out on top against Tyneside B and Brandon Anacondas successful against Matfen Cohorts.

Israel Shodeinde and Jack Cairns who both played for the side that won the cup last year and are playing for Cramlington Trojans had Alastair Johnson to thank for making progress when his hat trick got them through after being 1 – 3 down to Cramlington Dragons.

Other winning teams were Mount B, Cramlington Falcons, Matfen Senators, Prudhoe, Tyneside A and Cramlington Jaguars.

The Northumberland County side are in action again this coming weekend for the second and final session of Division 1A of the County Championships at Scunthorpe when they have to play Cheshire and also the home county Lincolnshire. Having won three and drawn two of their matches in the first session they are top of the division and will be looking to achieve promotion to the Premier.

N.E.S.L.C. saw their lead at the top of the Northumbria League cut to a single point despite beating Cramlington Stingers 9 – 1 with Eddie Smith and Steve Penman getting hat tricks as The Mount team of Graeme Barella, Phil Prady and Dan Dodds went one better in defeating Old England Jacks 10 – 0.

Mark O’Connor and Shirley Gelder both turned in unbeaten performances for the First Division leaders Prudhoe and District United Services when they visited Cramlington Tigers and came away with a 9 – 1 success.
Second placed Saint Columba’s B team were held to a draw by the Tyneside TTC team of Mark Kimberley, Chas Robertson and Mark Patterson despite Lee Tinkler winning all of his matches.

Robertson also played for Tyneside’s B team in Division Two and was unbeaten in a 7 – 3 victory over Ouston B as was John Carr.
Mitford still boast a 100% record but were given a close game by Matfen Tribunes, only winning 6 – 4 when Matfen’s Keith Hodges won 2 of his sets. Micky Bull and Bob Atwell got two apiece for Mitford.

Paul Dale was in form for Brandon Bravehearts in Division Three and his hat trick helped his team to a 7 – 3 win over Newton B while a couple of sets each from Steve Ralph and Alan Hedley got a draw for Cramlington Cobras at Matfen Chorts for whom Richard Rayfield also won two.

Division Four leaders Ouston D were held to a draw by Cramlington Dragons with Ouston’s Norman Badger and Lewis Kilkenny winning twice and the Dragons’ Pauline Long and Paul Athey doing likewise.

The Northumberland County side, promoted to the first division of the County Championships last season included the Cleveland player Joe Clark who is at Newcastle University for the first session of matches along with Graeme Barella, Andrew Wilkinson, Christine Burke and Lynsey Storey and they made a good start with two victories and one draw from their first three matches.

In the Northumbria League Premier Division hat tricks by Wilkinson for NESLC Eagles and Barella for Mount A team  gave their sides 7 – 3  victories over Saint Columba’s  and Mount  B team  while three from Chun Yin Yu helped NECA to a narrow 6 – 4 win over St Chads.

First Division Newton had two narrow wins against Matfen Centurians and Tyneside TTC when John Russell won five of his six singles. Yao Li was in form for NECA B team with a hat trick against Prudhoe and District United Services to see his team home 6 – 4.

Ouston B are in second place in Division Two after an 8 – 2 success against Cramlington Reivers when Kevin Richardson was on song with three singles wins and the doubles with Tom Fowle.  Keith Hodges was player of the match as Matfen Tribunes accounted for Ouston A  and Trojans Alastair Johnson got a hat trick in a draw with Old England FATTS.

The clash of the top two teams, Newton B and Matfen Whitley Chapel in Division Three ended up all square with Ian Armstrong of Newton and Peter Seago and Stefan Sobell of Whitley Chapel all managing two singles victories. In the same division the young Cramlington Falcons side accounted for Matfen Cohorts 7 – 3.

Norman Badger, Lewis Kilkenny and Harry Veitch were all unbeaten for Ouston D as they beat Tyneside C 9 – 1 in the top of the Fourth Division clash while  youngster Noah Rutherford caught the eye when he won all of his matches for the Lions in drawn match against Newton C.

Andy Benjamin was in good form for Old England Jacks when they visited Cramlington Stingers in a bottom of the table clash in the Premier Division of the Northumbria League, winning his three singles victories plus the doubles with Alan Atkinson. With  Lynne Herrington getting two the Jacks ran out 7 – 3 winners.

Hat tricks by Josh Weatherby and Dan Dodds helped Saint Chads and Mount B  to defeat Saint Columbas and Mount C respectively.

Prudhoe  closed the gap on Matfen Senators in Division One when Andrew Firth, Mark O’Connor and Peter Stempczyk beat Mount D 6 – 4.

Cramlington Tigers won their first match of the season with two sets each by Blair Carmichael, Lynsey Storey  and Peter Wilkinson against Matfen Centurians.

In the second division Mitford seem to be all set for a quick return to Division One having won all six of their opening matches, the latest by 9 – 1 against Cramlington Trojans with both Barry Hill and Karen Henry unbeaten.

Two sets each by John Carr and Don Catley helped second placed  Tyneside TTC B to a draw against Old England FATTS.  Barry Matthews and Joe Perrin both got two for FATTS.

While Matfen Whitley Chapel continue to lead the way in the third division their nearest rivals Newton B and Ouston C shared the points with John Henderson and Ian Armstrong each getting two for Newton and Duncan Hindmarsh and Andy Harris doing likewise for Ouston.

James Moore, Paul Conn and Leo Conn  all won twice in Division Four for the leaders Tyneside C who beat Cramlington Knights 7 – 3 while second placed Ouston D lost out to Cramlington Dynamos , Alan Roskilly unbeaten for the winners.

The Northumberland County team of Graeme Barella, Joe Clark, Andrew Wilkinson, Christine Burke and Lynsey Storey are in action at the week end in the first group of matches in Division 1A of the County Championships.

The match between last year’s champions, North East Chinese Association and The Mount,  favourites to win the Northumbria League this year ended up all square with Graeme Barella winning all of his sets for Mount including victory over Chu Yin Yu who won his other two. Adam Webster got two for the Chinese with Mount’s Anthony Ainley and Phil Prady both managing one. The doubles set went to Chu and Webster.

Cramlington Casuals defeated Mount C 8 – 2 but their Stingers went down 10 – 0 to Mount B whilst NESLC Eagles beat Old England 10 – 0.

Peter Stempczyk and Andrew Firth were both in form for Prudhoe and District United Services in the first division both getting hat tricks to defeat Tyneside A 6 – 4.

The Mitford side of Barry Hill, Mick Bull and Bob Atwell kept up their unbeaten record in Division Two with an 8 – 2 victory over Tyneside B, Hill and Atwell both getting three whilst at the other end of the table a hat trick by Bernie McCardle helped Cramlington Reivers beat Matfen Tribunes to record their first win of the season.

Ouston A came away from Cramlington Trojans with a 7 – 3 victory and their B team beat Mount E 9 – 1.

In Division Three Andy Harris was on song for Ouston C, winning all of his singles matches and also the doubles partnered by Shirley Robson to give his team a 6 – 4 success when they visited Cramlington Jaguars. Mick Sursham and Abdel Warayet both picked up a couple for the losers.

Leaders Matfen Whitley Chapel lost for the first time at the hands of Saints for whom Steve Dawson won all of his sets and also the doubles with Vince Killen who got two singles. Dawson was also in top form with a hat trick in a 7 -3 win against Cramlington Falcons.

The Tynedale battle in division four between Newton C and Prudhoe B was won by Newton with Raymond Lazareto, Sam Beedle and David Neal all taking two sets as did Tom Firth for Prudhoe.