The Northumberland County Senior team were in action in the second division of the County Championships but despite winning three of their five matches they remain in that division, finishing in third place. The team of Andrew Wilkinson, Marc Cotton, Jimmy Scope, Christine Burke and Lynsey Storey defeated Cheshire seconds 6 – 4, Leicester seconds 9 – 1, And Northamptonshire 7 – 3. A 5 – 5 draw was gained against Warwickshire seconds but North were well beaten 8 – 2 by Cheshire first team.

In the National Junior League the Northumbria League side of Ellis Cooper, Adam Curran and Ryan Guttridge won all of their matches and are sitting pretty at the top of the Northern Section table. Sunderland were overcome to the tune of 8 – 1 as were Hartlepool and an 8 – 2 success was recorded against Ormesby B. Cooper and Curran were unbeaten throughout.

Veteran Geoff Salter notched up another tournament success when he won the Over 60s Mens Singles in Norwich.

There was an exciting finish to the Tesco Express Northumbria League Premier division match between Cramlington Stingers and NESLC Eagles when David Graham faced up to Jim Stamas in the final game with the Eagles ahead at 5 – 4.  Stamas took the first two games but Graham hit back to take the next two and the fifth end could have gone either way but eventually Stamas edged home at 18 – 16 to give his side a 6 – 4 win.

Newcastle Community A team, holders of the Handicap Cup, made progress into the third round when they visited Cramlington Jaguars. Rixian Hu and Terry Kwong were both unbeaten although Kwong very nearly lost to Waly Ray as the Chinese side won 6 – 3. Their B team, however crashed out 5 – 1 away to St. Chads, Ken Lee getting their only set. Two each from Dave Bissett and Jimmy Scope along with one from Keith Weatherby put the home side into the next round. Three sets by Steve Dickinson and two by Adam Curran saw Byker B to success away to Saints for whom Tom Marley and Ken Greatbatch got one each. The all Newton affair between thier C and D teams went the way of the C team who won 6 – 3. John Henderson won all threeof his matches for the D team but Wyn Thompson, Dennis Sparke and Jim Hunter all got two for the winning side.

NESLC Eagles had Eddie Smith back in their team for the visit to St.Chads and he won all three of his singles against Keith Weatherby, Steve Penman and Jimmy Scope. With Jimm Stamas beating Scope and Richard Wilson edging out Weatherby the Eagles won five singles matches and Smith and Stamas combined to take the doubles set against Scope and Weatherby to give the Eagles a 6 – 4 success and take them back to the top of the Tesco Express Northumbria Premier Division.

Byker B won 7 – 3 away to North Fire B when Adam Curran and Steve Dickinson were unbeaten and then defeated their A team 8 – 2, Curran again being unbeaten but they stay four points adrift of Cramlington Trojans at the top of the second division. Akshay Pabary was in form for the Trojans as they won 8 – 2 on their visit to Tyne Dock. In the same division Whitehouse Lane moved into fourth spot by beating Mortimer 8- 2. Charlie Mouzon and Mohinda Rawat both recorded maximums.

Blaydon B had to fight hard to win their home match with Saints in division two. Vince Killen and Tony Martin gave Saints an early lead but Blaydon took the next four sets through Rob Scott, Eddie Coxon, Maurice Cheek and the doubles pairing of Cheek and Scott. Martin pulled the score back to 4 – 3 before Coxon and Scott won their respective matches to ensure victory for Blaydon before Martin completed his hat-trick in the final set of the match.

Second placed Ouston A came from behind to beat Cramlington Dragons in the third division. Two victories by Alastair Johnson and one each by Ryan Guttridge and Steve Ralph had put the Dragons 4 – 3 ahead but Ouston finished the stronger with Norman Badger beating Ralph, Peter Scott doing likewise against Guttridge and Allen Tarn then winning the decider with a win over Johnson.

Cramlington Swifts are still unbeaten in division four and have a four point lead over Cramlington Lions at the top of the table. Away to Ouston C the Swifts ran out 7 – 3 winners with unbeaten performances from Tomasz Orzechowski and Greg Bojke. Peter Seago weighed in with one set whilst Joe Tron and Jeff McKenna won one set each for the home side and also combined to beat Orzechowski and Boyke in the doubles. Newton D moved up to third place when the visited Cramlington Falcons and came away with a 7 – 3 victory. Tom Manuel was undefeated with Harry Pickering and Andy Smith getting two each. Young Chris Jeffery played extremely well for the Falcons with wins over Pickering and Smith and also success in the doubles partnered by Norman Bell.

The top two teams in the Premier Division of the Tesco Express Northumbria League were both beaten with Cramlington Venture Portraits going down 9 – 1 to St. Chads  although it was by no means a one sided affair with seven of the ten sets going to a fifth and deciding end. Jimmy Scope and Keith Weatherby were both unbeaten. NESLC Eagles lost at home to Cramlington Tigers 6 – 4,their sets coming from Richard Wilson and Jim Stamas who got two each but two wins each by Rob Reed and Geoff Salter together with one from Paul Stead and victory for Salter and Stead in the doubles saw the Tigers home. Seaburn Dene moved off the bottom of the table after beating North Shields YMCA A 6 – 4, Rod Roberts winning all three of his sets.

Micky Grimes was in form for Tyne Dock in division one, his unbeaten performance helping Tyne Dock to a 7 – 3 win away to Mortimer. Cramlington Trojans team of Phil Prady, Akshay Pabary and Paul Baines stay top of the division with a 9-1 home defeat of Matfen. Newton B and North Fire B shared the points in a 5 – 5 draw and Byker A who had Adam Curran in their side along with Mark Kimberley and John Donnelly defeated Old England Jacks 9 – 1. Mohinda Rawat got three for Whitehouse Lane but hisside, Whitehouse Lane, went down 6 – 4 away to the North Fire A team of Berry Hill, Frank Lasek and Clive Dewison.

The top two teams in division two both had convincing wins in the second division. Newcastle Community A team of Rixian Hu, Ben Yu, and Ken Lee ran out 10 – 0 winners over their B team and the Blaydon B side of Maurice Cheek, Shirley Gelder and Eddie Coxon won 9 – 1 away to Cramlington Cobras. Birtley also had a big win when they visited Saints. John Rowell was undefeated on the night as his side won 8 – 2.

A 9 – 1 win for Ouston A away to NESLC Codgers kept them in second place in division three behind Newton C. Bill Turnbull and Peter Scott were both too good for the opposition with Norman Badger only losing out to Russell Roper. The third and fourth placed teams, Old England FATTS and North Shields YM C were involved in a close match and it was thanks to Barry Matthews with three wins that Old Englandedged home 6 – 4. Ben D’Arcy got two and Steve Martin one with Steve Todd doing best with two sets for the losers. Three sets from John Morton was not enough for Cramlington Knights who were beaten 6 – 4 by the club’s Dragons for whom Alastair Johnson, Steve Ralph and Ryan Guttridge got two each.

Top match in the fourth division was the clash of the leading two teams, Cramlington Swifts and Cramlington Lions. Tomasz Orzechowski was man of the match with three wins for the Swifts. Greg Bojke got two but with Jim Broadbent winning twice for the Lions and backed up by Ken Brown and Terry Duff who got one each the teams ended up all square at 5 – 5, Broadbent and Brown taking the doubles set. The bottom side Cramlington Falcons gave a good account of themselves against Ouston C despite losing 6 – 4. Matthew Walmsley and Chris Jeffery both beat Bryan Ainley and Fred Storey but Ouston’s Joe Tron was undefeated on the night.

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Anthony Ainley was the man in form when Newton A entertained St. Chads  in the Tesco Express Northumbria League. His unbeaten performance gave his side a 5 – 5 draw in the Premier Division. Dale Aitkenhead and Gary Sangster also turned in unbeaten performances for Cramlington Venture Portraits as they Defeated their club’s Tigers team 8 – 2.

North Fire A entertained Matfen in the first division and a close match looked on the cards when the score stood at 2 – 2 but the home side had Frank Lasek and Clive Dewison in form and they eventually won 8 – 2. Their B team were up against Cramlington Trojans and although Mick Bull defeated Phil Prady, Barry Hill beat Akshay Pabary and Bob Atwell got the better of Paul Baines they still went down 7 – 3.

The Chinese side, Newcastle Community A, who are leaders of the second division, kept up their impressive form with a 9 – 1 success away to Cramlington Spartans, although the Spartans’ Robert Swinburn did really well to beat Ken Lee. Ken Hu and Ben Yu won all of their sets.

In division three NESLC Codgers recorded their first win of the season when they visited Cramlington Knights. After some close opening matches the score stood at three all with John Morton winning twice for the home side and his son James having just got the better of Pat Thomas. But the Codgers then took charge to run out 7 – 3 winners. Dave Swan won all three of his singles with Pauline Long getting two, Pat Thomas one and the pairing of Swan and Long winning the doubles set.

Fourth Division Ouston C were too good for Cramlington Dynamos thanks to hat-tricks by Joe Tron and Jeff McKenna. Brian Ainley partnered Tron in the doubles which was also won in a 7 – 3 victory. In the same division Cramlington Lions team of Ken Brown, Jim Broadbent and Terry Duff won 9 – 1 against bottom of the table Cramlington Falcons.

In the Veterans British League second division the Border Reivers squad of Geoff Salter, Richard Wilson, Jim Stamas and Dale Aitkenhead made a great start, winning four of their five matches over the first weekend.

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Adam Curran was in really good form for Byker B in the Tesco Express Northumbria League First Division last week when he won all of his sets in two matches. First he was unbeaten in the top of the table clash with Cramlington Trojans, defeating Phil Prady, Akshay Pabary and Paul Baines in a drawn match. Prady and Pabary got two each for the Trojans. Later in the week Curran repeated his sequence of wins against Newton B in another drawn match,Graeme Bell getting two for Newton.

NESLC  Legends beat Blaydon A in the Premier Division, Andrew Wilkinson and Marc Cotton being too good  for the opposition whilst the clash between Cramington Venture Portraits and Stingers ended up all square with Iain Wood unbeaten for the Stingers and Ellis Cooper and Dale Aitkenhead getting two apiece for Portraits.

In division two Birtley looked in trouble away to North Shields YMCA B when they went down 2 – 1 but an unbeaten performance from John Rowell helped by two wins each by Bob Dodds and Eddie Kennedy took them to an 8 – 2 success. In the same division Gareth Pearson won all three of his sets as his team, Cramlington Cobras edged out Newcastle Community B 6 – 4, Alan Hedley claiming two sets and combining with Pearson to win the doubles.

Three victories by Neil Rodgers, backed up by two each by Mark Rodgers and Mike Lyons gave third division Ouston B a 7 – 3 win over Whitley Chapel

and North Shields C won 6 – 4 away to Cramlington Dragons. Ray Pini starred in this match with three singles wins and also helping Steve Todd to win the doubles set.

Fourth Division Cramlington Dynamos had Aubrey Drapkin in form as he defeated Jim Broadbent, Ken Brown and Terry Duff to help the Dynamos defeat the Lions. He was well backed up by young Sam Carlton who beat Brown and Duff. Broadbent finished with two wins for the Lions.

Greg Bojke and Tomasz Orzechowski won two each for Cramlington Swifts in a drawn match with Cramlington Jaguars, Mick Sursham and Peter Seago doing likewise for the Jaguars.

The Northumbria League Junior side of Adam Curran, Ellis Cooper and Ryan Guttridge were unbeaten in the North East section of the Junior National  League played at Billingham to finish in top position at the end of the first session.

Latest County Ramkings

Senior Men

 

Senior Women

Veteran Men

       
 1= Andrew Wilkinson  1 Karen Henry  1 Eddie Smith
 1= Eddie Smith  2 Caron Guthrie  2 Neil McMaster
 3 Neil McMaster  3 Christine Burke  3 Steve Penman
 4 Steve Penman  4 Lynsey Storey  4 Jim Stamas
 5 Jim Stamas  5 Pauline Long  5= Jimmy Scope
 6= Jimmy Scope  6 Linda Pinkham  5= Marc Cotton
 6= Marc Cotton  5= Geoff Salter
 6= Geoff Salter  8 Richard Wilson
 9 David Graham  9 Barry Richardson
10= Ryan Richardson 10 Dale Aitkenhead
10= Barry Richardson 11 Phil Prady
12 Gary Sangster 12 John Russell

Veteran Women

Junior Boys

 1 Karen Henry  1 Ryan Richardson   1 Dean Richardson
 2 Caron Guthrie  2 Ellis Cooper   2= Adam Shafiq
 3 Christine Burke  3 Dean Richardson   2= Jack Quinn
 4 Pauline Long  4 Adam Curran   2= Greg Bojke
 5 Linda Pinkham  5 Akshay Pabary   5 Sam Carlton
 6 Lee Eadington   6 Chris Jeffery
 7 Ryan Guttridge   7= Arran Kent
 8 James Morton   7= Alex Dyter
 9 Thomas Orzechowski
10= Adam Shafiq
10= Jack Quinn
10= Greg Bojke

 

Rankings take into consideration the latest ratings and current form.  It is the intention to update them on a monthly basis.

The Senior team selected for the first County Championships weekend is as follows :

Andrew Wilkinson, Eddie Smith, Neil McMaster, Caron Guthrie, Christine Burke

Reserves:         Jim Stamas, Jimmy Scope, Marc Cotton, Lynsey Storey, Pauline Long

The Northumbria Junior team of Ellis Cooper, Adan Curran and Ryan Guttridge won all their matchs at Ormesby in the first session of the National Junior League and sit at the top of the table with 25 points.

Cramlington 2 Star Junior Tournament

Northumberland 2 Star JuniorTwelve year old Alec Ward from Middlesbrough was the star of the day at the Cramlington 2 Star Junior Tournament, winning the Under 13 Boys Singles, the Cadet Boys Singles and the Junior Boys Singles. He had little difficulty in taking the Under 13 title with an easy straight sets win over Joshua Harland of Cleveland in the final. In the Cadet Boys he defeated Northumberland’s Dean Richardson, again in straight sets but his best performance was in the Junior Boys. After winning his group, which included Northumberland’s Adam Curran, he easily beat Calum White of Cleveland and then put out local boy Ellis Cooper to set up a meeting with Northumberland’s top junior, Ryan Richardson in the final. This turned out to be a fantastic match with both players giving a tremendous effort. After swinging one and then the other the young Middlesbrough player edged home 12 – 10 in the fifth end.

The Junior Girls event was won by Eleanor Davidson of Cleveland with Durham’s Eszter Soos runner up. Davidson also beat Katie Barlow of Cleveland to win the Cadet Girls. Sophie Barlow won the under 13 girls and under 11 girls titles another Cleveland player, Will Dobinson took the under 11 boys title.

Cramlington 2 Star Junior Tournament

Twelve year old Alec Ward from Middlesbrough was the star of the day at the Cramlington 2 Star Junior Tournament, winning the Under 13 Boys Singles, the Cadet Boys Singles and the Junior Boys Singles. He had little difficulty in taking the Under 13 title with an easy straight sets win over Joshua Harland of Cleveland in the final. In the Cadet Boys he defeated Northumberland’s Dean Richardson, again in straight sets but his best performance was in the Junior Boys. After winning his group, which included Northumberland’s Adam Curran, he easily beat Calum White of Cleveland and then put out local boy Ellis Cooper to set up a meeting with Northumberland’s top junior, Ryan Richardson in the final. This turned out to be a fantastic match with both players giving a tremendous effort. After swinging one and then the other the young Middlesbrough player edged home 12 – 10 in the fifth end.

The Junior Girls event was won by Eleanor Davidson of Cleveland with Durham’s Eszter Soos runner up. Davidson also beat Katie Barlow of Cleveland to win the Cadet Girls. Sophie Barlow won the under 13 girls and under 11 girls titles another Cleveland player, Will Dobinson took the under 11 boys title.

Knockout Cup

It was cup week in the Tesco Express Northumbria League. Cramlington Magpies won 8 – 1 away to Old England FATTS with Angus Poole and Adrian Barnes unbeaten, whilst the Cramlington Dragons beat the Lions 7 – 3. Alastair Johnson was undefeated in this one. The Whitehouse Lane side of Mick Hope, Charlie Mouzon and Mohinda Rawat defeated North Fire A 9 – 0 but the closest match of the week was at North Shields YMCA where the home club’s B team narrowly lost 5- 4 to Cramlington Venture Portraits. Three wins by Jim Robertson for the home side and one from Don

Catley saw them level at 4 – 4, Dale Aitkenhead having got two for Portraits and Gary Sangster and Ellis Cooper one each. It was left to John Fisher and Cooper to contest the deciding match which eventually went Cooper’s way 21 – 19 in the third end.

Fred Perry Urban Cup

Players from schools in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland took part in the local level of the Fred Perry Urban Cup in order to select a team to represent Newcastle United in the finals to be played in London on 3rd December. The successful youngsters were Shaun Smith, Darryl Penton, Jessica Waugh and Anne Sowerby.

The Northumberland County Veterans team were in action at Draycott over the weekend and had mixed results. Their first match was against local rivals Durham who, unfortunately were without a lady player, which gave North an advantage. Despite the fact that Jimmy Scope did extremely well to beat Dave Robson the best the team could manage was a draw, their only other set coming when Jim Stamas beat Chris Blake and the match ended in a draw.

Disaster struck in the next match against Cheshire  when Karen Henry had to be carried off with a leg injury in the first mixed doubles game. Scope, Stamas and Marc Cotton did win one each but the match was lost 7 – 3.

The injury to Henry meant that the side had to go into the Sunday matches without a lady player. The men, however, pulled out all the stops in the first match against Bedfordshire when Cotton and Stamas won both of their singles sets with Scope getting one. Scope then combined with Cotton to win the mens doubles to see Northumberland to a 6 – 4 win. They were no match for Nottinghamshire in the final game of the weekend, going down 10 – 0.

The Northumberland County Veterans team were in action at Draycott over the weekend and had mixed results. Their first match was against local rivals Durham who, unfortunately were without a lady player, which gave North an advantage. Despite the fact that Jimmy Scope did extremely well to beat Dave Robson the best the team could manage was a draw, their only other set coming when Jim Stamas beat Chris Blake and the match ended in a draw.

Disaster struck in the next match against Cheshire  when Karen Henry had to be carried off with a leg injury in the first mixed doubles game. Scope, Stamas and Marc Cotton did win one each but the match was lost 7 – 3.

The injury to Henry meant that the side had to go into the Sunday matches without a lady player. The men, however, pulled out all the stops in the first match against Bedfordshire when Cotton and Stamas won both of their singles sets with Scope getting one. Scope then combined with Cotton to win the mens doubles to see Northumberland to a 6 – 4 win. They were no match for Nottinghamshire in the final game of the weekend, going down 10 – 0.

There are no Tesco Express  Northumbria League matches scheduled this week but many of the league teams arte playing in the first round of the handicap cup competition.

Youngsters from all over the region are taking part in the Cramlington 2 Star tournament on Sunday which is being staged at the Sporting Club. There are separate events for Juniors, Cadets, Under 13s and under 11s for both boys and girls. Top seed sin the junior boys are Alec Ward of Cleveland and Ryan Richardson of Northumberland whilst Cleveland’s Eleanor Davidson is favourite in the Junior Girls.

Northumberland’s Akshay Pabary and Adam Curran took part in the Stockton 4 Star Junior tournament and both won through their groups in the Junior boys but both fell at the knockout stage.

 

Aubrey Drapkin