Saint Chads and Cramlington Venture Portraits both took advantage of NESLC Eagles not having a match to move closer to them at the top of the Tesco Express Northumbria League Premier Division. The Saints team of Chris Blake, Keith Weatherby and Dave Godbold visited Seaburn Dene and came away with a resounding 10 – 0 victory whilst Venture Portraits won 9 – 1 away to Blaydon A. Dale Aitkenhead and Gary Sangster were both unbeaten with Blaydon’s only set coming when Maurice Cheek defeated Ellis Cooper. Cramlington Tigers moved into fourth spot with a 7 – 3 win away to Newton A and the Cramlington derby match between the Casuals and Stingers ended up all square at five all.
In the second division Byker B had a 6 – 4 win over Tyne Dock with Adam Curran again winning all of his sets. He has now won all thirtysix that he has played this season.
The win takes his side to the top of the division, one point ahead of Cramlington Trojans but the Cramlington team have a game in hand. Mortimer and Byker A fought out a 5 – 5 draw with Byker’s Mark Kimberley getting a hat-trick.
Cramlington’s Gareth Pearson was the man in form when the Cobras entertained the Corinthians, winning all three of his matches and also helping Alan Hedley to success in the doubles. Hedley and Kit Robinson won one singles each as the Cobras took control of the second half of the match to win 6 – 4 after the teams had been level at three all.
The Corinthians sets came from Bernie McCardle (two), Mike Dunn and Forood Rainie. In the same division Old England Crocks won 6 – 4 away to Saints and Blaydon B easily defeated Spartans 9 – 1.
Jim Hunter and John Carr were both unbeaten in the third division clash between Ouston B and Newton C as the latter ran out 8 – 2 winners and Steve Todd was again in form for North Shields YMCA C to help his side to a 6 – 4 home success against Cramlington Magpies.
The performance of the week came in division four when young Arran Kent, playing for Dynamos, beat Tomasz Orzechowski of the Swifts as well as winning against Dominic Byrne. Greg Bojke, however, won all three of his matches to make sure that the Swifts remained unbeaten this season with a 7 – 3 victory. Three from Adam Shafiq helped Ravens to beat Newton D and a hat- trick by Wally Ray gave Jaguars a share of the spoils with Ouston C.