Newly promoted Newton got off to a good start in the First Division of the Tesco Express Northumbria Summer League when they entertained North Fire. Graeme Bell put them on the right track by beating Barry Hill in the opening set of the night although this was quickly cancelled out when Dale Aitkenhead defeated Mark Kimberley. Chris Walton then got the better of Frank Lasek and Kimberley won against Hill to put Newton three one up. The doubles pairing of Aitkenhead and Lasek pulled one back for Fire but Bell restored the two set lead with victory over Lasek in the singles. It was reduced to one set when Aitkenhead beat Walton but wins by Kimerley over Lasek and Walton against Hill gave victory to the home side even though Aitkenhead completed his hat – trick in the final set by defeating Bell. In the same division the reigning champions, Cramlington Stingers made a winning start with a 7 – 3 win over Cramlington Eagles.
In division two North shields YMCA, Newcastle Community and Old England Jacks all started on the right foot with victories over Whitehouse Lane B, Mortimer A and Blaydon Y.C. respectively.
Third division Whitley Chapel lost at home by seven sets to three to Cramlington Casuals for whom Alan Hedley was unbeaten but the feature of this match was the clash between the two lady players, Linda Pinkham and Cramlington’s Lynsey Storey. Storey won the first end 12 – 10 but Pinkham did likewise in the second set. Storey then again won the third 12 – 10 but the fourth end went Pinkham’s way with another 12 – 10 score. The set was eventually decided in the fifth which Storey won 11 – 6. Hedley was again undefeated when the Casuals won 8 – 2 against Sacriston B.
In the fourth division Lanchester made the long journey to Longbenton to play NESLC and came away with a share of the spoils thanks mainly to John Cook who won two singles and helped Frank Clarke to success in the doubles. Pat Thomas was undefeated for the home side.