It is all change at the top of the Tesco Express Northumbria League Premier Division with last year’s champions back in the lead. The NESLC Legends team of Eddie Smith, Marc Cotton and Steve Penman were too good for bottom team Blaydon A. Blaydon’s John Williamson and Mark O’Connor both came close, Williamson losing out in five ends to Cotton and O’Connor doing likewise against Penman but the Legends ran out 10 – 0 winners. Cramlington Casuals moved up into second place by defeating another team in trouble at the foot of the table. Three sets each from Ryan Richardson and his father Barry together with two from his brother Dean gave them an 8 – 2 success against Seaburn Dene. Chris Dixon got the lone singles set for the losers who also won the doubles when the pairing of Dixon and Ken Bowman defeated the Richardson brothers. Dave Robson was unbeaten for an understrength Tigers team who went down 6 – 4 to the Saint Chads trio of Keith Weatherby, Jimmy Scope and Chris Blake.
Blaydon B team’s promotion hopes are gaining ground in Division two after they beat Corinthians to keep on the heels of Newcastle Community A and open up a big lead over the rest of the field. Maurice Cheek was unbeaten with Rob Scott and Eddie Coxon only losing out to Bernie McCardle as they triumphed 8 – 2.
John Carr and Jim Hunter won three sets each and also combined to win the doubles as division three leaders Newton C had an 8 – 2 win away to Ouston A. Dennis Sparke got their other set but was beaten by both Allen Tarn and Norman Badger. The defeat pushed Ouston down into third spot as Old England FATTS leapfrogged above them by handing out a 9 – 1 beating to NESLC Codgers. All of the singles sets in this one went to the FATTS players, Ben Darcy, Steve Martin and Barry Matthews but the Martin/Darcy partnership lost out to Russell Roper and Pauline Long in the doubles encounter.
Joe Tron and Jeff McKenna were both too good for Cramlington Falcons in division four as they helped Ouston C to an 8 – 2 home victory. Grandfather and grandson Norman Bell and James Brown got the two sets for the visitors.
Northumbria League players Dave Robson, Anthony Barella, Chris Blake and Andrew Dryden were all in Hartlepool TTC’s squad that won promotion from the British League fourth division.