The Tesco Express Northumbria Table Tennis League for 2011 – 12 is almost completed with only a few outstanding games and the Handicap Cup and Division 4 League Cup finals to be completed.

The semi finals of the Handicap Cup saw Byker ‘B’ at home to Ouston ‘A’ and Newcastle Community ‘A’ hosting Cramlington Casuals.

The Byker team of Adam Curran, Steve Dickinson and Dean Eadington proved too strong for the Ouston team securing a 5-3 victory over  Allen Tarn, Peter Scott and Norman Badger. After 4 games the scores were level then Byker took the next 2 games to put pressure on their opponents. Badger kept Ouston in the match when he beat Eadington in 3 ends but Dickinson ended the match in Byker’s favour with over Scott.

Ken Hu, Paul Cheung and Ben Yu fought a tight match against Ryan and Dean Richardson and Moise Coulon in the Newcastle Community V Cramlington semi final.  The first game saw Hu beating Richardson D. In the second game Cheung lost to Richardson R. Victory came to Newcastle Community in the third when Yu defeated Coulon. And so it continued with each team taking it in turn to win. With the score at 4-4 all rested on the final game, Hu against Richardson R, and the alternating cycle continued with Hu taking the game and Community emerging winners with the overall score of 5 games to 4.

The 4th Division League Cup semi finals were contested between Maccabi and Cramlington Jaguars and Cramlington Lions against Cramlington Ravens.

Maccabi were only able to field 2 players, Harold Young and Derek Marcus, but still held Mick Sursham, Wally Ray and Allan Mann to a 5 all draw.   On a count back of ends won Jaguars are through to the final.

The Lions against Ravens resulted in a victory for Lions. Jim Broadbent, Ken Brown and Terry Duff have already taken the Lions to the runners up position in Division 4 and Jack Quinn, Tony Quinn and Christopher Jeffrey found them too strong.

Cramlington Trojans and Byker ‘B’ in Division 1 have been neck in neck throughout the season and both their games against the other have resulted in 5-5 draws. Trojans finally confirmed first place when their team of Phil Prady, Paul Baines and Akshay Pabary defeated a North Fire ‘B’ team of Barry Hill, Mick Bull and Bob Atwell by  6 games to 4. Baines was man of the match for Trojans with 3 victories followed by Prady with 2 wins. Bob Atwell proved the mainstay of North Fire with 2 victories plus the doubles with Hill. The close competition is evident in the final points tally of 148 for Trojans and 142 for Byker.

The Northumberland Closed will be held on Saturday 28th April 2012 at Sporting Club, Cramlington. Those wishing to enter who have not yet submitted their entries should contact Nigel Coe immediately.   The Junior tournament will be held on Friday evening 27th April, also at Cramlington and entries for this one are to go to Alan Hedley by 23 April.

Newton A assured themselves of Premier Division status for next season in the Tesco Express Northumbria League despite losing their last two matches 7 – 3 to North Shields YMCA and 6-4 to Cramlington Stingers. The seven points that they picked up means that the are now sure to finish above Seaburn Dene and Blaydon.

In the first division Cramlington Trojans beat Whitehouse Lane 8 – 2  and now only need one point form their final match of the season against North Fire B to take the first division title. Byker B are sure to be runners up and move up to the top level. At the other end of the table Mortimer, Old England Jacks and Matfen are all in danger of the drop to the second division but it is not yet clear which one of them will survive. Matfen are bottom but they did pick up four points in their away match at Newton B. In a team effort Chris Kilsby, Keith Hodges and Phil Rainford each won one singles and Kilsby and Rainford combined to win the doubles set. Graeme Bell was unbeaten for the home side who won 6 – 4.

Newcastle Community A lost their first match in division three when they visited Birtley and were without Rixian Yu. Ben Yu won all three of his sets but they went down 6 – 4. Bob Dodds and John Rowell got two each for the winners with Mike Bradley getting one and helping Dodds to take the doubles.

Whitley Chapel managed to preserve their third division place by beating NESLC Codgers and playing a draw with Cramlington Magpies, the two teams to go down.

Stefan Sobell won all three of this singles against the Codgers and got two against the Magpies, losing out only to Angus Poole.

The division four league cup final will be an all Cramlington affair with the Lions taking on the Jaguars.

Chris Blake was in fine form in the Tesco Express Northumbria Premier Division when Saint Chads visited NESLC Eagles with victories over Jim Stamas, Steve Penman and Dave Swan  as his team won 6 – 4. Jimmy Scope chipped in with two singles wins as well as partnering Blake to success in the doubles. Stamas got a couple of sets for the home side. North Shields YMCA virtually assured themselves of avoiding relegation by beating Seaburn Dene 9 – 1 with both Andrew Dryden and Nigel Rodgers winning all of their sets. On the other hand Seaburn Dene look likely to accompany Blaydon in the drop  into the first division as they were also beaten 9 – 1 by Cramlington Stingers.

Cramlington Trojans and Byker B are now both promoted to the Premier Division and the Trojans team of Phil Prady, Akshay Pabary and Paul Baines are favourites to finish on top of the first division after a 10 – 0 home win over Tyne Dock and winning 9 – 1 away to Matfen. Byker were held to a draw by North Fire B which leaves the Trojans one point ahead with a game in hand.

Blaydon B assured themselves of promotion from the second division when they came away from Saints with an 8 – 2 victory under their belts thanks to an unbeaten performance by Rob Scott and two wins each by Shirley Gelder and Maurice Cheek. They will now go up along with runaway winners Newcastle Community A who once again proved to be too good for this division with a 10 – 0 drubbing of third placed Birtley.

Old England FATTS went into their home match with Cramlington Magpies knowing that they needed to get five points to clinch promotion along with Newton C in division three. Barry Matthews, Steve Martin and Nigel Coe made doubly sure by winning 10 – 0. The result also virtually condemns the Magpies to life in the fourth division next season.

The fourth division league cup has now reached the semi final stage with Maccabi due to entertain Cramlington Jaguars and the Lions at home to the Ravens

Keith Weatherby and Jimmy Scope were both unbeaten as Saint Chad’s defeated Cramlington Venture Portraits in the Premier Division of the Tesco Express Northumbria League to the tune of 7 – 3. The victory keeps the Saints in the race for second spot. Bottom team Blaydon A suffered suffered a 9 – 1 loss when they visited Cramlington Stingers for whom David Graham and Bonne Habekost both had hat-tricks. The defeat condemns Blaydon to relegation from the top flight.

The top of the table clash in division one between Byker B and Cramlington Trojans ended all square at 5 – 5 with Adam Curran retaining his 100% record for Byker. Phil Prady and Akshay Pabary both got two for the Trojans. The result means that Byker are assured of promotion but the battle for top spot continues as they are thirteen points ahead of their rivals but the Trojans have two games in hand. The derby match between Tyne Dock and Mortimer also ended up all square  In this one Mortimer started the better to take a two set lead but then Tyne Dock got on top to lead 5 – 2 before the visitors came back to win the last three sets. Steve Wiberg won two for the home team with Dave Bannon and Dave Pringle doing likewise for Mortimer.

Blaydon B kept up their push for promotion when they entertained Cramlington Cobras in a second division match. Maurice Cheek, Rob Scott and Eddie Coxon each won twice and also combined to take the doubles set but none of them could beat Gareth Pearson as the home side ran out 7 – 3 winners. The Old England FATTS team of Barry Matthews, Steve Martin and Ben Darcy won 7 – 3 away to North Shields YMCA C to stay in second place in division two behind Newcastle Community A. Allen Tarn and Pete Scott won all of their sets for Ouston A in a 9 – 1 victory over NESLC Codgers which keeps them in the frame for promotion in division three and leaves the Codgers in deep trouble at the foot of the table along with Cramlington Magpies who at least recorded their second win of the season by beating Ouston B 6 – 4.

Cramlington Ravens are the first team to qualify for the semi finals of the Division Four League Cup after a 7 – 3 victory over the Dymanos. Jack Quinn, Adam Shafiq and Tony Quinn got two each but the were all beaten by young Arran Kent who also won both of the Dynamos sets in an 8 – 2 defeat at the hands of Newton D.

Northumbria League

Please remember that Dale Aitkenhead has moved house and his new address is Larkspur Cottage, East Fenrother, Morpeth, NE61 3DS. Telephone 01670 788747. Please send all scorecards to his new address. If Dale receives the results online or preferably scanned to him then the results are normally on the website and the league tables updated the same day. Those of you who do not have access to do this could always ask one of the team members to do so. Some of you are still sending to his old address.

The following matches as at 19th March require to be rearranged and the home clubs involved are asked to do so as soon as possible.

Premier Division:  

NESLC Legends v Cram.Stingers    NSYM A v Cram Tigers

Legends v Seaburn Dene  N.S.Y.M. A v NESLC Eagles

Tigers v N.S.Y.M. A.  Newton A v Stingers.

Division One:

Tyne Dock v O.E.Jacks   Tyne Dock v North Fire B.  Matfen v Whitehouse Lane

Newton B v Mortimer. North Fire B v Mortimer  Byker B v Trojans

Trojans v North Fire B

Division Two:

Birtley v Newcastle Community A  Spartans v O.E.Crocks  Birtley v O.E.Crock

Division Three: 

Whitley Chapel v Cram Dragons  NESLC Codgers v Whitley Chapel   Knights v Ouston B

Ouston B v NESLC Codgers

Division Four: 

Newton D v Maccabi   .

The above are all shown as not having been received by Mon 19th March. It may be that some have been played but the result not yet submitted. Please ensure that all outstanding matches are rearranged as soon as possible and remember that it is the responsibility of the home team to make the new arrangements even if they were not the team that postponed the match in the first place. In the case of matches remaining unplayed  by April 20th the AWAY team will be awarded a 10 – 0 win and the home team will incur a fine under regulation 10.2

Representative sides

Our Junior representative side has won the National Junior League Northern Section finishing 20 points ahead of Ormesby B. The Cadet team play their last matches at Billingham later this month

Closed Tournament

The Northumberland Closed will be held on Saturday 28th April 2012 at Sporting Club, Cramlington. Entry forms will be on the County Website (nctt.co.uk) and a supply will also be sent to each club in the near future. Please note that entries are to be sent to Nigel Coe this time. The Junior tournament will be held on Friday evening 27th April, also at Cramlington and entries for this one are to go to Alan Hedley.

Tynedale League

Details of the Tynedale League are now on the County website. As at 1st March the leaders are Newton A with Sinderhope in second spot

Publicity

It would be of great assistance if clubs could take photos of their players and then email them to Alan Hedley in order that we can build up a photo library for use in sending to the Evening Chronicle to accompany the weekly reports, although we have no control over how much of the reports or the photos are printed. At present the reports are continuing to be printed on Wednesdays. Please also remember the County website www.nctt.co.uk) and also the league website (tabletennis365.com/northumbria)

The Cramlington Stingers team of David Graham, Iain Wood and Bonne Habekost and NESLC Eagles played out a draw in the Premier Division of the Tesco Express Northumbria League. Graham and Habekost put the Stingers two up with wins over Jim Stamas and Dave Swan but Steve Penman pulled one back for the Eagles with victory over Wood. Graham then beat Swan before the Eagles combination of Stamas and Penman won the doubles set. Wood then got the better of Stamas but Penman won his encounter with Habekost. A win for Wood over Swan took the Stingers to a 5 – 3 lead but Penman defeated Graham to complete his hat-trick  and it ended up all square when Stamas won the last set of the match against Habekost.

The Legends cruised to a 10 – 0 victory over Seaburn Dene and North Shields YMCA won 6 – 4 away to Blaydon A.

Jack Quinn

The top match in the fourth division was the clash between Cramlington Lions and Cramlington Swifts with the Lions knowing that they needed to win 7 – 3 to overhaul the Swifts and claim the fourth division title. The Swifts had strenthened their team with the inclusion of Arran Kent at number three but they received a blow at the last minute when one of their leading players, Greg Bojke was ill and could not play and they had to bring in another young player, Alex Dyter with Kent moving up to number two.

Jim Broadbent gave the Lions the start they needed when he beat Kent in the opening set. Tomasz Orzechowski levelled matters but Ken Brown restored the lead with victory over young Dyter. Kent then proved his worth for the Swifts by beating Terry Duff but the next two sets were won by the Lions. Orzechowski got the Swifts back in it again by winning against Brown and the young Dyter defeated Duff to give the Swifts the four sets they needed to clinch the title. Brown and Broadbent made the final score 6 – 4 to the Lions and with Cramlington Dynamos taking two sets in their away match at Newton it means that they finish up as runners- up.

Young Jack Quinn turned in the performance of the week when he defeated Maccabi’s experienced veteran Harold Young when playing for the Ravens. Maccabi won the match 7 – 3 but it was Young’s first defeat of the season.

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.

 

 

The holders of the Tesco Express Northumbria League Handicap Cup, second division leaders Newcastle Community A, reached the quarter finals of this season’s competition at the expense of Premier Division Saint Chad’s. Rixian Hu made the most of his starts under the handicap system to win all three of his sets to put his team on the way to a 5 – 2 victory. Jimmy Scope and Barry Cuthbertson got the two sets for the Saints. The Chinese side will now be at home to Cramlington Spartans.

Last year’s runners up, Whitehouse Lane, crashed out at home to Ouston A despite two wins by Charlie Mouzon. Pete Scott gave Ouston the lead by beating Mike Hope before Mouzon levelled matters with a victory over Allen Tarn. Norman Badger then put Ouston ahead again but Mouzon once again levelled matters by defeating Scott. But that was all that the home side were to get as Badger remained unbeaten and Tarn won one more to see  their side home.

Ouston B team, however, went out when they visited Cramlington Dragons. Alastair Johnson beat both Mark Rodgers and Joe Tron, Ryan Guttridge  also got the better of Tron and Steve Ralph, after losing to Neil Rodgers completed a miserable night for the visitors by defeating Mark Rodgers.

Cramlington Venture Portraits were additionally handicapped at the last minute when Gary Sangster had to pull out of the team because of illness. Young Ellis Cooper got three sets and Dale Aitkenhead one, but it was not quite enough to beat the Newton C team of John Carr, Jim Hunter and Dennis Sparke who triumphed 5 – 4.

Cramlington did get another two teams through to the last eight when the Spartans with Robert Swinburn unbeaten won 5 – 2 away to Newton B despite both Lynsey Storey and Joe Swinburn losing to Graeme Bell and the Casuals were too strong for the Cobras

The Byker B team made the most of their points start to defeat their first division rivals Trojans 5 – 1 and the NESLC Codgers side of Russell Roper, Pauline Long and Pat Thomas easily beat the Ravens. The quarter final draw is as follows: Byker B v Cramlington Dragons, Newton C  v Ouston A,  Cramlington Casuals  v NESLC Codgers

Newcastle Community A  v Cramlington Spartans.

In the Premier Division of the League Seabun Dene featured in two rearranged matches but lost out in both going down  8 – 2 at home to Casuals and by the same score away to Stingers

Please remember that Dale Aitkenhead has moved house and his new address is Larkspur Cottage, East Fenrother, Morpeth, NE61 3DS. Telephone 01670 788747. Please send all scorecards to his new address. If Dale receives the results online or preferably scanned to him then the results are normally on the website and the league tables updated the same day.

Those of you who do not have access to do this could always ask one of the team members to do so.

The following matches require to be rearranged and the home clubs involved are asked to do so as soon as possible.

Premier Division:   NESLC Legends v Cram.Stingers    NSYM A v Cram Tigers   Seaburn Dene v Casuals St. Chads v Tigers    Legends v Seaburn Dene   Legends v Casuals   Stingers v Seaburn Dene.  Tigers v N.S.Y.M. A.  Newton A v Stingers.

Division One:        Tyne Dock v O.E.Jacks   Tyne Dock v North Fire B.  Matfen v Whitehouse Lane O.E.Jacks v Newton B  Tyne Dock v Whitehouse Lane.  Newton B v Mortimer.  Matfen v O.E.Jacks.

Division Two:       Birtley v Cram Corinthians   Blaydon B v Newcastle Community B  Cram Spartans v   O.E.Crocks   Newcastle Community A v Corinthians  Birtley v N/c Comm A  Birtley v O.E.Crocks

Division Three:     Whitley Chapel v Cram Dragons  NESLC Codgers v Whitley Chapel   Knights v Ouston B   Ouston B v NESLC Codgers  NESLC Codgers v O.E.FATTS

Division Four:       Newton D v Maccabi   Maccabi v Cram Falcons.

The above are all shown as not having been received by Wed. 15th February. It may be that some have been played but the result not yet submitted. Please ensure that all outstanding matches are rearranged as soon as possible and remember that it is the responsibility of the home team to make the bew arrangements even if they were not the team that postponed the match in the first place. In the case of matches remaining unplayed  by April 20th the AWAY team will be awarded a 10 – 0 win and the home team will incur a fine under regulation 10.2.

Clubs in division 4 please note that Harold Young is now acting as secretary of Maccabi and his address is as follows: 38 Kenton Road, Gosforth, Newcastle on Tyne, NE3 4LY. Phone: 0191 2852871

 

National Junior and Cadet Leagues

Our Junior representative side of Ellis Cooper, Adam Curran and Ryan Guttridge still have a 100% record in the Northern section of the Junior league.

The cadet team of Adam Shafiq, Chris Jeffery, and Arran Kent found Northfield A and Ormesby A too strong for them in the latest weekend of the Cadet League but the are still in third place which is relly good for this young side.

 

Border Reivers

The entirely independent team of Dale Aitkenhead, Jim Stamas, Richard Wilson,and Geoff Salter found themselves a man down for the final session of the Veterans British League because of the illness of Geoff and injury to Richard.  Marc Cotton was a late replacement and the team did exceptionally well to gain promotion to the first division

 

Archives

I have made a deal of progress with the archives and a good number of old facts and figures can now be seen on the County website (nctt.co.uk). I have also put together a collection of handbooks from 1934/35 to date. Unfortunately there are a few gaps and if any of the more senior players in any club can help I would very much appreciate it. The missing books are for the following seasons: 1946/47, 1971/72, 1976/77 and 1977/78.

 

Publicity

I have been informed by the Chronicle that the Grassroots Sport is going to expand to a daily basis instead of twice weekly. It may be that Table Tennis will be moved from a Wednesday to another night. I will let you know as soon as I am told. I have, however, been told that it will mean greater coverage. At present I supply copy and Alan Hedley sends in photos where possible. It would be of great assistance if clubs could take photos of their players and then email them to Alan in order to build up a collection for future use.

 

Aubrey Drapkin (Chairman)

Gary Sangster

NESLC Legends have moved up to third place in the Premier Division of the Tesco Northumbria League and have matches in hand over the two sides above them. They were at full strength for the visit of Cramlington Venture Portraits and Eddie Smith won his usual three sets. Neil McMaster got two but was beaten by Gary Sangster who also defeated Marc Cotton. The only other set dropped came when Cotton went down to Aidan Ranftler.  NESLC Eagles, who are still the leaders won 6 – 4 away to Cramlington Casuals. At one stage they led 6 – 1 but the Casuals took the last four sets. Jim Stamas and Steve Penman won two for the Eagles and Ryan Richardson did likewise for the home team. The highlight of the match, however, was the contest between young Dean Richardson and Penman which the youngster won 15 – 13 in the fifth end.

In division one, Byker B and Cramlington Trojans now look certain to be promoted to the top flight but the battle for top spot continues. Whilst the Trojans were beating Old England Jacks in a rearranged fixture to the tune of 7 – 3 the Byker side took on third placed North Fire A. After leading 4 – 2 they were pulled back to 4 – 4 but Dean Eadington beat Bob Appleby and Adam Curran, who is still to drop a set in this division defeated Clive Dewison to give them  a 6 – 4 victory. Steve Dickinson won twice for the victors as did Frank Lasek for Fire.

The two Chinese sides, Newcastle Community, kept up their good form in division two when the A team were too strong for Cramlington Cobras, winning 8 – 2 and the B team defeated Cramlington Corinthians 7 – 3. In the same division North Shields YMCA B team won 8 – 2 away to the Spartans with Don Catley remaining unbeaten.

Newton C consolidated their position at the top of division three wth a convincing win away to the bottom side, Cramlington Magpies. Wyn Thompson, Jim Hunter and John Carr won all of the singles in a 9 – 1 success. At the same time second placed Ouston A were held to a 5 – 5 draw by the Knights for whom John Morton was unbeaten.

Cramlington Swifts are  seven points ahead of the Lions in division four after beating the Jaguars 6 -4, the rapidly improving young players, Tomasz Orzechowski and Greg Bojke winning all of the sets. The Lions did narrow  narrow the gap slightly with a 7 – 3 victory over the Dynamos, Jim Broadbent winning all of his sets and Ken Brown getting two. Aubrey Drapkin got two for the losing side.

The Northumbria League Cadet team of Adam Shafiq, Chris Jeffery and Arran Kent lost both of their matches in the National Cadet League Northern section but they are still in third place which is very creditable for the young players in their first season.

Arran Kent

Christopher Jeffery

Adam Shafiq