Dave Robson, who plays for Cramlington TTC in the Tesco Express Northumbria League, is the new Northumberland County Champion. He claimed the title in the County Closed by defeating Graeme Barella (NESLC) in the final of the Open Singles. After coming through his group Robson defeated Geoff Salter, Jim Stamas and Steve Penman to set up a meeting with Barella in the final. He took the first game with an 11 – 3 scoreline before Barella got into his stride to fully extend him in the second which went Robson’s way 16 – 14. Barella then took the next two games but Robson won the decider 1 1 – 5 to claim the title and the Alan Morpeth Memorial Cup. On his way to the final Barella put out Phil Prady then the holder and favourite Eddie Smith before disposing of David Graham in the semis.
The Womens’ title went to Lynsey Storey who won a round robin event with Kit Robinson taking second place.
Robson also got through to the final of the Veterans Singles but found Eddie Smith waiting for him and all out to make up for losing his Senior Title. Robson did push him close but Smith won a tight match 11 – 6, 11- 8, 10 – 12, 13 – 11. Ryan Richardson won the Band 1 event with victory over Barella in the final, the Band 3 was won by Moise Coulon who defeated Alan Hedley whilst the Band 4 winner was Pauline Long with success against Angus Poole.
The Fun Doubles went to Barella and Adrian Barnes with victory over Nigel Rodgers and Steve Robinson.
The County Junior Tournament saw Ryan Richardson win the Norman Moore Memorial Cup for the third successive year, beating Adam Curran in the final. Ryan’s brother Dean claimed the Cadet Title and the Harry Dignan Cup for the third time with victory over Jack Quinn and Quinn beat Christopher Jeffery to win the Under 13 event.