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.