Press 24 Dec 11

The Northumbria League fielded a young side in the second weekend of the National Cadet League Northern Section held at Billingham. Thirteen year old Adam Shafiq, 12 year old Arran Kent and 11 year old Chris Jeffery had done extremely well in the first weekend, winning three of their four matches but this time round they were up against the vastly more experienced Northfield A and Ormesby A teams and were well beaten in both matches. It was a different matter, however, when they played Scarborough and they ran out 7 – 2 winners.  This gives them a total of 31 points and fourth place in the table at the half way stage.

Barry Richardson was unbeaten for Cramlington Casuals against Newton A in the Premier Division of the Tesco Express Northumbria League and with his sons, Ryan and Dean, getting two sets each the Casuals won 7 – 3. Anthony Ainley got two for Newton and also was successful in the doubles set partnered by John Russell.

Barry Matthews was the man in form when Old England FATTS entertained Cramlington Knights and his three wins supported by two each from Nigel Coe and Steve Martin saw FATTS home 8 – 2, Matthews and Coe also winning the doubles. John Morton got the two sets for the Knights. Alastair Johnson won the first match of the night for Cramlington Dragons when they entertained Newton C. He beat John Carr over five ends but that was all that the Dragons were to get as Carr won his other two sets and Wyn Thompson and Jim Hunter were too strong for the home side.

The young Cramlington Swifts team who are currently unbeaten and top of the fourth division were involved in an exciting match when they visited Newton D. They made a great start with Tomasz Orzechowski  just getting the better of David Neal and Greg Bojke winning his encounter with Tom Manuel. The next two sets then went the way of the home side, John Henderson being too strong for Alex Dyter and Manuel defeating Orzechowski. After the Cramlington side won the doubles to go into a 3 – 2 lead the home side came back strongly and seemed set to end the Swifts unbeaten run. Neal defeated Dyter, Henderson had a three games victory over Bojke and Manuel beat Dyter to put them 5 – 3 up. But the youngsters were not to be denied as Orzechowski  and Bojke won the last two  against Henderson and Neal respectively. Both of them showed their fighting spirit to come back from being two games to one down in each set.

In the same division Sam Carlton and Aubrey Drapkin won all of their sets for the Dynamos who defeated the Falcons 7 – 3. Matthew Walmsley and Chris Jeffery got one each for the losing side and also combined to take the doubles set.