Press 23 Jan

Both NESLC teams won their latest matches in the Premier Division of the Tesco Express Northumbria League. Jim Stamas was inbeaten for the Eagles in their 6 – 4 victory over Blaydon A whilst Eddie Smith and Marc Cotton did not drop a set when they gained a 7 – 3 success away to Cramlington Stingers. Newton’s Anthony Ainley was the player of the match when they visited Saint Chads, beating Jimmy Scope, Chris Blake and Keith Weatherby as well as having success in the doubles partnered by John Russell. But with the Saints players winning the remainder of the matches it was not enough to save his side from a 6 – 4 defeat. Cramlington Casuals defeated Cramlington Tigers 7 – 3 with the Richardson family of Barry and sons Ryan and Dean winning two each although none of them could find a way past Dave Robson. In the other Premier League match Venture Portraits defeated Seaburn Dene 7 – 3.

In the first division Frank Lasek and Clive Dewison were unbeaten against Mortimer as North Fire A won 7 – 3. Second division Birtley came from 3 – 2 down to defeat Newcastle Community B.  Mauge Hou and Alan Lam got the Chinese side off to a good start with victories over John Rowell and Mike Bradley before Bob Dodds beat Terry Kwong and Rowell levelled matters by getting the better of Lam. The Chinese pairing of Kwong and Lam took the doubles set but from thereon Birtley took control with Dodds completing his hat – trick as they ran out 7 -3 winners.

Peter Scott was in good form for Ouston A when they entertained Whitley Chapel in a third division fixture when he won all three of his singles. With Norman Badger and Bill Turnbull backing him up with one set each the match ended in a 5 – 5 draw, Stefan Sobell and Noel Bell getting two each for the visitors. Another man in form in this division was Steve Todd with three wins against Cramlington Knights. One each by Ray Pini and Colin Lancaster meant this was another drawn match, John Morton doing best for the Knights with two singles wins.

Richard Carlton was unbeaten for fourth division Dynamos in a 6 – 4 win over Ravens and Harold Young won all of his matches for Maccabi as they drew 5 – 5 away to Ouston C. Greg Bojke and Tomasz Orzechowski were two other players to complete hat- tricks when Cramlington Swifts swept to an 8 – 2 win over Falcons.