Press release 24 October 2018

Northumberland’s leading Veteran Andrew Wilkinson who is ranked at number three by the English Veterans Association won the over 40s singles at the Veterans Midlands Masters tournament beating Ritchie Venner of Sussex in straight games in the final having put out the number two seed, Mark Short of Nottingham in the semis. He was also runner up in the Over 40s doubles.

Another local winner was Geoff Salter who triumphed in both the Over 70s Singles and doubles.

In the Northumbria League Premier Division Wilkinson won all of his sets as NESLC Eagles ran out 9 – 1 winners over Mount B with Steve Penman also unbeaten.

The Cramlington derby  saw  Gareth Pearson, James Bradbury and Iain Wood all win twice as the Casuals beat the Stingers 7 -3. Steve Pearce got a couple for the losers.

The division one leaders Matfen Senators suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Prudhoe and District United Services for whom Mark O’Connor won all of his sets.

The County team ladies Christine Burke and Lynsey Storey were up against each other with Christine coming from 2 – 1 down to win in five games as Saint Columbas B defeated Cramlington Tigers 9 – 1.

Another team to lose for the first time were the second division leaders Tyneside B who went down 7 – 3 to  the Ouston A team of Mike Lyons, Neil Rodgers and Mark Rodgers.

Young Ferg Kilsby played twice  for Matfen in the third division with mixed results, winning twice as Matfen Whitley Chapel beat Cramlington Spartans 8 – 2 but losing out in Matfen Cohorts 6 – 4 victory over the Jaguars.

Stephen Baxter was in form for Cramlington Dragons when they visited Prudhoe B in Division Four, winning all of his singles and the doubles with Paul Athey in a 7 – 3 victory, Pauline Long getting two as did young Tom Firth for the losing side.

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