The Northumberland County Senior team were in action in the second division of the County Championships but despite winning three of their five matches they remain in that division, finishing in third place. The team of Andrew Wilkinson, Marc Cotton, Jimmy Scope, Christine Burke and Lynsey Storey defeated Cheshire seconds 6 – 4, Leicester seconds 9 – 1, And Northamptonshire 7 – 3. A 5 – 5 draw was gained against Warwickshire seconds but North were well beaten 8 – 2 by Cheshire first team.

In the National Junior League the Northumbria League side of Ellis Cooper, Adam Curran and Ryan Guttridge won all of their matches and are sitting pretty at the top of the Northern Section table. Sunderland were overcome to the tune of 8 – 1 as were Hartlepool and an 8 – 2 success was recorded against Ormesby B. Cooper and Curran were unbeaten throughout.

Veteran Geoff Salter notched up another tournament success when he won the Over 60s Mens Singles in Norwich.

There was an exciting finish to the Tesco Express Northumbria League Premier division match between Cramlington Stingers and NESLC Eagles when David Graham faced up to Jim Stamas in the final game with the Eagles ahead at 5 – 4.  Stamas took the first two games but Graham hit back to take the next two and the fifth end could have gone either way but eventually Stamas edged home at 18 – 16 to give his side a 6 – 4 win.

Newcastle Community A team, holders of the Handicap Cup, made progress into the third round when they visited Cramlington Jaguars. Rixian Hu and Terry Kwong were both unbeaten although Kwong very nearly lost to Waly Ray as the Chinese side won 6 – 3. Their B team, however crashed out 5 – 1 away to St. Chads, Ken Lee getting their only set. Two each from Dave Bissett and Jimmy Scope along with one from Keith Weatherby put the home side into the next round. Three sets by Steve Dickinson and two by Adam Curran saw Byker B to success away to Saints for whom Tom Marley and Ken Greatbatch got one each. The all Newton affair between thier C and D teams went the way of the C team who won 6 – 3. John Henderson won all threeof his matches for the D team but Wyn Thompson, Dennis Sparke and Jim Hunter all got two for the winning side.

Adam Curran was in really good form for Byker B in the Tesco Express Northumbria League First Division last week when he won all of his sets in two matches. First he was unbeaten in the top of the table clash with Cramlington Trojans, defeating Phil Prady, Akshay Pabary and Paul Baines in a drawn match. Prady and Pabary got two each for the Trojans. Later in the week Curran repeated his sequence of wins against Newton B in another drawn match,Graeme Bell getting two for Newton.

NESLC  Legends beat Blaydon A in the Premier Division, Andrew Wilkinson and Marc Cotton being too good  for the opposition whilst the clash between Cramington Venture Portraits and Stingers ended up all square with Iain Wood unbeaten for the Stingers and Ellis Cooper and Dale Aitkenhead getting two apiece for Portraits.

In division two Birtley looked in trouble away to North Shields YMCA B when they went down 2 – 1 but an unbeaten performance from John Rowell helped by two wins each by Bob Dodds and Eddie Kennedy took them to an 8 – 2 success. In the same division Gareth Pearson won all three of his sets as his team, Cramlington Cobras edged out Newcastle Community B 6 – 4, Alan Hedley claiming two sets and combining with Pearson to win the doubles.

Three victories by Neil Rodgers, backed up by two each by Mark Rodgers and Mike Lyons gave third division Ouston B a 7 – 3 win over Whitley Chapel

and North Shields C won 6 – 4 away to Cramlington Dragons. Ray Pini starred in this match with three singles wins and also helping Steve Todd to win the doubles set.

Fourth Division Cramlington Dynamos had Aubrey Drapkin in form as he defeated Jim Broadbent, Ken Brown and Terry Duff to help the Dynamos defeat the Lions. He was well backed up by young Sam Carlton who beat Brown and Duff. Broadbent finished with two wins for the Lions.

Greg Bojke and Tomasz Orzechowski won two each for Cramlington Swifts in a drawn match with Cramlington Jaguars, Mick Sursham and Peter Seago doing likewise for the Jaguars.

The Northumbria League Junior side of Adam Curran, Ellis Cooper and Ryan Guttridge were unbeaten in the North East section of the Junior National  League played at Billingham to finish in top position at the end of the first session.

Latest County Ramkings

Senior Men


Senior Women

Veteran Men

 1= Andrew Wilkinson  1 Karen Henry  1 Eddie Smith
 1= Eddie Smith  2 Caron Guthrie  2 Neil McMaster
 3 Neil McMaster  3 Christine Burke  3 Steve Penman
 4 Steve Penman  4 Lynsey Storey  4 Jim Stamas
 5 Jim Stamas  5 Pauline Long  5= Jimmy Scope
 6= Jimmy Scope  6 Linda Pinkham  5= Marc Cotton
 6= Marc Cotton  5= Geoff Salter
 6= Geoff Salter  8 Richard Wilson
 9 David Graham  9 Barry Richardson
10= Ryan Richardson 10 Dale Aitkenhead
10= Barry Richardson 11 Phil Prady
12 Gary Sangster 12 John Russell

Veteran Women

Junior Boys

 1 Karen Henry  1 Ryan Richardson   1 Dean Richardson
 2 Caron Guthrie  2 Ellis Cooper   2= Adam Shafiq
 3 Christine Burke  3 Dean Richardson   2= Jack Quinn
 4 Pauline Long  4 Adam Curran   2= Greg Bojke
 5 Linda Pinkham  5 Akshay Pabary   5 Sam Carlton
 6 Lee Eadington   6 Chris Jeffery
 7 Ryan Guttridge   7= Arran Kent
 8 James Morton   7= Alex Dyter
 9 Thomas Orzechowski
10= Adam Shafiq
10= Jack Quinn
10= Greg Bojke


Rankings take into consideration the latest ratings and current form.  It is the intention to update them on a monthly basis.

The Senior team selected for the first County Championships weekend is as follows :

Andrew Wilkinson, Eddie Smith, Neil McMaster, Caron Guthrie, Christine Burke

Reserves:         Jim Stamas, Jimmy Scope, Marc Cotton, Lynsey Storey, Pauline Long

Cramlington 2 Star Junior Tournament

Twelve year old Alec Ward from Middlesbrough was the star of the day at the Cramlington 2 Star Junior Tournament, winning the Under 13 Boys Singles, the Cadet Boys Singles and the Junior Boys Singles. He had little difficulty in taking the Under 13 title with an easy straight sets win over Joshua Harland of Cleveland in the final. In the Cadet Boys he defeated Northumberland’s Dean Richardson, again in straight sets but his best performance was in the Junior Boys. After winning his group, which included Northumberland’s Adam Curran, he easily beat Calum White of Cleveland and then put out local boy Ellis Cooper to set up a meeting with Northumberland’s top junior, Ryan Richardson in the final. This turned out to be a fantastic match with both players giving a tremendous effort. After swinging one and then the other the young Middlesbrough player edged home 12 – 10 in the fifth end.

The Junior Girls event was won by Eleanor Davidson of Cleveland with Durham’s Eszter Soos runner up. Davidson also beat Katie Barlow of Cleveland to win the Cadet Girls. Sophie Barlow won the under 13 girls and under 11 girls titles another Cleveland player, Will Dobinson took the under 11 boys title.

Knockout Cup

It was cup week in the Tesco Express Northumbria League. Cramlington Magpies won 8 – 1 away to Old England FATTS with Angus Poole and Adrian Barnes unbeaten, whilst the Cramlington Dragons beat the Lions 7 – 3. Alastair Johnson was undefeated in this one. The Whitehouse Lane side of Mick Hope, Charlie Mouzon and Mohinda Rawat defeated North Fire A 9 – 0 but the closest match of the week was at North Shields YMCA where the home club’s B team narrowly lost 5- 4 to Cramlington Venture Portraits. Three wins by Jim Robertson for the home side and one from Don

Catley saw them level at 4 – 4, Dale Aitkenhead having got two for Portraits and Gary Sangster and Ellis Cooper one each. It was left to John Fisher and Cooper to contest the deciding match which eventually went Cooper’s way 21 – 19 in the third end.

Fred Perry Urban Cup

Players from schools in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland took part in the local level of the Fred Perry Urban Cup in order to select a team to represent Newcastle United in the finals to be played in London on 3rd December. The successful youngsters were Shaun Smith, Darryl Penton, Jessica Waugh and Anne Sowerby.

The Tesco Express Northumbria League Cadet representative team made an excellent start in this season’s North Eastern division of the National Cadet League. A completely inexperienced team of Chris Jeffery, Arran Kent and Alex Dyter represented the league and despite losing their first match 7 – 2 to Northfield B, won all of their other three matches. They accounted for Helmsley 5 – 4, Ormesby B 8 – 1 and Hartlepool 8 – 1 to finish the first weekend in third place. Chris won nine of his tweve matches with Arran and Alex getting seven each.

NESLC Eagles are now the leading side in the Premier Division of the Tesco Express Northumbria League, having won all four of their opening games. After beating Blaydon A 10 – 0, Seaburn Dene 7 – 3 and Newton A 10 – 0 they accounted for Cramlington Casuals to the tune of 8 – 2. This match, however, was a lot closer than the score suggests with six of the ten sets going the distance. Jim Stamas and Eddie Smith were both unbeaten but was taken to five ends by all three Cramlington players – Barry, Ryan and Dean Richardson. Barry and Ryan both beat Richard Wilson but again both matches went the distance. In Wilson’s other match Dean extended him to a fifth end.

In division one Cramlington Trojans and Byker B are the early pacesetters. Byker’s latest victory came when the won 6 – 4 away to North Fire A. Adam Curran won all of his sets and had good support from Steve Dickinson who got two. Dean Eadington partnered Curran to success in the doubles match whist Frank Lasek won two for the home side with Clive Dewison and Bob Appleby each winning one.

In the same division Mortimer had Ray Purves and David Pringle on top of their game as they were both unbeaten in an 8 – 2 defeat of Newton B.

Byker and North Fire were also in opposition when Byker A team and North Firte B team fought out a 5 – 5 draw.Mark Kimberly was unbeaten for Byker in this one.

Newcastle Community A are now clear leaders in Division two after hammering Cramlington Cobras 9 – 1. In division three  Ouston A and Newton C are level at the top, both having lost just one match. North Shields YM C, however, although ten points behind have won all three of their matches

The top of the table in division four sees an all Cramlington line up at the moment with the Ravens on 29 points, Swifts on 27 and Lions on 26.

Week commencing 31 October sees the first round of the Handicap Cup competition. The draw has been circulated and clubs are reminded that fixtures MUST be played during that week, which is the week set aside for the first round. Home sides should confirm the night with the visiting team.