League leaders Ormesby B lost ground in their bid to clinch the Cleveland & District Summer Table Tennis League First Division title last week when they were held to a 5-5 draw by the Hartlepool team, Westbourne A.
Jimmy Scope and Keith Robertson provided most of the opportunities for Westbourne A with Jimmy Scope scoring a narrow victory over Karl Shaw at 12-10 in the decider. Keith Robertson also won against Karl Shaw, this was by 3-1. The star of the Ormesby B team was David Ashwell, although he was stretched to five games by Scope.
Ormesby A who are in second place at the moment are looking strong prospects for the title, recorded a comfortable 9-1 win over Nunthorpe A with hat tricks from George Hill and David Gofton. Nunthorpe A’s surprise win was scored by Robert Evans who beat Jack Cope at 11-5 in the decider.
Another team in contention for the title is Northfield A, who also lost ground when they dropped four points to Beaumont Accountancy Nomads B winning 6-4. Karina Le Fevre was the star of this match, scoring a hat trick for Northfield A, whilst Sam Hitchin and Isobel Ashley won two each for Beaumont B. Malcolm Corking and Ian Plummer both won one each for Northfield A against Jane Lynas.
These results put Ormesby B in the top position with 36 points from five matches, whilst Ormesby A are in second place with 29 points from four, Westbourne A are in third position with 26 points from five matches whilst Northfield A are with 25 points from four.
Alan Ransome OBE