The battle for the 2nd Division Championship of the Cleveland & District Summer Table Tennis League became even closer last week when the team in 2nd position, Northfield B beat the leaders Hartlepool Westbourne B by 6-4.
In the picture above left to right are some of the Westbourne B team with their number one supporter John Bushnell on the left and Alan Price, Andy Greason and David Hutchinson
Lee Russell was the star of the match for Northfield scoring a hat trick whilst Tom Webster did well to win two. The match was very close with two of the sets going to five games, and being won by Northfield. Webster beat Alan Price at 11-5 in the fifth, and Russell beating Price by 11-6 in the decider. For Westbourne B Price, Gary Pearson and Jason Lloyd all won one with Alan Price joining with Andy Greason to win the Doubles to bring the score line back to 4-6.
Northfield B themselves had earlier run into some difficulties against their own C team when Steve Burge had scored a hat trick. Despite Burge’s victories, the B team still won the match but only by 6-4 with two each from Tom Webster, Lee Russell and one from Gary Whittle.
The 3rd team in contention for honours in Division 2, Nunthorpe B defeated Westbourne C by 7-3 with a hat trick from David Hildreth and two each from Trevor Teasdale and John Goulding. John Harper produced some stubborn resistance for Westbourne B beating Trevor Teasdale and taking John Goulding to deuce in the fifth.
Westbourne B lead the division with 103 points from 13 matches whist Northfield B are just 1 point behind on 102. Nunthorpe B remain in the frame with 91 points with a match in hand.