The battle at the top of Division 1 of the Middlesbrough and District Table Tennis League tightened last week when the current leaders Beaumont Nomads A dropped 4 points to Ormesby C, while Nunthorpe A and Ormesby A closed the gap with a 10-0 victory over East Cleveland A.
Tony Langley was the star of the Nomads team, scoring a hat trick with wins against Chris Edwards 11-7 in the decider, Nigel Savage 3-1 and David Noutch 3-1. Peter Abell won two for the Nomads with a narrow victory against Edwards 11-8 in the decider. For Ormesby, Nigel Savage produced the strongest performance with a straight game win over Peter Abell and a narrow victory against Peter Sermon at 11-9 in the fifth game. Edwards and Noutch won one each for Ormesby
Nunthorpe A visited and defeated Ormesby E by 10-0 with hat tricks from David Pashley, David Williams and Nicky Corking. Only two of the ten sets needed the fourth game.
Ormesby A scored a very comfortable victory against East Cleveland with hat tricks from David Gofton, Jack Cope and George Hill, Only the doubles were close when Huw Williams and Albert Wilson took Gofton and Hill to five games after leading 2-1.
These results leave Nomads A at the top of the Division with 34 points but Nunthorpe, Nomads B and Ormesby A are all in contention having played a match less and have 32, 29 and 28 points respectively.
Alan Ransome OBE