With a 9-1 victory over Beaumont Accountancy Nomads D in last week’s fixtures, East Cleveland look to be on track to clinch the 2nd Division Championship title of the Middlesbrough and District Table Tennis League.     

With hat tricks from Noel Clerkin, Albert Wilson and Ray Darcy winning two, East Cleveland were worthy winners.  The main opposition came from Jane Lynas who beat Darcy 11-5 in the decider.  Lynas also played well against Wilson where she led by two games to nil, but then lost next three including the decider at 13-11. 

East Cleveland’s main opponents Ormesby F, did well in their fixture with an 8-2 victory over Nunthorpe C.  John McCullow was the star for the Ormesby team scoring a hat trick whilst Tom Hand and Keith Lewis won two each.  Anthony Montague and Glyn Robinson replied with one each for Nunthorpe C.  The closest victory for Ormesby F was when Keith Lewis beat Anthony Montague, Lewis was trailing by two games to one before winning the fourth at 11-9 and the decider at 13-11. 

These results put East Cleveland in pole position as they have 113 points from 14 matches.  Ormesby F currently head the table with 114 points but having played one fixture more.  The team in third place Swerve D are probably too far behind now to be able to catch the two front runners with 99 points from 14 matches.

Alan Ransome OBE 

Author: via Middlesbrough Table Tennis League
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