League Update 28th May
Seaburn Dene had Chris Dixon in fine form when they visited Riding Mill in the First Division of the Northumbria Summer League winning all three of his sets. With Rod Roberts getting two and the pairing of Dixon and Ken Bowman taking the doubles match the Dene came away with a 6 – 4 victory. Maurice Cheek did best for the home team with victories over Roberts and Bowman. Dave Pringle and Alex Smith both won two sets for Springwqell at Cramlington Casuals but with Keith Patterson unbeaten the home side edged the match 6 – 4. Another player to win all of his sets in the top division was Dale Aitkenhead, his hat-trick helping the Stingers to beat Tyne Dock 6 – 4.
Second Division Sacriston Aces have found a top player in Waldemar Dzwonkowski who easily won all of his against North Fire and Old England, both matches ending in draws. It will be surprising if the Polish player loses any sets in this division. Old England visited Mortimer when hat-tricks from Alan Atkinson and Lynne Herrington took them to an 8 – 2 victory. With Chris Walton and Dan Dodds both winning all of their singles and also combining to take the doubles Ouston A came away from Springwell B with a 9 – 1 success under their belts, Neil Rodgers getting the other two.
The clash between the two Matfen teams in division three saw the stronger B team come out on top to the tune of 7 – 3 with Alex Holiday and Dave Swan both achieving maximums Three sets each for Alan Hedley and Paul Jamieson gave Corinthians a 7 – 3 over Sacriston Comets while Sacriston Bombers beat the Knights by the same score with Ian McPherson unbeaten
Brandon and Byshottles defeated NECA B team 8 – 2 in division four, Simon Knopf and John Spencer getting hat-tricks and the two Sacriston sides Chargers and Desperadoes both had victories over the Cramlington Magpies and Jaguars respectively. Anna Kiwitt and Terry Charlton won all of their matches for the Chargers and Max Duffin did likewise for the Desperadoes. NESLC gained a 7 – victory at Ouston with Russell Roper unbeaten.
Most results are being sent to Dale Aitkenhead promptly but the standard of completion of the cards is leaving a lot to be desired. In many cases no division, no team numbers, incorrect scores, illegible writing, even incorrect names have appeared so far. Please remember that Dale does a great job but as with all of us it is on a voluntary basis and he should not be having to chase up clubs in order to ensure that correct data goes on the 365 system. He has to enter every game result, i.e. 11 – 9 5 –11 etc. If these are not correct the system will either produce a different match result to the scorecard or will not accept it and Dale then has to contact the home club concerned. A copy of a correct scorecard is again attached. One result from week 2 has not yet been received : Whitley Chapel v Lanchester in div 3
Please remember that there are no byes in any division so try not to postpone if possible. Also remember that you cannot postpone or accept a postponement if you already have two matches postponed.
Coverage continues in the Evening Chronicle on Wednesdays. I supply copy on a Sunday and then forward the same copy for the league and county websites on the Wednesday. All teams were asked to copy me in
when sending their results to Dale (see handbook) but very few are which means that he has then to copy them to me. Please copy me in as requested, but note that I shall be on holiday from Friday for two weeks.
Alan Hedley will be supplying copy whilst I am away.
Author: Dale Aitkenhead via Northumbria Table Tennis League