League Update 3rd July
The match between Cramlington Stingers and Saint Chads was a keenly contested affair in the first division of the Northumbria Summer League with the Saints taking an early lead when Adam Curran beat David Graham and Jimmy Scope overcoming Iain Wood. Bonne Habekost then pulled one back for the Stingers with victory over Dave Bissett but Curran won again over five ends against Wood. Habekost and Wood took the doubles set by beating Curran and Scope to start a revival for the home side who went on to win the next three matches before Curran completed his hat-trick against Habekost to keep his side in contention. The final match between Graham and Scope swung one way and then the other with Graham edging home 12- 10 in the fifth end. Alex Smith was in good form for Springwell and his unbeaten performance helped his side to a draw with Tyne Dock.
Frank Lasek and Barry Hill both did well for North Fire in the second division when they visited Mortimer and with Bob Appleby getting two sets and Appleby and Lasek taking the doubles they ran out 9 – 1 winners, Jamie Westwater getting the lone set for the home side.
In the third division Cramlington Knights won their first match of the season with Diane Cartmell unbeaten in a 6 – 4 victory over Matfen A being backed up by two sets from Adrian Barnes and one from Blair Carmichael. Lynsey Storey was again in winning vein and her three sets helped Cramlington Corinthians to come away from Whitley Chapel with a 6 – 4 victory under their belts. Paul Jamieson won a couple of sets and Kit Robinson got the other with Stefan Sobell taking two for the home team. Dave McAllister got a hat-trick for Lanchester but his side went down 6 –4 to Matfen B and the derby match between Sacriston Bombers and Sacriston Comets was won 8 – 2 by the Bombers.
Brandon and Byshottles lost for the first time in division four when they visited Ouston B who had Mark Rodgers and Jeff McKenna both turning in unbeaten performances as their side won 9 – 1. The Chinese players George Ge, Chung Yan Ho and Nick Xuen representing NECA second team raced to a 10 – 0 win over Cramlington Magpies and the all Sacriston match saw the Chargers edge home 6 – 4 against the Desperadoes despite Max Duffin winning all of his sets for the losing side.
Author: Dale Aitkenhead via Northumbria Table Tennis League