This week’s Division 1 matches looked short of personnel as the league’s top veterans travelled to Alicante to compete in the World Veteran Championships. Notable successes include David “The Legend” Godbold getting to the last 32 of the 50-59 bracket amidst 1,000 entries whilst Geoff Salter and John Williamson both progressed to the last 32 of the 65-69s.
As such the Cramlington Stingers team looked a lot like Division 2’s Casuals when they faced Riding Mill. Mark O’Connor took Player of the Match by edging out a 5 set game against Gareth Pearson after a relatively comfortable win against Adam Webster. The Weatherby family turned out in force against Byker A when Keith and son Josh both won their 3, plus the doubles to win 7-3.
Backspin TTC A put up a strong fight in Division 2 against a seasoned Ouston A team with each of their players getting 1 win plus the doubles. Winter season Premier stalwart David Pringle was too strong however, taking 3 scalps and Player of the Match. Matfen A and Sacriston Aces fought a close match with Holliday, Swan, Mcallister and Fraser all winning 2. The Aces scraped the win in the end, Mawson taking 1 and Mcallister/Fraser winning the doubles.
In Division 3, Matfen B beat Sacriston Comets 7-3 and Byker B beat Cramlington Cobras by the same score whilst Cramlington Trojans breezed to a 10-0 victory over Backspin TTC B, dropping only 3 sets in the process.
Brandon and Byshottles had mixed fortunes in Division 4 with the Crocodiles only winning the doubles and losing 9-1 to Cramlington Corinthians whilst the Bees beat Whitley Chapel 7-3. In Division 5 they fared worse with their Energy team losing 10-0 to the experienced NESLC lineup and the Devils scraping a 5-5 draw against Cramlington Jaguars.