This week saw the top of the table clash in the Premier division between NESLC Eagles and Cramlington Casuals. Home advantage did not help the Eagles as they were defeated 8-2. The Casuals had recently crowned Northumberland Champion Andrew Wilkinson and Band 1 winner Peter Smallcombe playing alongside team captain Steve Penman. Both Wilkinson and Smallcombe winning all of their games and combining to win the doubles were in supreme form and it was the home sides Jim Stamas and Richard Wilson who won the two against Penman. This now puts the casuals seven points clear at the top of the division with a game in hand. The NE Chinese Association are the only other team in contention and won away 9-1 against an injury weakened Mitford A. This puts the Eagles and the Chinese on equal points having played the same number of games. With only 5 matches remaining the run in should be very tight.
In division one another top of the table clash did not take place as Newton A postponed the match against the Mount B due to illness of players. Only 3 points separate the teams and the rearranged fixture will almost certainly decide who will win this division.
This Friday sees the annual Northumberland County Junior tournament take place at Cramlington with 26 competitors from 7pm onwards. The number 1 seed to take the junior Norman Moore Memorial Cup is rising Cadet Star Adam Webster though second seed Lee Tinkler has to be a threat. Webster is also favourite to win the cadet title. In the under 13 singles brothers Alfie and Archie Stokes could possibly make it a family affair in the final. Only five competitors will fight it out in the under 12 singles. Spectators are more than welcome to attend and entry is free.