In the first week of Summer league, matches in Division 2 got off to an entertaining start with a variety results. Tyneside A had a close battle against Mount C, drawing 5-5. Mount’s Mohinder Rawat won his three and Player of the Match, supported by Alex Smith who took two wins. Tyneside’s Steven Dickinson and Mark Patterson won one game each and Mark Kimberley won 2. Ouston A hosted Tyneside’s B team and Neil Wilkinson continued his form from the Winter league, winning his hat-trick as usual. Tom Fowle supported him with 2 wins but Jeff McKenna was unable to win any. Tyneside’s John Carr won 2 but Rob Lawson and David Craddock could only chip in with 1 each leading to a 6-4 loss for the away side. Duncan Fraser led his team to victory against Backspin as he won a hat-trick for Sacriston Aces against Backspin A. This match featured a brother against brother highlight as Ian Mcallister took on old brother David. Ian won this fairly comfortably 3-0 but lost to Craig Fryer. Jon Mawson beat Adam Butler and the Aces won 7-3 overall. The final match played in the division saw Neca beat Cramlington Cobras convincingly. One of the Winter Premier division’s best players, Chun Yin Yu, comfortably won his hat-trick and Player of the Match, supported by Robin Francis who also won three. Terry Kwong was unfortunately only able to win one game as he lost to both Paul Fairlamb and Jonathan Rippington. Neca won the match 8-2, temporarily putting them top of the division.
Division 3 was a different story entirely as all of its opening fixtures were one-sided on paper. Cramlington Corinthians were only able to field two players on their visit to Matfen to play against the Matfen Senators. Unfortunately neither Adrian Barnes nor Phil Smith were able to pick up any wins as the Senators line-up of Alex Holliday, David Swan and Stephen Oxley eased to a 10-0 victory. Brandon Bravehearts inflicted a similarly large defeat on away team Cramlington Trojans when they won 9-1. Jordan Dove took Player of the Match as he and Stephen Pattinson won their three, but Lyndsey Storey was able to steal a win for Cramlington when she beat Ryan Morton. Prudhoe United Services B had a fairly one-sided match when they visited Sacriston Comets, Mark O’Connor and Shirley Gelder both winning their three matches. Nigel Coe played well to beat Maurice Cheek and avoid a whitewash, Prudhoe winning 9-1 overall. New team East Boldon A may find the division quite challenging as they lost 8-2 to Matfen Tribunes. Ryan Campbell won one for the home side when he beat Mark Perrin but the Tribunes’ John Henderson and Nigel Tree both won all of their games.