Two of the Division 1 title contenders locked horns this week in the Stockton & District Table Tennis league. Eaglescliffe B hosted Northfield Advanced at Eaglescliffe Village Hall with the visitors running out 8-2 winners. Anthony Phoenix, who was unbeaten last season dropped 2 games loosing narrowly to both Jevon Chan & Joe Cope. Phoenix lost the first 2 ends to Chan 9 & 9 and then staged a comeback winning the next 2 but couldn’t find the 3rdloosing 11-7 in a great win for Chan. Joe Cope again showed his quality beating Phoenix in 4 ends. Phoenix then went on to secure a great victory over Jack Cope winning 8 in the 5th. Alex Garlick picked up Eaglescliffe’s other point in another fine win over Chan. This great win for Advanced puts them in a commanding position even at this early stage of the season. Elsewhere Northfield Meercats notched up a hard fought 6-4 win over Northfield Pingers. Mick Young was man of the match beating Tony Langley comfortably but had to work harder beating Ian Plumber in 5 ends and a returning Pete Sermon in 4 with 2 ends going to deuce. Kevin Linsley, steady as ever, won 2, beating Plumber & Sermon. Also at Northfield, The Patriots secured a straightforward 10-0 win over Hartlepool Westbourne with only Peter Able offering any resistance. Jimmy Scope had a fine night showing why he’s one of the area’s top defenders.
In division 2 Eaglescliffe C kept up their pressure on early leaders Westbourne B with a great 7-3 win with only 2 men over the Wanderers peoples centre, Geoff Howe & Phil Lowther proving too strong for the Wanderers. Bishop Auckland Braves fought well against the 2 men of Real Sosobad winning 8-2 with Steve Richardson claiming the man of the match award for a fine night. One of the matches of the week was Northfield Steelers against Stockton Cricket Club with the Steelers coming out 6-4 victors. John Miller, ever present in the Stockton League, had a great night beating Gary Whittle 7 in the 5thafter Whittle was on the comeback trail after loosing the first 2 ends. Miller also had a great win over fellow Veteran Dave Drummond 9 in the 5th. Tommy Webster, top player on the night, stopped Millers hattrick and claimed his own winning in 4 tight ends. Peter Philips performed well for the Cricket Club winning 2 including a superb win over Drummond. Elsewhere Northfield Hippos shared the spoils with Eaglescliffe D with Jane Durham showing her experience with 3 fine wins, Chris Rayner pushed her close in 4 tight ends but was unable to get over the line. The doubles proved crucial as Durham & Jones beating Shallows & Chamberlain 14-12,5-11,12-10,11-13 & 13-11 in the 5thto claim a draw.