Northfield Advanced tightened their grip on top spot in the Stockton & District Table Tennis League First Division this week with a 9-1 win over Northfield Belatrojo. Richard Johnson took the only point for Belatrojo with good win over Dave Ashwell, however John Crawford was unlucky to come away with nothing after taking both Jack & Joe Cope to 5. Johnson narrowly missed out to Jack Cope in a thrilling encounter. Cope took a 2-0 lead but then Johnson grew in confidence and started to read Cope’s defence better taking the next 2 ends narrowly 11 & 10. Cope, however held his nerve to take the 5thend 11-9. Northfield Patriots kept up the pressure on Eaglescliffe A for 2ndplace after a 7-3 win over Northfield Meerkats. Mark Simon was MOTM with 3 comprehensive wins, only Karl Shaw taking an end off him on the night. Mick Young fought well as ever to take a victory over Jimmy Scope in a close fought match. Eaglescliffe A unfortunately could only field an under strength side against Northfield Pingers with Chris Rayner stepping up from the 2ndDivision to cover. Rayner found it a step too far but did himself proud with some good play especially against Ian Plumber where he narrowly lost in 5. Chris Johns claimed his 3 in a MOTM performance but the game of the night was between Nick Corking & Stephen Baines. Corking took the 1st15-13 only for Baines to hit back with the next 2 games 9 & 5. Baines then went 6-2 up in the 4thbut Corking then raised his game taking that end 11-9. The 5thproved the most dramatic with Baines yet again taking a lead but Corking fought hard eventually winning 17-15 in the 5th. Corking & Johns beat Sermon & Plumber in a tight doubles match to claim a 7-3 win.
In Division 2 Westbourne B dropped points and the Steelers took full advantage. Stockton Cricket Club hosted Westbourne and Peter Phillips had a great night claiming a hattrick. Paul Scrafton Chipped in with a win over Alan Price for the Cricket Clubs other point on the night. Greason & Price won the doubles to claim what could be a very important narrow victory. The Steelers capitalised with a 9-1 win over Eaglescliffe C, only Tom Hand troubling the scorers for Eaglescliffe with a win over Lee Russell. That dropped point could prove vital as we move towards the end of the season. Elsewhere 10-0 victories for Westbourne C & Northfield Hippos over Real Sosobad & Bishop Auckland Braves respectfully were routine. Good nights for Chris Rayner & John Shallow saw Eaglescliffe D claim an important win over Wanderers peoples centre. Rayner proved his worth in another MOTM performance.
Report: James Corking