The title race at the top of Division 2 of the Middlesbrough and District Table Tennis League tightened last week after the division leaders Ormesby F were defeated 8-2 by East Cleveland.
Noel Clerkin and Albert Wilson were the stars for the East Cleveland team both scoring hat tricks, whilst Huw Williams won one set. For Ormesby Tom Hand and Chris Gunn won one set each. The closest set of the evening was the doubles when Huw Williams and Albert Wilson for East Cleveland came from 2-0 down to win three games by narrow margins to clinch the set beating John McCullow and Tom Hand.
The team in second place Beaumont Accountancy Nomads D narrowed the gap with a 6-4 victory over Ormesby G for whom Jane Lynas was the best player scoring a hat trick. Bruce Lowther played his part with two wins, Sid Davis with two, Alan Fowler and Mike Newton both with one contributed to the Ormesby score. The doubles was also the closest match here when Bruce Lowther and Jane Lynas beat Alan Fowler and Mike Newton by 11-9 in the decider.
The only other team in contention for the title, Swerve D also narrowed the gap over the top team with an 8-2 victory over Ormesby Wheelers. Angus Poole and Stephen Tuck both scored hat tricks in this match whilst Ian Taylor won two losing only to Brian Holloway.
These results mean that Ormesby F remain at the top of the table with 92 points from 12 games, whilst Beaumont Accountancy Nomads D are in second place with 89 and Swerve D with 83 are third. At this point in the season the teams divide into two sections.
For Division 2 this means the top seven teams East Cleveland, Ormesby F, Ormesby E, Swerve D, Nunthorpe C, Beaumont Accountancy Nomads D and Swerve E fit into the top section to play each other once more. While the remaining six teams all play each other in the lower section.
Division 1 also splits with the top six teams Ormesby A & B Beaumont Accountancy Nomads A, and Swerve A, B & C making up the top teams all to play each other, effectively giving more time to decide the league championship.
Alan Ransome OBE