League Update 25th June
Saint Chads team of Keith Weatherby, Jimmy Scope and Chris Blake kept on the heels of the leaders in the first division of the Northumbria Summer League with a resounding 10 - 0 victory over Riding Mill while the leaders Cramlington Casuals defeated YMCA North Tyneside 8 – 2 with Andrew Wilkinson and Iain Wood getting hat-tricks.
Sacriston Aces retained their unbeaten record and the leadership of division two when they overcame Cramlington Cobras 8 – 2 with Ian McAllister and Waldenar Dzwonkowski too good for the opposition but North Fire’s team of Frank Lasek, Bob Appleby and Karen Henry narrowed the gap to three points with a 10 – 0 success against Springwell B.  Dan Dodds and Neil Rodgers were both unbeaten for Ouston A who saw off Mortimer to the tune of 9 – 1 and another player to win all of his sets in this division was Jake Helm of Old England to help his side to an 8 – 2 victory over North East Chinese Association.
Matfen B lost their first match of the season when they entertained Sacriston Bombers in division three, going down 8 –2 to Dan Hutchinson, Lee Maher and Ian McPherson. They quickly got back to winning ways ,  6 – 4 away to Cramlington Corinthians in a hard fought match. Lynsey Storey was on fire for the home team getting all three of her singles backed up by Alan Hedley with one but two sets each from Alex Holliday and Dave Swan, one from John Henderson and the doubles saw Matfen to victory and left them level with the Bombers at the top of the table.
Cramlington Knights drew for the third time when they visited Sacriston Comets and Matfen B were too good for Whitley Chapel, recording an 8 – 2 success.
Newcomers Brandon and Byshottles are turning out to be the strongest team in the fourth division and have opened up a six point lead after seeing off Sacriston Desperadoes 9 – 1, Simon Knopf and John Leeman winning all of their sets and John Spencer getting two. James Ainsley was in fine form for NESLC to help his side to a 6 – 4 victory over the Chinese Association B team  and the Ouston B team of Jamie Dent, Norman Badger and Jamie Milroy were too strong for Cramlington Magpies winning 9 – 1. Sacriston Chargers had their German league player Anna Kiwitt in good form as well as Peter Whitfield as they ran out 8 – 2 victors over Cramlington Jaguars.
 
Aubrey Drapkin
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