League Update 27th August
Cramlington Table Tennis Club finished the Northumbria Summer League with  their Casuals side winning the first division championship and their Stingers  team as runners-up. The Casuals had already been crowned champions and the  Stingers team of David Graham, Iain Wood and Bonne Habekost took second spot  when they came away from Riding Mill with a 10 – 0 victory under their belts.  Saint Chads had been in contention but despite two wins each from Chis Blake and  Jimmy Scope they were beaten 6 – 4 by YMCA North Tyneside. Andy Dryden was the  player of the match, getting a hat-trick for the YM as well as helping Nigel  Rodgers to success in the doubles. Rodgers  got one set in the singles as  did Paul Baines, both defeating Barry Cuthbertson.
Matfen B team visited Lanchester needing a draw to clinch promotion from  division three and with Alex Holliday unbeaten they  ran out 7 – 3 winners.  John Henderson picked up a couple of wins and Dave Sawn got the other. Dave  McAllister won two singles for the home side and young Thaaqib Saleem got the  other. Sacriston Bombers, however, are favourites to win the division having to  play Whitley Chapel in their final game.
Sacriston Desperadoes came out on top in the division four clash of two  young teams with Max Duffin winning all of his sets as well as the doubles with  his brother Sam. Sam lost out in the singles to Alex Creighton but twice came  from two games down to win his matches against Jamie Hall and MacKenzie Clark to  see the Desperadoes home 6 – 4
The North Eastern Masters Veterans tournament takes place on Saturday and  Sunday at The Seaburn Centre, Sunderland.
Aubrey Drapkin
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