The champions, Cramlington Casuals, regained top spot in the Premier Division of the Northumbria League after Gary Sangster, Andrew Wilkinson and Steve Penman defeated a weakened Byker side 10 – 0.
Saint Chads, however, yet to be beaten this season, had a convincing 9 – 1 victory over Cramlington Reivers. Jimmy Scope and young Josh Weatherby were both unbeaten with Chris Blake getting two singles and winning the doubles with Weatherby.
Riding Mill A team lost a little ground on leaders North Fire in division one when they lost a close match with third placed Cramlington Tigers. Young Peter Smallcombe had a hat – trick for the winners and was backed up by Lee Eadington who got two and Ronnie Scott as they won the last two sets to edge home 6 – 4 and retain their unbeaten record. Peter Stempczyk did best for the home side with success in two singles.
With Sacriston Aces well clear at the top of Division Two Newton B and Old England Crocks are currently the teams in contention for second place and both recorded big wins when unbeaten performances from Dave Lucas and Rob Lawson helped Newton to beat Matfen C 8 – 2 while Ken Clark and Bateman did likewise for the Crocks who came away from Cramlington Cobras with a 9 – 1 win.
Young Cramlington Corinthians did well in division three to win 6 – 4 away to Saints to move up to third place.
Ouston B and C teams are having a good season and head the lower divisions.The B team of Peter Scott, Tom Fowle and Jeff McKenna defeated Cramlington Spartans 7 – 3 in division three, the C team of Dave Nichols, Jamie Milroy and Iain Munford just managing to defeat Cramlington Lions 6 – 4 in division 4.