The North East Chinese Association finished their Northumbria League Premier Division on a high note with victories over Cramlington Casuals and Springwell. They turned out a very strong team against the Casuals, who had already been crowned champions, including Clara Chau the Durham University student from Singapore and and Chun Yin Yu who had been doing well in the Grand Prix events. Chau was the star performer, beating Andrew Wilkinson, Steve Penman and Barry Richardson all in straight games. Yu was also unbeaten, gaining revenge over Wilkinson to whom he lost in the semi finals of the Northumberland tournament and Matthew Stephens got in on the act by defeating Richardson in an 8 – 2 victory.
Yu then won all of his matches against Springwell with victories over John Williamson, Alex Smith and Dave Pringle and was backed up by Xiao Huang and Stephens as the Chinese won 7 – 3.
After a very short break competitive table tennis resumes next week with the commencement of the Northumbria Summer League which this year will have 38 teams taking part in five divisions, an increase of six teams compared with last summer. Brandon and Byshottles, Lanchester, Cramlington, and Matfen have all entered additional sides and Birtley and Byker have come back in but unfortunately there will be no teams from N.E.S.L.C. YMCA North Tyneside or Tyne Dock this time round.
Sacriston Aces will take their place in the First Division, having been unbeaten in Division two last year and could well be the team to watch, especially if they have their Polish star,Waldemar Dzwonkowski playing regularly again this summer. Cramlington should again be a force to reckon with although they will not be using their top players on a regular basis.