Although the Casuals have a game in hand, NESLC Eagles took the lead at the top of the division this week when they beat Cramlington Tigers 9-1. Richard Wilson only dropped 1 end for the away team, earning him the Player of the Match award but Rob Reed deserves a mention too for a stoic victory against Paul Baines, picking up the Tigers’ only win. Elsewhere in the Premier division, St Chads travelled to Old England and beat the Jacks 8-2 whilst NECA A hosted Riding Mill A and beat them 10-0 even without star player Chun Yin Yu.
In Division 1, Robert Renton may have taken part in his last game of table tennis as Mount B travelled to Matfen to play against the Centurions. Renton, a youngster who has been a part of the Northumberland, Sunderland and Bishop Auckland table tennis communities for a number of years, announced his departure from the sport on social media just a couple of days after this game. Mount won 8-2, Rodney Roberts and David Cutler both winning hat-tricks for the away side. Conversely, Mohinder Rawat who has recently come back to the sport after some time out, won his three for Mount C as they beat Newton B 6-4. Newton B played twice this week and proved to be more successful at home to NECA B which they won 6-4. Robert Lawson, Chas Robertson and David Lucas all won 2 matches but NECA’s Steve Robinson was too strong for the three and went on to win his hat-trick and Player of the Match.