In Division 1 this week, three of the four matches were decidedly one-sided. Mount B travelled to Brandon to face Brandon Air and only Jamie Dent was able to win a match for the away team. Lee Tinkler and Jamie Lupton both won their three, Troy Maddison winning two. Rod Roberts came close to beating Tinkler but couldn’t get started in the deciding end. Dave Cutler was only able to win one end all evening against the newest team in the division.
League-leaders Cramlington Stingers travelled to Old England as a line-up of Marc Cotton, Dale Aitkenhead and Steven Penman faced a home side of Lynne Herrington, Joe Muldowney and Alan Atkinson. Unfortunately the Stingers were simply too good on the evening and despite some close games, including two five-end tight victories for Penman, Old England found themselves on the receiving ends of a 10-0 whitewash. Mount A had a better week than the club’s B team when they hosted Prudhoe United Services A.
Mount’s Duncan Wraight, David Pringle and Phil Prady won 9-1 over Mark O’Connor, Maurice Cheek and Shirley Gelder. Wraight and Prady both won their three plus the doubles and David Pringle, returning for his first competitive match in over 2 months away from the game due to injury, assisted with another two wins. O’Connor beat Pringle to preserve a sliver of dignity for the visitors.
The closest game of the week was a 6-4 victory for St Chads against Cramlington Casuals. The home team’s line-up consisted of Keith Weatherby, Jimmy Scope and Charlotte Weatherby whilst the away team fielded Gareth Pearson, Adam Webster and James Bradbury. Webster managed to win two matches for the away side but hit a brick wall when he came up against Jimmy Scope who beat him comfortably in three straight ends with the youngster unable to get close to his opponent. Scope took Player of the Match with his hat-trick of wins which helped to seal the victory for the home team.
As things stand, both Cramlington Stingers and St Chads have won all of their matches and find themselves first and second respectively. The Stingers have only lost 4 sets to Chads’ 8 however and their win this week keeps them top of the table.