AN EXCELLENT performance from debutant Joshua Weatherby helped St Chad’s record a fine victory over Sacriston Aces to maintain second place in the Sunderland and District League’s First Division.
Joshua played beyond his years to beat experienced Sacriston player Jon Mawson, coming back from 1-0 down (14-12) to win three games in a row to take the set 3-1.
The win helped his team move into a commanding 3-0 lead following victories by his father Keith Weatherby and Cuthbertson over, respectively, Duncan Fraser and Ian McAllister.
Fraser managed to pull a set back for Sacriston with an impressive win over Cuthbertson, before St Chad’s restored their three-set lead following a win in the doubles.
Joshua played exceptionally well in his two remaining sets, but was very unfortunate to narrowly lose out 3-1 to Sacriston’s McAllister and 3-2 (11-7 in the fifth) to Fraser.
Cuthbertson edged an epic set against McAllister, 11-9 in the fifth, to win 3-2.
With Keith Weatherby winning his final two singles sets, Saints were good value for their 7-3 victory to ensure a memorable night for Joshua, who was named man of the match for his fine display in his first league game.
With young Charlotte Weatherby hoping to make her debut in the coming weeks, it promises to be a real family affair for the Weatherbys and is testament to their hard work and dedication.
Mortimer CA moved into third position following a fine 9-1 win over St Gabriel’s A, but they were beaten 8-2 by league leaders Thompson Insurance A.
Andrew Wilkinson (3), Marc Cotton (3) and Diane Cartmell did the damage for Thompson, with Wilkinson and Cotton also combining to win the doubles, sealing a maximum points win.
In Division Two, St Gabriel’s C are the new leaders following a hard-earned draw against Redby CA B.
Man of the match Syd Gooding had an impressive performance, with two wins in his three singles sets, including an excellent 3-2 victory (13-11 win in the fifth) against Joe Muldowney, before helping team-mate Graham Murdon win the all-important doubles.
With Murdon also picking up two sets, Saints were assured of the draw.
Redby’s sets were won by Muldowney (2), Howard Foster (2), including an excellent and hard-earned win over Gooding, and Allan Girdwood.
Redby recovered from their loss to secure a 6-4 win over Sacriston Bombers. Muldowney won his three singles and teamed up with Ian Wilson to claim the doubles.
With Foster playing exceptionally well to edge two further sets over Daniel Hutchinson (13-11 in the fifth) and Daniel Nicholson (11-7 in the fifth), Redby edged home.
Ian McPherson (2), Nicholson and Hutchinson picked up the sets as Sacriston picked up a consolation point for their efforts.
St Gabriel’s B drew 5-5 with West CA A, while Silksworth IM ended level with Sacriston Bombers.
Robin Kerr starred for West, with Bob Sanderson best in Silksworth IM’s clash.
The top of Division Three remains unchanged with all three sides recording wins.
Leaders St John A – Istvan Soos, Craig Hilton and Lynda Todd –had a convincing 10-0 win over Sacriston Desperadoes, but were taken aback by the quality of the visitors and were made to dig deep to counter the skills of their young opponents.
Aidan McKie, aged 13, played very well, using his backhand block to good effect, and came close to taking a couple of games.
Oliver Turnbull, also 13, playing his attacking forehand, took two games from Todd, but fell away in the deciding end.
The star of the night was again 15-year-old Erin Harrison, who impressed with her all-round skills being able to play attack or defence.
The game of the night saw her play very well against Saints’ top player Soos, ensuring he had to work hard for his victory.
East Boldon recorded a fine 6-4 win over St John B. Neil Wilkinson (2), Dave Butler (2) and William Walton won the singles sets for Boldon, with the former two combining to take the doubles.
Robert Renton shone for St John after winning his three singles sets. With Chris Wold picking up a set, the Saints were rewarded with a point for their efforts.
West CA B enjoyed a comfortable 9-1 win over St John C.
Vic Austin was man of the match after winning all three singles sets and combining with Alan Whitwham (3) to add the doubles.
Richie Pattison played an almost faultless game against Tommy Turner to record the only set for St John.
St John B beat Sacriston Chargers 9-1, while St John C overcame Sacriston Desperadoes 8-2, with Max Duffin winning the two sets for Desperadoes.
Results, Div One: Sacriston Aces 3 St Chad’s 7, St Gabriel’s A 1 Mortimer CA 9, Thompson Insurance A 8 Mortimer 2
Div Two: Redby CA B 5 St Gabriel’s C 5, Sacriston Bombers 4 Redby CA B 6, Silksworth IM 5 Sacriston Bombers 5, St Gabriel’s 5 West CA A 5
Div Three: Sacriston Desperadoes 2 St John C 8, St John A 10 Sacriston Desperadoes 0, East Boldon 6 St John B 4, St John B 9 Sacriston Chargers 1, St John C 1 West CA B 9