Big win is a title warning

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SILKSWORTH IM A sent out a strong warning to reigning Division One champions Thompson Insurance A with an outstanding 10-0 victory over St Chad’s.

Graeme Barella started the rout with a win over the experienced Northumberland County defender Jimmy Scope, who had no answer to the attacking and powerful play of his opponent.

Anthony Barella then defeated Durham County player Keith Weatherby 11-9, 14-12, 11-8 in an excellent game with both players turning on the style.

The point of the match saw a 15-stroke rally with both players off the table with loop-to-loop strokes before Barella hit a stunning winner down the line.

The game continued in familiar fashion with another outstanding performance by Ryan Richardson when he secured a 3-2 victory over Steve Penman 10-12, 11-9, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7.

St Chad’s were playing excellent table tennis but Silksworth were just too strong and the Saints finally waved the white flag in the final set. It was an outstanding performance by Silksworth and if they can consistently play their strongest side, they must be in the mix for the title.

Thompson Insurance A had Darren McVitie playing his first match of the season against St. Gabriel’s A. He was joined by team-mates Andrew Wilkinson and Allan Thompson, who was playing his first game following a bad neck and shoulder injury sustained in a recent car crash.

McVitie and Wilkinson remained unbeaten but unfortunately Thompson was unable to play to his usual standard – losing to Gibson, Bainbridge and Pescod. Thompson Insurance A were eventual 7-3 winners.

Results: Durham CA 9 Redby CA A 1, Redby CA A 1 Thompson Ins B 9, St. Chad’s 0 Silksworth IM A 10, St. Gabriel’s A 2 St. Chad’s 8, Thompson Ins A 7 St. Gabriel’s A 3, Thompson Ins A 10 Durham CA 0.

Second Division leaders Redby CA lost 7-3 to St. Gabriel’s B. Geoff Young (3), Dave Revell (3) and a win in the doubles helped the Saints gain a valuable maximum points win.

Sacriston St. Bede’s A secured two wins against West CA B 8-2 and Redby CA B 7-3.

Silksworth IM B remain in the hunt following their 7-3 victory over West CA B. Alan Bickle and Bob Sanderson were undefeated for Silksworth while the sets for West CA were secured by Whitwham and Redfern in the singles and doubles.

West’s Vic Austin played well on the night but was narrowly defeated by Graham Brown in the deciding game of their set.

Results: Redby CA 3 St. Gabriel’s B 7, Redby CA B 4 Mortimer CA 6, Sacriston St. Bede’s A 8 West CA B 2, Sacriston St. Bede’s A 7 Redby CA B 3, West CA B 3 Silksworth IM B 7

Division Three newcomers Lanchester CC recorded their first win of the season, 10-0 against Redby CA C.

John Cook, Callan McCabe and Jack Brewis were unbeaten for Lanchester with Cook and McCabe combining to win the doubles 12-10, 11-4, 11-2 over Bevan and Ford to ensure maximum points for their win.

The tightest game saw Redby’s experienced Bevan narrowly defeated by McCabe 10-12, 13-15, 10-12. Despite being unable to record a win, Aimee should be very happy with her contribution on the night.

However, Lanchester were unable to continue their winning streak when they were defeated 9-1 by the experienced St. Gabriel’s. Syd Goodings and Ronnie Douglass were undefeated for the Saints – John Cook recording the only set for Lanchester with a win over Graham Murdon.

St. John’s A continued their unbeaten run with 6-4 and 8-2 victories over Sacriston St. Bede’s A and Redby CA C, respectively.

The match against Sacriston was an extremely close affair, going right down to the wire – with Eszter Soos just pipping Sacriston’s Lee Mather in the fifth and final game of the final set 11-8 to secure the win for St. John’s.

There was excellent individual performances from both teams. Eszter Soos (2), Craig Burton (2) and Craig Hilton (2) recorded the six sets for St. John’s A.

Lee Mather (2) and Ian McPherson (1) and the doubles match enabled Sacriston to gain a share of the points for a very hard fought game – one point to Sacriston and three to St. John’s.

Results: Lanchester CC 1 St. Gabriel’s C 9, Redby CA C 0 Lanchester CC 10, Sacriston St. Bede’s C 4 St. John’s A 6, Sacriston St. Bede’s C 9 St. John’s C 1, St. Gabriel’s C 9 Sacriston St. Bede’s D 1, St. John’s A 8 Redby CA C 2, St. John’s B 8 Sacriston St. Bede’s D 2.