Sacriston power into third place

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IN-FORM Sacriston St Bede’s moved into third place in Division Two of the Sunderland Table Tennis league with a powerful 9-1 win over rivals Silksworth IM B.

The late withdrawal of their No 2 player Howard Brown left Silksworth down to just two players. Alan Bickle recorded the only win for Silksworth with a fine victory over saints Nigel Coe, who bounced back well to win his remaining two sets.

Ian McAllister and Duncan Fraser were both undefeated and combined to win the doubles set.

At the bottom of the table, West CA B entertained Redby CA B with the match ending a 5-5 draw.

Joe Muldowney remained undefeated, winning all of his sets against Alan Whitwham, Michael Redfearn and Vic Austin. Howard Forster picked up a set and combined with Ian Wilson to win the only doubles set 11-9, 12-10, 12-10 which helped to secure a hard-earned draw.

Whitwham and Redfearn picked up two sets for West with Austin picking up one.

With the top three teams in Division One out of action, there was no change at the top of the league.

In the only game to be played, West CA had a comfortable 10-0 win over lowly Redby CA A to help cement their position in fourth. Ainsley, Williamson and Shingler were all undefeated for West.

Third Division leaders St John’s B and second-placed St John’s A both had comfortable 9-1 wins over St Gabriel’s C and St John’s C to move a step closer to promotion.

Sacriston St Bede’s C had a fine 7-3 win over the fast-improving Lanchester CC side to strengthen their third place position.

Ian McPherson and Chris Grant were both undefeated for the Saints and also combined to win the only doubles set.

Lanchester’s Jack Brewis, Callan McCabe and John Cook all won a set apiece which helped to make for a very entertaining game. Barry Dingwell played well for the Saints and was unfortunate not to pick up a set on the night.

H The draw for the Singles Handicap Cup quarter-finals has produced some very interesting ties.

Third Division St Gabriel’s C team-mates Graham Merden and Syd Gooding were drawn against each other, with Merden being awarded a six-point start. Gooding has an excellent record in the competition and is more than capable of clawing back the lead.

Second division player Paul Dale (Sacriston St Bede’s A) is up against Jimmy Scope – one of two players from Division One leaders St Chad’s. Scope is giving away an eight-point lead which should help create a very close and tense match.

Third Division player Jake Hannah of St John’s C will take on in-form Ian McAllister of second-division Sacriston St Bede’s B. Fast-improving Hannah has been awarded a 12-point start which is a significant advantage.

The final quarter-final sees Sean Gleghorn (St John’s C) take on Adam Curran (St Chad’s) with a 14-point start.

Quarter-final draw: Graham Merden (+6) vs. Syd Gooding, Paul Dale (+8) vs. Jimmy Scope, Jake Hannah (+12) vs. Ian McAllister, Sean Gleghorn (+14) vs. Adam Curran. Matches to be played by March 24.