NORTH East Bed Centre had a comfortable 9–1 win over Redby CA A to leapfrog rivals Sacriston St Bede’s B to the top of Division Two in the Sunderland and District Table Tennis Association League.
There were only a small number of rearranged matches played last week as the league winds down at the end of the first half of the campaign.
Alex Smith (3), Dave Pringle (3) and Gary Anderson (2) did the damage for NEBC, with the former pairing up to win the only doubles set over Malcolm Deneven and Amanda Paxton.
Frank Booth recorded the only set for Redby with a straight sets win over Anderson.
In Division One, Durham CA, represented by John Williamson, Christian Neumann and Gavin Bestford, had a hard fought maximum points win over Sacriston St Bede’s A, who chose to field their regular team consisting of Duncan Fraser, John Mawson and Ian McAllister.
The win sees Durham move to within one point of second-placed St Chad’s.
Sacriston can count themselves extremely unlucky not to pick up any points for their efforts.
Eight of the ten sets played were decided in either the fourth or fifth ends.
Had some of the sets been reversed the match score could have easily been 7–3 in favour of Sacriston, which would have severely damaged Durham’s title hopes.
Sacriston’s Fraser played excellently throughout with all of his three sets going to the fifth and deciding end.
He lost out to Bestford (13–11) and Neumann (11-8), but edged out Williamson (11–9) to record a fine win over the Durham County player.
Fraser’s team-mates Mawson and McAllister picked up a set apiece.
Christian Neumann was man of the match after winning all of his singles sets and pairing with Williamson to edge the doubles set 12–10 in the fifth, against Fraser and McAllister.
With Williamson picking up two sets and Bestford one set, Durham edged the match 7–3.
In the only match played in the Division Two Team Handicap Cup, St John A edged out Division Three side West CA B to progress to the second round, where they will play the winner of the tie between North East Bed Centre and St Gabriel’s B.