REIGNING Division One Table Tennis champions Thompson Insurance A eased their way to an emphatic 10–0 win over rivals St Chad’s to maintain their unbeaten start to the season and leapfrog the Saints to go top of the league.
Thompsons were just simply too strong for the Saints on the night, despite some excellent individual performances from Scope, Bissett and Adam Curran.
St Gabriel’s A had a 6–4 victory over Redby CA A.
George Gibson was unbeaten for the Saints as he played some very controlled table tennis.
Gibson was closely supported by team-mate Tom Bainbridge (2) with the two combining to take the doubles to secure the win and a share of the points.
Ken Tweedy had a very good win over Tom Bainbridge. Frank Booth was narrowly defeated in his set against Bainbridge and Amanda Paxton played in her usual attacking style but failed to win.
Sacriston St Bede’s A reinforced their lead at the top of Division Two with an excellent 8–2 victory over Silksworth IM B.
The match between St Gabriel’s B and Redby CA B saw the Saints victorious with a 7–3 win to remain very much in the hunt for the league title.
Mortimer CA had a resounding 8–2 victory over West CA B with strong performances from Dave Cutler, Ian Moore and Matty Hampton. Alan Whitwham responded for West and also combined with Michael Redfearn to win the doubles match.
Redby CA secured a hard fought 5–5 draw against Sacriston St Bede’s B when they came back from 3–5 down to win the final two sets to gain a share of the points.
Despite being able to field only two players St John’s B had a stunning 7–3 win over Division Three leaders, and closest rivals, St John’s A.
David Pringle and Alex Smith won three sets apiece before combining to win the doubles.
Both players have yet to taste defeat this season and have been closely supported by team-mates Tony Watson and Gary Anderson to ensure St John’s B fine start to the season continues.
Sacriston St Bede’s C won 10–0 victory against Redby CA C with Andy Grant, Chris Grant and Lee Maher unbeaten for the Saints.
St Gabriel’s had a straight sets victory over St John’s C. However, young Robert Renton was narrowly defeated in the fifth end 6–11 against Ronnie Douglas and also lost to Alan Ray in a closely-fought game.
Week 7 results: Division One: Silksworth IM A 10 Thompson Ins. B 0, St. Gabriels A 6 Redby CA A 4, Thompson Ins. A 10 St. Chads 0. Division Two: Redby CA 5 Sacriston St. Bedes B 5, Redby CA B 3 St. Gabriels B 7 Sacriston St. Bedes A 8 Silksworth IM B 2, West CA B 2 Mortimer CA 8. Division Three: Lanchester CC 0 Sacriston St. Bedes D 10, Sacriston St. Bedes C 10 Redby CA C 0, St. John’s A 3 St. John’s B 7, St. John’s C 0 St.Gabriel’s C 10.