Thompson’s close the gap at the top of the table

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LAST season’s champions Thompson Insurance A moved menacingly on to the shoulder of leaders St Chad’s in Division One with a convincing 8-2 victory against 2010 runners up Redby.

Andrew Wilkinson and Darren McVitie had three victories each and Chris Blake added two more.

Redby’s sole singles win belonged to Anthony Barella, who edged out Blake 11-9. The other Redby win came as Thompson conceded the doubles.

West CA A recorded an excellent 7-3 victory against St Gabriel’s A.

Dave Robson remained unbeaten in singles for St Gabriel’s. The West CA A team of Mark Cotton, Mark Shingler and Neil McMaster were simply too strong for Tom Bainbridge and Norman Pescod.

Redby CA A regained top spot in Division Two with a 7-3 win against bottom side St John A.

Ken Tweedy took his three singles for Redby, though he was extended to five ends by Craig Hilton.

Amanda Paxton chipped in with two wins and combined with Tweedy to win the doubles.

Frank Booth beat Hilton to secure maximum points. Istvan Soos was the best of the St John players with two victories and Craig Hilton won once.

Sacriston St Bede’s B are the new leaders in Division Three after two convincing wins.

The first came against St Aidan’s B 8-2 and the second against Silksworth IM B 7-3.

In the match against Silksworth all the Sacriston players contributed to the victory. Dan Nicholson, Ian McPherson and Colin Prichard each won twice and Nicholson and McPherson took a very close doubles 3-2. All three were undone by Silksworth number one Michael Cameron.

A Redby CA B team of Allan Girdwood, Howard Forster and Joe Muldowney recorded two draws against St John C and Boldon Tennis Club.

In both matches Muldowney was the best of the Redby players, winning twice with Girdwood and Forster taking one victory each.

Alex Smith was the star performer for St John C with three wins, Gary Anderson adding two.

David Pringle also proved to be too much for Redby to handle, the Boldon player won his three singles. Carlos Caldiera also had two victories.

Division One: Redby 2 Thompson Insurance 8, St Chad’s 10 Sacriston St Bede’s A 0, St Gabriel’s A 3 West CA A 7. Division Two: St Aidan’s A 10 St Gabriel’s C 0, St John A 3 Redby CA A 7. Division Three: Sacriston St Bede’s B 8 St Aidan’s B 2, St John C 5 Redby CA B 5, Redby CA B 5 Boldon Tennis Club 5, St John B 0 St Aidan’s B 10, Silksworth IM B 3 Sacriston St Bede’s B 7.