ST CHADS continued their excellent start to the Sunderland and District TT Division One season with two comfortable wins over Mortimer CA (9–1) and Sacriston St Bedes (10–0), dropping only one set in the process.
Mortimer’s Dave Bannon had a fine victory over Barry Cuthbertson.
St Chad’s Keith Weatherby played excellently throughout, winning all of his six sets and combined with Cuthbertson to take both double’s matches.
The Saints, who top the league, have won six out of six matches, including an excellent win over last season’s runners-up Silksworth IM A.
They now go into their next match against reigning champions Thompson’s Insurance A, who are second.
Thompson Insurance A kept up the pace with a 7–3 victory over Mortimer CA.
Thompson’s Andy Wilkinson and Chris Blake were undefeated and combined to win the doubles.
Diane Cartmell, who was making her Division One debut for Thompson’s, was unlucky not to pick up a set having given a good account of herself.
Mortimer’s Dave Cutler played well throughout and was joined by Ray Purves and Ian Moore all of which picked up a set apiece.
Silksworth IM A had a great 7–3 win over Durham CA.
Durham played a strong side consisting of John Williamson, Christian Neumann and Gavin Bestford – Colin Hunt remains unavailable for selection following a recent knee operation.
This was a really close encounter with only three of the 10 sets being decided in straight sets and even some of those games went to deuce.
Silksworth’s Anthony Barella was pick of the bunch after winning all of his sets, and combined with Bernie Morris to claim the only doubles set.
He was made to fight all the way against Neumann (11–5 in the 5th) and Williamson (15–13 in the 3rd).
Morris picked up two sets for Silksworth, losing only to Neumann in a pulsating match, eventually being edged out 11–5.
In Division Two, Sacriston St Bedes B had a good 7–3 win over St Gabriel’s B and remain favourites for promotion.
Sacriston’s Chris Grant was undefeated all night, winning his three sets and combined with Dan Nicholson to win the doubles.
Grant was closely supported by team-mates Nicholson (2) and Nigel Coe (1) to ensure Sacriston gained maximum points.
Coe was unlucky to win only one of his three sets – losing out to Dave Revell (10–12) and Geoff Young (9–11).
Revell was pick of the bunch for St Gabriel’s when he won two of his three sets.
North East Bed Centre continued their good start to the season with a 7–3 win over Redby CA A.
Dave Pringle and Alex Smith won three sets each and were supported by Gary Anderson, who beat Malcolm Deneven.
Redby’s sets were picked up by Frank Tweedy, Frank Booth. Booth and Deneven won in a very close doubles match over Pringle and Smith.
Division Three’s Redby CA B continued their excellent start to the season with a 10-0 victory over St Johns C.
West CA B enjoyed a 6–4 win over St Johns B.
Alan Whitwham won all of his three sets, and he was backed up by Tommy Turner (2) and Vic Austin.
Jacob Helm played very well for the Saints in winning two of his three sets. He later paired up with Robert Renton to claim an excellent doubles win over Whitwham and Austin.
With Sean Gleghorn also picking up a set, the Saints were awarded a point for their 4–6 defeat.
In the other two matches played in Division Three, Sacriston St Bedes D had mixed fortunes with a 6–4 win over rivals Lanchester CC and a 6-4 defeat to St Johns C.
Lanchester’s Callan McCabe was the star of the show with three single wins.