FIRST Division newcomers Sacriston St Bedes A and Mortimer CA finally have points on board after securing their first victories of the season, writes Chris Blake.
Sacriston in particular have had a baptism of fire, having played last season’s top three in their first three matches of the season – and their nearest rivals Thompson Insurance B, who they narrowly lost out to 6-4 in a very close encounter.
They had earlier led 3-1 and were drawing 4-4 going into the final two sets of the match.
However, they achieved their first victory of the season with a fine 7-3 win over fellow newcomers Mortimer.
Duncan Fraser was man of the match having finished unbeaten and he was well supported by Ian McAllister and Jon Mawson who picked up two sets apiece.
Purvis and Cutler both won one set for Mortimer before combining to win the only doubles set with an excellent win over Fraser and McAllister.
Mortimer, who have given an excellent account of themselves so far, picked up their first points of the season with a good 6-4 win over Thompson Insurance B, who unfortunately were only able to play the match with two players through the late withdrawal of Eddie Coxon.
Cutler and Hampton won one set each and combined to win the doubles. These sets, combined with the three sets conceded by Coxon, ensured a their 6-4 win.
Lynne Herrington was in great form for Thompson’s, finishing unbeaten in the match – and with David Winterbottom beating Ian Moore, Thompson’s at least managed to pick up a point for their defeat.
Thompson Insurance A continued their good start to the season with an excellent 9-1 win over last season’s runners-up Silksworth IM A.
Thompson’s chose to rest Chris Blake and bring in experienced Northumberland County player Marc Cotton. Cotton played very well winning two of his three sets, losing only to Anthony Barella.
Barella registered the only win for Silksworth, having previously narrowly lost out to Thompson’s Andrew Wilkinson and Darren McVitie.
The defeat is a huge blow to Silksworth’s title challenge as they have already dropped points to fellow rivals St Chads.
In the only match in Division Two, West CA A had an excellent 7-3 win over St Gabriels B. Rob Kerr was in excellent form for West winning all of his sets, and he was well supported by Dave Thomson and Dave Barber, who picked up two sets apiece.
The match result was effectively decided in the third and fourth sets of the night which were both decided in the fifth end – West edging both sets 11-9 and 15-13. The result was tough luck on St Gabriel’s, who fought valiantly and maybe a 5-5 draw was a fairer reflection of the match.
In Division Three, league leaders Redby CA B tasted defeat for the first time this season having being surprisingly defeated 6-4 by Lanchester CC.
This was a real team effort by Lanchester, with McCabe and Brewis winning two of their three sets.
John Cook picked up a set and combined with McCabe to narrowly win the doubles set 11-7 in the fifth.
This was a very entertaining match, with six of the 10 sets played being decided in the fourth or fifth end.
In the only other match played in Division Three, Sacriston St Bede’s C had a comfortable 9-1 win over St John’s C. David Aldridge picked up the only set for the Saints with a good 11-5 win over Dan Hutchinson in the fifth.