Blake and Cotton star for Thompson

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THOMPSON Insurance A guaranteed at least the runners-up position in Division One of the Sunderland & District Table tennis league after a 9-1 victory over West CA A.

Chris Blake and Marc Cotton were both undefeated for Thompsons and were closely supported by Dave Blackburne, who picked up two sets and combined with Blake to edge the doubles set 11-8 in the fifth and deciding end over John Williamson and Mark Shingler.

Williamson had a great 3-0 win over Blackburne, but narrowly lost out to Blake in a very close match.

St Chad’s had a comfortable 9-1 victory over Durham CA. The defeat edges Durham closer to relegation. With only three games remaining, they lie two points behind Thompson Insurance B, who have two matches in hand.

Mortimer CA moved into second place and a step closer to promotion to the top division following two wins over St Gabriel’s B (7-3) and Redby CA B (9-1).

Mortimer require two more wins from their remaining four matches to guarantee a move up to Division One.

Redby’s defeat confirmed their relegation to Division Three.

Leaders Sacriston St Bede’s A now require just one more win to gain promotion to Division One following their excellent 10-0 over St Gabriel’s B.

Sacriston St Bede’s B had a good 7-3 win over West CA B to keep their hopes of a third-place finish very much alive.

Dan Nicholson (Sacriston) played really well throughout and can count himself unlucky to pick up just one set on the night.

Whitwham played excellently throughout, picking up two sets on the night and just narrowly losing out the doubles.

Silksworth IM B had a comfortable 8-2 win over Redby CA B which confirms Redby’s relegation to Division Three. Howard Forster and Ian Wilson picked up the only wins for Redby.

Match of the week in Division Three saw newly-promoted St John’s A held to a 5-5 draw against Sacriston St Bede’s D.

With the score standing at 3-3, it promised to be an exciting finish to the match – and the players didn’t disappoint with the remaining four sets being decided in the fifth and final end.

Craig Burton drew first blood with a narrow 11-9 win over Nikki Irwin only for Terry Charlton to pull one back with a fine win over Richie Patterson. Irwin then had an excellent win over Eszter Soos to put Sacriston into a 5-4 lead, but Burton ensured a draw for the Saints with a win over Debbie Irwin.

Lanchester lost out to 9-1 St Gabriel’s C, St Johns C defeated 10-0 by Sacriston St Bede’s C, but recovering well to achieve a fine 7-3 win over Redby CA C.

Results: Division One: St Chads 9 Durham CA 1, West CA A 1 Thompson Insurance A 9. Division Two: Sacriston St Bedes B 7 West CA B 3, Silksworth IM B 8 Redby CA B 2, St Gabriels B 0 Sacriston St Bedes A 10. Division Three: Lanchester CC 1. St Gabriels 9, Redby CA C 3 St Johns C 7, Sacriston St Bedes C 10. St Johns C 0, Sacriston St Bedes D 5 St Johns A 5.

H Team Handicap Cup Semi-final draw: St John B v Sacriston St Bedes C (April 2), Mortimer CA v Silksworth IM B (April 3).

These games will be held at Silksworth IM Church Hall at 7pm.