WITH second-placed St Chads out of action this week, Thompson Insurance A extended their lead at the top of Division one to eight points with a comfortable 10-0 win over their B team. Marc Cotton, Chris Blake and Allan Thompson were all undefeated for the A team.
The defeat for the B team keeps them near the foot of the table – second from bottom, one point behind rivals Sacriston St Bedes, A although they do have two games in hand.
To Thompson’s B relief, Sacriston A were also comprehensively beaten 10-0 by in-form Durham CA A. Colin Hunt (3), John Williamson (3) and Christian Neumann (3) did the damage for Durham with the latter also combining to win the doubles set.
The win sees Durham cement their third-placed position and move within five points of second-placed St Chads.
It’s ‘as you were’ at the top of Division Two with Sacriston St Bedes B and North East Bed Centre (NEBC) both recording wins over Redby CA A (7-3) and Durham CA B (6-4), respectively.
In a very entertaining game between Sacriston B and Redby A, seven out of the 10 games were decided in either the fourth or fifh end.
Sacriston’s Chris Grant was voted man of the match after winning all of his three singles sets but was made to work hard to register his wins against Redby’s Frank Booth (11-7 in the fourth), Malcolm Deneven (also 11-7 in the fourth) and Ken Tweedy (11-9, 11-9 and 11-9).
Grant was well supported by team-mates Tony Taylor and Nigel Coe, who chipped in with two sets apiece to ensure maximum points for their 7-3 victory.
Booth and Deneven picked up a set apiece for Redby with Deneven also combining with Tweedy to narrowly edge the doubles 11-3 in the fifth and deciding end against Grant and Taylor.
Second-placed NEBC dropped a valuable point against third bottom Durham CA B.
Dave Pringle was man of the match, winning his three singles – the closest being 11-8 in the fourth against Durham’s Billy Upton.
Pringle then combined with Gary Anderson to win doubles set. With Anderson and Tony Watson both winning a set apiece, NEBC were awarded three points for their win with Durham being awarded one point.
Durham’s Paul Wiggins and Upton won two sets each and John Foster was particularly unlucky not to register a win particularly against Watson eventually losing out 11-8 in the fifth in an excellent encounter which could have easily seen Foster take the set – which would have made the overall match score 5-5.
West CA A, who are currently in third place, dropped four valuable points against rivals Silksworth IM B-losing out 7-3.
Silksworth’s Alan Bickle and Bob Sanderson were both undefeated in the match and with Howard Brown winning his match against Linda Spensley (11-6 in the fourth), they registered a maximum points for their fine win.
In Division Three, Redby CA B extended their lead to five points over St Gabriels C following a 9-1 win over second bottom Sacriston St Bedes B.
The match was closer than the score suggests with a number of very close games – most notably Peter Whitfield’s defeat to Allan Girdwood (15-13 in the fifth), Erin Harrison’s 12-10 (in the fourth) loss to Howard Forster and Colin Pritchard’s 11-9 defeat in the fourth to Joe Muldowney.
In the only other match in Division Three, Sacriston St Bedes D had a comfortable 9-1 win over bottom-placed St Johns C to move with two points of third-placed St John B (with two games in hand) and three points of second-placed St Gabriels C respectively.
Next week sees the first round of the Team Handicap Cup.