NECA Mount a strong bid for Pre­mier hon­ours

The Chronicle - - Grassroots Sport -

NORTH East Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion have opened up a gap at the top of the Northum­bria Win­ter League’s Pre­mier Di­vi­sion.

They tri­umphed 8-2 at Mount B, Adam Web­ster and Chun Yin Yu win­ning all of their matches.

NECA are now eight points ahead of Mount A and nine ahead of Cram­ling­ton Ca­su­als, al­though the lat­ter have a game in hand.

Saint Chads bounced back to form with an em­phatic 9-1 vic­tory over NESLC Ea­gles with fa­ther and son Keith and Josh Weatherby win­ning all of their sin­gles and com­bin­ing to take the dou­bles. The bot­tom-ofthe-ta­ble clash be­tween Cram­ling­ton Tigers and New­ton A eded with the Tigers win­ning 7-3.

The Chi­nese club greatly strength­ened their B team with the in­clu­sion of highly-rated stu­dent Harry Sax­ton.

He won all of his matches as they in­flicted a first de­feat of the sea­son on Cram­ling­ton Reivers, preval­ing 8-2 in Di­vi­sion One.

In Di­vi­sion Two, John Don­nelly, Jim Robertson and Don Cat­ley gave Ty­ne­side B a three-set start over lead­ers Mount E be­fore Alan Liv­ing­stone pulled one back.

The Ty­ne­side team then went 4-1 up af­ter a very tight dou­bles set when Robertson and Don­nelly won the first end 17-1 be­fore need­ing a 12-10 suc­cess in the fifth against Liv­ing­stone and Dave Ban­non.

How­ever, two-vic­to­ries for Mick Hope and one each by Liv­ing­stone and Ban­non put Mount 5-4 ahead be­fore the match ended all square when Don­nelly over­came Ban­non in the fi­nal set.

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