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Winter is coming as new sides set to challenge for league crowns; TABLE TENNIS.

THE winter season of the Northumbria League gets under way next week when 50 teams will start in five divisions.

Three teams from last year have dropped out but there are four new teams. One of Cramlington's top sides is no longer operating, with Andrew Wilkinson going to register for NESLC Eagles, and Duncan Wraight, Dale Aitkenhead and Peter Smallcombe now going to play for the newly formed Saint Columba's in Wideopen, who will also have Paul Baines from NESLC Eagles in their squad.

Cramlington have also lost Steve Penman but they will still have 15 sides spread throughout the various divisions.

Saint Columba's have also entered a second team which has been placed in the first division.

Old England Crocks and Prudhoe and District United Services B team are no longer operating in Division One, but Prudhoe have entered a new team in the bottom division, as have Matfen.

Reigning champions the North East Chinese Association start the new campaign with a home match against The Mount B side.

Their main challengers this time round could well be The Mount A team, who have signed top-ranked player Joseph Clark from Cleveland, who is now at university in Newcastle.

Clark is at number 12 in the English Under-21 ranking list. With county champion Graeme Barella also in the team they will certainly be a force to be reckoned with. They start with a home fixture against NESLC Eagles.

Newton, relegated from the Premier Division, start life in Division One with a visit to the newly formed Saint Columba's B team.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 6, 2018
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