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PLYMOUTH TROPHYMAN PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE by David Williams
HENRY TAM continued his impressive form for Woolwell J in Division Three, scoring a maximum and the doubles with Eric Cheng as they beat Astor E 6-4. Tam needed 14 games to remain unbeaten, including wins over Tony Bray 9-11, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-9 and over Martin Fowler 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3.
Chris Ford (3) is certainly strengthening Railway D and in a 7-3 win over Woodland Fort D, Ford also won the doubles with Russ Keith 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 against Mark Barter and John Goodfield.
After two heavy defeats Lee Mill did well to beat Inter City C 6-4. No maximums were scored at Inter City D who defeated Spar Saltash 6-4 after leading 3-0. Siblyback are never the same without Miles Noel-Johnson and although Colin Jago scored a deserved maximum, Siblyback lost 7-3 at Woodland Fort C.
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In Division Two, former Division One veteran Mike Short made his debut for Astor C. Short scored a straight game maximum in a 7-3 win over Astor A. Railway A put their C team in their place to the tune of 9-1.
Man of the match for Crafthole C at Woodland Fort A was Mike Cookson (3) but he was the only scorer as Fort won 7-3. Astor B held Railway B (Mike Briggs 3) to 4-4 but then lost the last two sets in a 6-4 defeat. Briggs and John Palmer won the sixth point beating Peter Kratochvila and Mike Trembeth 11-8, 11-8, 11-7. Dave Pellow (Inter City B) lost all three in five games at Astor D and although Ian Roper (3) played well for City, Astor won 6-4.
Two-player Woodland Fort G won all the sets played through Ian Lindsay and Rob Batten, in a 7-3 win at Inter City E with five sets going to five games in Division Four. Woolwell M came back strongly from 3-2 down to win 7-3 at Woodland Fort H thanks to three from Andy Helliwell and the doubles with Jacob Squires.
Helliwell nearly let a two game lead slip in beating Nigel Aston 11-3, 11-6, 5-11, 2-11, 11-7. Woodland Fort E were not at full strength at Fort F who won 6-4. Gerry Elliott and Steve Harvey won all the sets for Astor F in a 6-4 win against Woolwell K. However they were beaten 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 in the doubles by Ben Williams and Kyoko Lancaster.
In Division Five, Woolwell Q led 3-1 at Crafthole E, then went 4-3 down, then led 5-4 before drawing 5-5. University B (Matt King 3) were beaten 7-3 at Woolwell O. There were wins for Woolwell N over Crafthole F 10-0 and for Astor H over Woolwell R 9-1.
Only three sets reached the fourth game in Division One when Woolwell A beat Woolwell F 9-1. With only Mike Shearman (3) and Graham Mattacott available Woolwell C still beat Woolwell H 6-4. Dominic Sussex won his maximum for Woolwell B in a hard 7-3 win over Woolwell D. Sussex was taken to all 15 games in wins over Naomi Jackson 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-3 and over Mike Hugh 11-7, 10-12, 6-11, 12-10, 13-11 and over Uve Zuket 11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5.
Glyn Price (3) steered Crafthole A to a 5-5 draw against Woolwell G.
BREWIN DOLPHIN MANNAMEAD WINTER TENNIS LEAGUE by David Williams
IN THE ladies' Division A the champions, Michelle Cooke and Liz Morley, were stunned by the excellent early play by Janet Butler and Linda Haston who won the first set 6-0. Cooke and Morley raised their standard in the next two sets and were relieved to emerge winners 0-6, 6-1, 6-3. Tania Belcher and Debbie Bradbury made their debuts and in an enjoyable match they found Joy Pallow and Sue Peers-Jones just the better combination, losing 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.
Chrissie Bassett and Coral Smith defeated Barbara Jensen and Debbie Grieve 6-4, 6-2, 6-1. Joan McGregor and Helen Foote did not drop a game in beating Michelle Pooley and Suzuko Reed.
In the mixed doubles there was the usual slow start from Richard Avent and Jenny Snell against Dudley Tolkien and Janet Butler. A good first set was won 6-4 by Avent and Snell and then with improved play from Snell the pair ran out winners 6-4, 6-0, 6-2. Much closer was the win by Simon Dusting and Hannah Odam. After two tie-breaks, Dusting and OIdam were more in control in the third set as they beat Howard and Lyn Helliwell 6-5, 6-5, 6-2.
Neil Hunt and Simon Yeo got off to the best possible start in Division A of the men's doubles. Playing against Chris Williams and Paul Wardle, Hunt and Yeo were the more positive pair throughout and fully deserved a 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 win. The champions last season, Phil Harbottle and Phil Ruse, won in straight sets 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 against Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford, who play three divisions lower in the Summer League.
In Division B the match between Dave Pemberton and Bernard Lien-Lambert against Jon Shackel and Pete Ireland did not beat the time limit. No bonus points were awarded when at one set each time was called at 4-4 in the final set.
Pemberton and Lien-Lambert were on court again playing Jamie Stephenson and sub John Davies. In a competitive match, Stephenson and Davies did enough early on to win 6-2, 6-2, 2-6. Also dropping the third set from two sets up were Ron Cole and Rob Thomas in a 6-4, 6-2, 2-6 win over Declan O'Connell and Yeng Sui. In a tight match Chris Shorter and Phil Ticehurst overcame Paul Matthews and Simon Dusting 6-4, 3-6, 6-5 (7-1).
There were wins in Division C for Martin Whitmill and sub Matt Ewens over Lester Ellicott and Dave Graham 6-3, 5-6, 6-2 and for Mike Madden and Jason Holland over Mike Foote and Gary Eato 6-3, 6-4, 3-6.