BULLSEYE: Darts round-up with Steve Chapman
BREWIN DOLPHIN MANNAMEAD WINTER TENNIS LEAGUE by David Williams
LUISA WARRING and Lyn Helliwell are still the best pair in the ladies' doubles Division A, but they had to come from a set down to defeat Esther Pettit and Anna Tickle.
Pettit and Tickle won the first set on a tie break with Warring and Helliwell levelling in the second, also on a tie break. Warring and Helliwell just had the edge in the third to win 5-6, 6-5, 6-4.
In two very competitive matches, Pat Hexter and Nikki Aitken, after beating Tania Belcher and Debbie Bradbury (6-4, 5-6, 6-5), lost 6-3, 6-5, 6-5 to Alison Diver and Linda Trebilcock, but did well to total 13 games. Joy Pellow had another sub in Lisa Light and the pair were successful against Belcher and Bradbury 6-5, 6-4, 6-3. Liz Parks and Ann Short made a good start against Janet Butler and Linda Haston and won the first set, but then Butler and Haston became the more consistent pair and won 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.
In Division B, Debbie Grieve and Barbara Jensen were delighted to win for only the second time as they combined effectively to beat Coral Smith and Chrissie Bassett 6-4, 6-3, 1-6. Marian Philips came in twice as a sub to partner Liz Gill with great success, in wins over Nancy Northfield and Debbie Smith (6-0, 6-1, 6-1) and Chris Bunney and Jill Cansfield (6-2, 6-2, 6-2).
Joan McGregor and Helen Foote were playing their first match since November, but hit form immediately and dropped just one game in a 6-0, 6-0, 6-1 win over Michele Pooley and Suzuko Reed.
In the mixed doubles, Ricky Palmer and Nikki Aitken, after a poor first set, recovered to hang on in the third to defeat Simon Dusting and Hannah Odam 1-6, 6-3, 6-5.
Simon Prout and Matt Green, after winning the first two sets in the men's Division A against Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford, found their opponents showing improved form in the third to win it on a tie break, with the match going to Prout and Green 6-3, 6-1, 5-6.
Apart from a few scares in one set in each match, Andrew Leigh and Phil Whitby notched up maximum points, with fairly comfortable wins over Steve Randall and Harry Bird (6-1, 6-2, 6-4) and Sam Arkle and Ashly Reburn (6-2, 6-4, 6-0).
Neil Hunt is in good form, and with Simon Yeo beat Ollie Fletcher and Zak Bowen 6-0, 6-3, 6-2, with the scoreline slightly flattering Hunt and Yeo. In the Division B match between two contenders for top spot, honours went to Ron Cole and Rob Thomas (6-3, 3-6, 6-1) against Kevin Thomas and Jamie Stephenson.
Results. Mixed doubles: A Leigh/E Petit bt Y Sui/J Memery 6-0, 6-2 , 6-4. D Tolkien/J Butler bt M Wolstoncroft/M Smith 6-0, 6-0, 6-1
Ladies doubles: C Bunney/J Cansfield bt M Pooley/S Reed 6-2 , 6-0, 6-1, J Poon/J Trahair bt J Humphries/J Whetton 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Men's doubles: C Janes/D Nock bt L Ellicott/D Graham 6-5, 6-2, 6-3
PLYMOUTH TROPHYMAN PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS by David Williams
WOODLAND Fort H secured a surprise but deserved victory at Woolwell K In Division Four.
Woolwell's Ben Williams, who is in the averages, failed to win a set, and the star man was veteran Dave Backholer with a superb, hard-fought maximum for Fort. Backholer beat Williams 11-8, 7-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8, but Williams and Jack Lambert beat Backholer and Bern Colings 4-11, 11-2, 4-11, 11-7, 11-6 in the doubles.
Also upsetting league placings were next to bottom Astor G, who drew 5-5 with leaders Molyneux Associates. Another veteran, Dave Harding, played well to win all his singles for Astor. With Dave Rendle they won the levelling point in defeating Mike Hoskin and John Dodd 11-9, 11-9, 11-7.
Crafthole D (Connor McHale 3) drew level with Molyneux after a 7-3 win over Woodland Fort E. Inter City E gained a creditable 5-5 draw with Astor F (Steve Harvey 3), but Woodland Fort F crashed heavily at Woolwell M 9-1. Three from Ralph Stone put Woodland Fort G on the way to a 6-4 win over Woolwell L.
Spar Saltash (James Lock 3) avenged an earlier Division Three defeat by Railway D in winning 8-2. In scoring his first maximum of the season, Lock was two games down to Russ Keith and 6-9 in the third game before he took over to win 12-14, 9-11, 11-9, 14-12, 11-7. Lock, with Steve Marley, then beat Colin Easton and Phil Wilkinson 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9.
Dave Wills and Chris Batey won all the sets for University A in a 7-3 win against Inter City C. Also winning seven sets were Henry Tam and Eric Cheung for Woolwell J, who won 8-2 at Inter City D.
There were no maximums at Astor E. In their usual close match with Woodland Fort C, they drew 5-5 after recovering from 0-2 and 3-5. Lee Mill took four sets to five games, but came away from Siblyback losing 10-0.
Inter City B, with maximums from Dave Pellow and Ian Roper, achieved their first win in Division Two by defeating Astor A 6-4. As expected, top beat bottom when Railway A won 10-0 against Astor D, but Railway won only three sets in straight games.
Railway B found it a bit tougher needing Mike Briggs and John Palmer to remain undefeated in singles and doubles to overcome Astor C 8-2. Mike Cookson (3) continues to be almost out on his own in winning sets for Crafthole C, as visitors Railway C triumphed 7-3.
There is no stopping the top three Woolwell teams in Division One. The A team defeated Woolwell H 9-1, the B team (Rory Harries 3) beat Woolwell G 8-2 and the D team (Mike Hugh 3) accounted for Woolwell E 8-2.
Mike Shearman had few problems in scoring a maximum for Woolwell C in a 6-4 defeat of Crafthole A. Woolwell Extras have withdrawn from the division but their first half results still stand.