RACQUETS: Round-up from the courts and tables
WILSON PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT TENNIS LEAGUE by David Williams
IN THE men's Division One, St Budeaux A, after not winning a set in 32 attempts away from home, finally shed an unenviable record losing 8-2 at Hill Lane A.
Matt Redshaw and Matt Lloyd won the two sets when beaten 6-4, 4-6, 10-6 (t/b) by Glenn Richards and Geoff Harris and 6-7, 6-2, 11-9 ( t/b) by Seb Dartnell and Dan Jones.
Mannamead A returned to winning ways with a comfortable 8-0 victory over Ivybridge A and it was even easier for Tavistock A to defeat a weakened Devonshire A also 8-0.
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Liskeard in Division Two had two tougher than expected away matches against teams fighting to avoid relegation.
Liskeard won 7-4 at Plympton A with their second pair of Andrew Bryant and Andrew Jackson unbeaten. For Plympton Lee O'Brien and Steve Cole inflicted a first defeat on Rob Kellagher and Keith Abbott winning 6-3, 1-6, 12-10 (t/b).
Liskeard then played at St Budeaux B and won 6-4 but the unbeaten pair came from St Budeaux. Neil Hunt and Simon Yeo made it two losses in a week for Kellagher and Abbott beating them 6-4, 4-6, 10-8 (t/b) with Hunt and Yeo coming back from 5-1 down in the tie-break.
Hunt and Yeo overcame the resistance of Bryant and Jackson 6-7, 6-4, 10-4 (t/b). Devonshire B went to St Budeaux B and won 7-3 with Craig Arbuckle and Dennis Mbu unbeaten.
Hunt and Yeo won another three sets for St Budeaux including a 6-3, 3-6, 10-8 (t/b) win over Lloyd Bright and John Ingham.
Another relegation threatened team, Tavistock B could only draw 4-4 at bottom team Plymstock A, with John Davies and Tim Randell winning all the sets for Plymstock.
Looe A were without Tenerife-bound Des Hocking in a vital Division Three promotion match at home to Saltash A and lost 7-3.
Dave Richardson and Jack Puckey won the sets for Looe beating Dave Harrington and James Taylor 6-1, 4-6, 10-6 t/b but were beaten 0-6, 6-4, 10-6 (t/b) by Phil Tucker and Stewart Lees.
Although Phil Whitby was injured he completed the match for Mannamead B in a 6-2 win at Hill Lane B. Andrew Leigh and Ashley Reburn played well for Mannamead, winning four sets. Hill Lane found it much easier against St Budeaux C winning 8-1 and St Budeaux lost again against Tavistock C 6-2.
The amazing second half comeback by St Mellion continued in Division Four.
St Mellion, with a total team age of 261 years, overwhelmed second-placed Tavistock D 8-1. Ben Semmence and Carl Rugman were the undefeated pair for Ivybridge D who won 6-4 at Ivybridge C.
Although Yelverton lost 8-3 to visitors Ivybridge B the team put in their best performance to date with Ivybridge slightly flattered by margin of their win.
Without the injured Steve Kingston, Whiteford Road are faltering in their bid for a second successive promotion when in Division Five they were beaten 6-4 by Plympton C.
The Road lost 5-4 at Mannamead C and it could have been worse as Mannamead conceded two sets through injury.
Plympton C defeated Plymstock B 8-1 with Dudley Tolkien winning his first set of the season for Plymstock. Torpoint did well to draw at Plympton B thanks to four sets from Bradley Crossfield and John Doherty.
Devonshire C suffered two heavy home defeats in Division 6, as Hill Lane C beat them 8-0 and St Budeaux D 8-1. Tavistock E just got the better of Tavistock F 6-4 with John Mulley and Paul Jackson winning the four sets for the F team. St Budeaux D were beaten 6-3 at home to Saltash B with neither St Budeaux pair able to unlock the defensive play of Patrick Poon and John Jacobs.
Looe B had an easy Division Seven win at Plympton E and Plympton D, although beating Hill Lane D 8-1 played an ineligible player leaving Hill Lane winners 5-4.
In the battle to avoid relegation in the ladies' Division One, Devonshire B, after beating Hill Lane A, lost 5-4 at Mannamead A. Erica Herbert was the unbeaten player for Devonshire, winning four sets with Sue Denham against Hill Lane and another four sets with Elspeth Newman at Mannamead.
The two top teams both won 8-1, with Devonshire A defeating Tavistock A and Ivybridge A accounting for Mannamead A.
Plympton A lost 8-0 at Ivybridge B in Division Two, with an injury to Wendy Farmer meaning Plympton conceding two sets. Yelverton A had only one pair at St Budeaux A who won 8-0.
The courts were so wet at Whiteford Road that new balls were used for the second events in a 5-5 draw with Tavistock B. The match finished in the gathering gloom with Linda Trebilcock and Gillian Thomas of Whiteford Road beating Roma McMahon and Sue Parsons 4-6, 6-4, 10-3 (t/b) and Maggie Lilley and Olga Rogers 6-3, 6-2.
St Budeaux B won 8-0 at St Mellion to secure top spot in Division Three.
Yelverton B were involved in two home drawn matches. After a 4-4 draw with Mannamead B, with Angie Lynch and Fiona Smart winning four sets, Yelverton drew 4-4 against Plymstock with Smart and Shirley Williams winning all the sets for Yelverton.
In another match where the points were shared Mannamead B and Ivybridge C drew 5-5, with Anna Tickle and Liz Parks too good for both Ivybridge pairs.
Saltash dented the promotion hopes of Hill Lane B in Division Four drawing 4-4 with St Budeaux C moving into a promotion place by beating Devonshire C 8-0.
Leaders Ivybridge D are promotion favourites after defeating Yelverton C 8-0. Looe played two re-arranged matches and are in with a great chance of promotion from Division Five after drawing 5-5 at Tavistock C and winning 8-0 at Plympton B. Plympton B lost 8-0 to Menheniot. Both Tavistock C and Hill Lane C could only manage one pair, with Tavistock winning 4-2.