RACQUETS: Round-up from the courts and tables
PLYMOUTH TROPHYMAN PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE by David Williams
IN THE Division Two derby, Railway C let a 5-2 lead slip against Railway B, who won the last three sets in a 5-5 draw. Mike Briggs starred for the B team scoring a maximum and winning the vital doubles with John Palmer 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 against Jan Walaszkowski and Bryn Ford.
In another derby Astor A (John Sherlock 3) were too good for their D team 7-3.
Sherlock needed five games to beat Tony Powlesland 8-11, 11-3, 12-10, 6-11, 11-2 and Richard Searle 11-7, 5-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-7. Astor B were not at full strength and lost 8-2 at Crafthole C (Tim Collings 3 and the doubles with Mike Cookson). Railway A beat Astor C 9-1, with Dave Spry for Astor beating Colin Mitchell 13-11, 13-15, 6-11, 11-9, 14-12.
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After winning 8-2 at Lee Mill in Division Three, Siblyback were held 5-5 by visitors Woolwell I. Woolwell probably should have won as they led 3-1 and then 5-2. For Siblyback, Miles Noel-Johnson scored a maximum in each match. Lee Mill were no match for University A who won 9-1.
Astor E went down 9-1 at Woodland Fort C, but then with three from Martin Fowler, drew 5-5 with Railway D. Fowler beat Russ Keith in straight games 11-8, 11-4, 11-5, but Keith had some revenge as with Chris Ford they defeated Fowler and Tony Bray 5-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-6, 11-7.
Two each from Graham Cooksley, Steve Smith and Paul Lambert gave Inter City C a 7-3 win at Inter City D. Spar Saltash recovered from 3-1 down to lead 4-3 before drawing 5-5 with Woolwell J (Henry Tam 3).
In Division Four, Astor G lost to both Molynuex Associates and Woolwell M 7-3, with no maximums in either match. Eighty-year-old Ron Parnell, the oldest player in the league, won three sets for Astor. Molyneux drew 5-5 with Woodland Fort H (Keith Phillips 3), with Mike Gaylard (0) having a rare off night for Molyneux. Maximums from Ralph Stone and Rob Batten put Woodland Fort G on their way to a 7-3 victory over Astor F.
The pair came unstuck in the doubles beaten 12-10, 11-8, 11-3 by Nick May and Steve Harvey.
Chris Willis, with three, and the doubles with Dave Turnbull, fought an almost lone battle for Inter City E losing 6-4 to visitors Woodland Fort E. Connor McHale was in maximum form for Crafthole D, who beat Woodland Fort F 7-3. McHale and Marilyn Collings won a marathon doubles 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 13-15, 11-4 against Rob Moss and Mike Perry. From being 4-0 up, Woolwell K held on to defeat Woolwell L 6-4.
Woolwell N had a 9-1 win at Woolwell Q in Division Five. Ivybridge did well to draw 5-5 with Astor H (Dave Green 3). Also drawing 5-5 were Woolwell R and Crafthole E.
Although Woolwell B beat Woolwell F 10-0 in Division One, only four sets were won in straight games. Woolwell A defeated their G team 9-1 with Helen Lambert for the G team beating Ollie Buddell 11-9, 11-8, 11-9. Lisa Radford (2) was the only scorer for Woolwell E, who lost 8-2 to Woolwell D (Mike Hugh 3 and the doubles with Naomi Jackson).
After being unbeaten in the singles for Crafthole A, Phil Greenwood and Glyn Price lost the doubles to Denis Cajon and Krysten Coombs 11-8, 11-8, 11-7, as Crafthole beat Woolwell H 8-2. Woolwell Extras lost heavily for the second week in succession as Woolwell C won 9-1.
BREWIN DOLPHIN MANNAMEAD WINTER TENNIS LEAGUE
THE 2012/13 Mannamead Winter Tennis League has attracted a full complement of players. There will be ladies' doubles with two divisions on Monday evenings, men's doubles with three divisions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, while Wednesday evenings is mixed doubles. The league runs this season until April 1, 2013.
Entries for the ladies' doubles are 20 pairs, men's doubles 27 pairs and mixed doubles eight pairs.
The entry for the men's doubles Division A is particularly strong. Defending champions Phil Harbottle and Phil Ruse will be hard pushed to stave off the challenge of Simon Prout and Matt Green. Others in contention are Chris Williams and Paul Wardle, and Neil Hunt and Simon Yeo.
Michelle Cooke and Liz Morley, the 2011/12 winners, are favourites to top Division A of the ladies' doubles. Others likely to do well are Linda Trebilcock and Alison Diver, and Sandra O'Sullivan and Luisa Warring, who were runaway winners of Division B last season.
Long-standing holders of the mixed doubles, Richard Avent and Jenny Snell will find their closest challenges likely to come from Andrew Leigh and Esther Pettit or Ricky Palmer and Nikki Aitken.