RACQUETS: Round-up from the courts and tables
PLYMOUTH TROPHYMAN PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS by David Williams
AT THE half way stage of the 2012/13 season, 25 players feature in the averages list.
To be included, players must have appeared in at least 75 per cent of the possible fixtures, and won 75 per cent or more of the sets played. Two players, Mark Weymouth of Woodland Fort B in Division Two and Matt King of University B in Division Five have 100 per cent records.
Rory Harries of Woolwell B is the leading player in Division One having played in every match and winning 28 out of 30 sets (93.3 per cent). Close behind with 25 wins out of 27 is Toby Mattacott of Woolwell A. Mike Hugh has not missed a match for Woolwell D and averages 83.3 per cent. The final player listed is Lisa Radford, who has won 22 of her 27 sets (81 per cent).
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Mark Weymouth, for Woodland Fort B, is really too good for Division Two, shown by his 100 per cent record. He has won the majority of his matches in straight sets. Leaders Railway A have two players included and both have been ever present. Chris May is in second place with (90) and Gary West is joint fourth (80). Mike Cookson of Crafthole C has won 23 of the team's 41 sets to average 76.7 per cent. Completing the list are Mike Briggs (Railway B, 83.3) and Ian Roper (Inter City B, 80).
Newcomer Henry Tam (Woolwell J) is the top Division Three player losing just one out of 27 sets for an average of 96.3 per cent.
In second place is Chris Batey (University A) with 24 wins from 27 sets. Mike Willis has had a good season to date for Woodland Fort C with 24 wins (80). In joint fourth place on 77.8 per cent are Graham Cooksley (Inter City C) and Russ Keith (Railway D). Cooksley has won 21 sets out of his team's total of 64. Keith has won nearly half of the Railway total of 44.
Connor McHale (Crafthole D) leads the way in Division Four, having been beaten just twice in 30 sets. Close behind is Woodland Fort F's Rob Moss (90). Ben Williams is the mainstay of the Woolwell K team with 28 wins out of a team total of 64 (84.8). In fourth place is Mike Wakley of Woodland Fort E with 22 wins out of 27. Fifth is John Dodd of Molyneux Associates (75.8).
Two new teams in Division Five provide the best players. Following the perfect record of Matt King (University B) are Gareth Hughes (Ivybridge, 88.9) and Chris Collings (Ivybridge, 79.2).
The list is completed by Robert Saturn of Woolwell D with 24 wins out of 27 in joint second place, and Dave Green of Astor H is fourth, with 23 wins out of 27.
BREWIN DOLPHIN MANNAMEAD WINTER TENNIS LEAGUE
THE adverse weather conditions in the first half of the 2012/2013 season have meant that very few pairs are up to date with their fixtures.
Some pairs have only played just over 50 per cent of their matches and are set for a busy time in the early months of 2013.
In the men's Division A, Phil Harbottle and Phil Ruse are the only pair to have played all of their matches and have a 38-point lead over Neil Hunt and Simon Yeo, who have played two matches fewer.
In third place, two points behind after five matches, are Simon Prout and Matt Green, who have dropped only two points.
Division B shows Kevin Thomas and Jamie Stephenson clear leaders with 116 points from six matches. Three pairs, Yuen Sui and Declan O'Connell, Chris Shorter and Phil Ticehurst, Paul Matthews and Simon Dusting are locked together 18 points behind, with Matthews and Dusting having a match in hand.
Two pairs in Division C are unbeaten, with just one set dropped in 14 matches. Paul Bradley and Matt Smith have a 100 per cent record of 161 points from seven matches and Matt Adams and Matt Harris total 160 points from seven. In third place are Mike Madden and Jason Holland on 146 points.
The ladies' Division A is led by Luisa Warring and Lyn Helliwell, who have played all their eight matches to total 165 points. Alison Diver and Linda Trebilcock are second, a point ahead of Joy Pellow and Sue Peers-Jones.
The champions, Michelle Cooke and Liz Morley, have only been on court on five occasions but they could still be favourites for the top spot. Jean Smith and Liz Gill are almost out of sight in Division B, 42 points ahead of Jean Humphries and Lynne Macfarlane.
Most matches have been played in the mixed doubles, with Richard Avent and Jenny Snell in first place on 147 points. With Snell now out for the season after her knee operation, Avent will need a new partner for the remainder of his matches.
Simon Dusting and Hannah Odam are second with 112 points, followed by Andrew Leigh and Esther Pettit on 111 points with a match in hand.
Averages. Men's Division A:A1 Harbottle & Ruse played 8 points 161, A6 Hunt & Yeo 6 123, A3 Prout & Green 5 113, A5 Williams & Wardle 5 90, A4 Leigh & Whitby 6 83, A10 Kingston & Mudford 4 65, A9 Reburn & Arkle 7 64, A7 Fletcher & Bowen 5 49, A8 Randall & Bird 4 32
Division B: B1 Thomas & Stephenson 6 116, B9 Siu & O'Connell 6 98, B6 Matthews & Dusting 5 98, B5 Shorter & Ticehurst 6 98, B3 Poon & Jacobs 5 85, B7 Pemberton & Lien-Lambert 6 84, B2 Cole & Thomas 4 77, B8 Beresford-Jones & Bailey 4 56, B4 Ireland & Shackel 6 55
Division C: C9 Bradley & Smith 7 161, C3 Adams & Harris 7 160, C6 Madden & Holland 8 146, C4 Mulley & Stewart 8 111, C7 Donaldson & Donaldson 6 96, C5 Eato & Foote 6 77, C8 Whitmill & Wakeham 7 70, C2 Graham & Ellicott 7 61, C1 Janes & Nock 6 55
Ladies' Division A: LA6 Warring & Helliwell 8 165, LA2 Diver & Trebilcock 7 132, LA3 Peers-Jones & Pellow 7 131, LA1 Cooke & Morley 5 108, LA10 Sargeant & O'Connor 7 101, LA7 Haston & Butler 7 96, LA8 Bradbury & Belcher 7 83, LA5 Pettit & Tickle 6 71, LA9 Hexter & Aitken 4 51, LA4 Parks & Short 4 45
Division B: LB10 Gill & Smith 7 160, LB5 Humphries & MacFarlane 7 118, LB6 Poon & Trahair 6 113, LB2 Foote & McGregor 5 107, LB7 Bassett & Smith 6 94, LB3 Allman & Galpin 4 79, LB1 Wilson & Northfield 7 59, LB8 Bunney & Cansfield 4 54, LB4 Jensen & Grieve 6 50, LB9 Pooley & Reed 8 40
Mixed Division: M1 Avent & Snell 7 147, M6 Dusting & Odam 6 112, M2 Leigh & Pettit 5 111, M3 Helliwell & Helliwell 7 94, M7 Palmer & Aitken 5 94, M8 Tolkien & Butler 6 67, M5 Siu & Memery 6 50, M4 Wolstoncroft & Smith 6 40