RACQUETS: Round-up from the courts and tables
PLYMOUTH TROPHYMAN PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE by David Williams
IN DIVISION Two, next to bottom Woodland Fort A (Brian Luscombe 3) were level at 4-4 with second-placed Railway B, before Railway won the next two sets for a narrow 6-4 victory.
Luscombe's best win was from two games down, defeating Richard Burley 7-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4.
Jan Walaszkowski was back to form for Railway C, scoring a maximum and also the doubles with Bryn Ford in a 8-2 win over Astor A.
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Astor B suffered a heavy 9-1 defeat at home to leaders Railway A, and Astor C (Mike Short 3 and the doubles) defeated Inter City B 7-3.
A weakened University A team won just the first and last sets at Woodland Fort C (Barrie Oliver 3) in Division Three. But in the 8-2 win, Oliver and Mike Willis were beaten 11-6, 7-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-8 by Tiago Lima and Segun Baruwa.
With only two players, Spar Saltash surprised Astor E 6-4 thanks to Steve Marley (3), James Lock (2) and the doubles together.
Railway D looked likely to take full advantage of Siblyback being without Miles Noel-Johnson when they led 5-3.
However, in the ninth set, Colin Jago (3) beat Russ Keith (2) 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7 and then Jago and Pete Daly accounted for Keith and Chris Ford 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9.
Both the top two Woolwell teams won 8-2, Woolwell J (Eric Cheung 3) against Woodland Fort D and Woolwell I (Ben Stanbury 3) against Inter City C. Although Darren Stockton scored a maximum for Inter City D, opponents Lee Mill did well to force a draw when Ann Warren and Richard Smaridge beat Stockton and Alan Hoskin 11-5, 11-7, 11-6.
Crafthole D are now a point ahead of Molyneux Associates at the top of Division Four. They won 9-1 at Woodland Fort H, with Molyneux ( John Dodd 3) winning 8-2 at Astor F.
Inter City E avoided defeat for only the second time drawing 5-5 with Woodland Fort F.
With a maximum from John Giblin, lowly Woolwell L surprised third-placed Woolwell M, winning 6-4.
Giblin and Simon James sealed victory, overcoming Jacob Squires and Andy Helliwell 11-5, 11-5, 11-5.
Matt King of University B is still unbeaten and his three and the doubles with Dan Mucklow gave the team a 6-4 win at Woolwell N in Division Five. Woolwell Q are still without a win but fought hard at Astor H, despite losing 8-2.
Crafthole E edged their derby against Crafthole F 6-4 after winning the doubles. Ivybridge closed the gap on Woolwell O at the top to two points after winning 9-1 against Woolwell R, while Woolwell O (Robert Saturn 3) struggled to beat Inter City F 6-4.
Woolwell A have stretched their Division One lead over Woolwell B to seven points.
Both teams faced determined resistance before Woolwell A had a 9-1 win over Woolwell D and Woolwell B beat Crafthole B 8-2.
In other derbies, Woolwell H are still looking for a first win as Woolwell G (Jordan Bone 3) won 7-3, and Woolwell C (Simon James 3) got the better of Woolwell E 6-4.
BREWIN DOLPHIN MANNAMEAD WINTER TENNIS LEAGUE LEAGUE
NEIL HUNT and Simon Yeo strengthened their challenge for second place in the men's Division A, with a straight sets win over another pair in contention, Phil Harbottle and Phil Ruse.
Powerful serving from Hunt and Yeo, coupled with the excellent net interceptions from Yeo made all the difference, as Hunt and Yeo won 6-4, 6-2, 6-4.
The leading pair, Simon Prout and Matt Green, had little difficulty in a 6-0, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Steve Randall and Harry Bird.
Randall used Hunt as a sub in his next match and the pair came back strongly against Andrew Leigh and Phil Whitby, who faded in the third set but managed a 6-1, 6-4, 3-6 win.
Perry Bailey and Colin Beresford-Jones were playing only their fourth match of the season in Division B and lost to Simon Dusting and Paul Matthews 6-2, 6-5, 6-5.
Bailey and Beresford-Jones still have 11 matches to play and may not complete their fixtures. Chris Shorter and Phil Ticehurst both hit form together and were well on top of Dave Pemberton and Bernard Lien in a 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 win.
In Division C, Gary Eato and Mike Foote went the way of all others before them, beaten in straight sets by Matt Smith and Peter Bradley 6-2, 6-0, 6-3.
Earlier, a more consistent performance from Eato and Foote earned them a creditable 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win over Mike Madden and Jason Holland. A final set tie-break win by Madden and Holland just gave them the edge over Martin Whitmill and Tim Wakeham 3-6, 6-2, 6-5.
Nikki Aitken and sub Sue Gale became only the third pair to take a set off Michelle Cooke and Liz Morley in the women's doubles Division A.
Cooke and Morley lost the first set on a tie-break and were flattered to win the second set 6-1.
Aitken and Gale came back well from 5-0 down in the third set, but Cooke and Morley hung on to win 5-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Cooke and Morley turned in their usual consistent performance to secure a 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 win against Anna Tickle and Esther Pettit.
In Division B, Joan McGregor and Helen Foote must have been pleased with two wins against opponents who could have caused them problems.
McGregor and Foote had to come from a set down to defeat Chris Bunney and Jill Cansfield 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, and then, in an excellent match, the pair overcame the net play of Linda Galpin and Libby Allman to win 6-2, 6-3, 6-0.
Hannah Odam was a strong substitute for Jane Poon and with Jane Trahair did not drop a game in beating Barbara Jensen and Debbie Grieve. Jensen and Grieve then won, for only the third time, defeating Michele Pooley and Suzuko Reed 6-0, 6-4, 6-0.
Other results: women's doubles: J Butler/L Haston beat J Pellow/L Light 6-5, 2-6, 6-3; E Gill/M Phillips beat M Pooley/S Reed 6-2, 6-1, 6-0; E Gill /M Phillips beat C Smith/J Kelcey 6-1, 6-3, 6-1
Men's doubles: S Prout/M Green beat S Arkle/A Reburn 6-1, 6-1, 6-1; PWardle/C Williams beat O Fletcher/Z Bowen 6-5, 6-5, 6-5; O Fletcher/Z Bowen beat A Reburn/S Arkle 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; P Poon/J Jacobs beat Y Sui/D O'Connell 6-2, 6-2, 6-5
Mixed doubles: A Leigh/E Pettit beat R Palmer/N Aitken 6-5, 6-4, 6-4; R Palmer/N Aitken beat H & L Helliwell 6-4, 6-4, 6-0
PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT BADMINTON LEAGUE
THE women from University A are slowly building a lead at the top of their division in the Plymouth and District Badminton League, but are not winners yet.
At YMCA Kitto, the students inflicted a whitewash at Callington, going home with a 8-4 victory.
Callington entertained Devonshire in a competitive match that saw points shared in four of the six events as the home side gained an 8-4 win.
Callington next entertained Greenbank in a strongly-fought game but could not match the experience of their visitors, who won 9-3. Glecy Bernardo was involved in all three points for Callington.
Greenbank next went to Devonshire where a competitive match was just edged by the women's team, who won 7-5. Kate Ball was involved in all five points for the home side.
At Plymouth Life Centre, Devonshire could only force a 6-6 draw.
Devonshire's Sara Raine remained unbeaten.
Plymouth Life Centre (PLC) travelled to University B and picked up a 10-2 victory.
University's Rianka Patel was involved with both points for the students.
At YMCA Kitto, the PLC managed a 9-3 win with Jane Bryan unbeaten for the visitors and Collette Rogers involved in all three points for Kitto.
Many of the league's clubs would welcome new members. Further information can be found at www.plymouthbadminton.co.uk