RACQUETS: Woolwell A pull clear in Plymouth & District Table Tennis League
PLYMOUTH TROPHYMAN PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT TABLE TENNIS LEAGUE by David Williams
IN DIVISION One, Woolwell A pulled six points clear of Woolwell B after defeating Woolwell F 8-2. Toby Mattacott and Harry Cutler scored maximums for the A team but were beaten in the doubles 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9 by Ed Haskell and Mark Burridge. No maximums were won as Woolwell B drew 5-5 at Woolwell D, with Rory Harries having an off night for the B team, winning just one set. Mike Hugh won two for the D team, beating Harries 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 and Dominic Sussex 11-9, 11-9,11-8. Six sets went to five games as Crafthole A (Tony Sweet 3) won by 6-4 at Woolwell G. Sweet and Glyn Price won the match for Crafthole with a win by 11-4, 11-13, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 over Helen Lambert and Jordan Bone.
Railway B, with six sets from Mike Briggs and John Palmer, overcame Astor B by 8-2. Briggs and Palmer were another pair to score maximums and fail in the doubles being beaten 4-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-9 by Peter Kratchovila and Mike Trembeth. It was some consolation for Kratchovila who failed to win a game in his three singles sets. With Mike Short and Dave Spry scoring maximums, Astor C won 8-2 at Astor A after leading 6-0. Crafthole C (Paul Wetherill and Mike Cookson three each) lost the first and last sets against Woodland Fort A in an 8-2 victory. Leaders Railway A comfortably defeated two player Railway C 8-2.
Despite being only a very occasional player these days, Tony Maestri (2) displayed all his old skills for Woolwell I in their tight 6-4 win at University A in Division Three. Dave Wills (3) was the form player for Uni and with Chris Batey beat Maestri and Damien Wyett 7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7. Woolwell J are joint leaders with WoolwelI I after beating Astor E by 10-0. Railway D (Russ Keith 3 and the doubles with Chris Ford) kept Woodland Fort D firmly in last place with an 8-2 win. The highlight of the 5-5 draw between Spar Saltash and Inter City D was the win by Steve Marley (3) against Darren Stockton by 11-8, 4-11, 11-9, 2-11, 12-10, with City recovering from 5-2 down. Barrie Oliver (2) played well for Woodland Fort C, but hosts Siblyback (Miles Noel – Johnson 3) won 7-3, with Noel –Johnson being far too good for Oliver by 11-6, 11-3, 11-2.
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Two players in Division Four scored maximums but their teams both lost by 6-4.
Nigel Aston was unbeaten for Woodland Fort H at Woolwell M, as was John Gilpin for Woolwell L at Molyneux Associates. Gilpin, with Andy Strike, also won the doubles beating John Dodd and Mike Gaylard 11-8, 12-14, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7. In a spate of 6-4 results, Woodland Fort E (Mike Wakley 3) accounted for Woodland Fort F, and Crafthole D (Connor McHale 3 and the doubles with Terry Wright) beat Astor G. Ralph Stone (Woodland Fort G) continues to be too good for the rest, scoring a maximum and the doubles with Paul Davis as Inter City E were beaten 7-3. Six sets lasted just three games each as Woolwell K faced few problems in their 9-1 win over Astor F.
Results: Division Five: Woolwell R 2 Astor H 8, Woolwell Q 4 Crafthole E 6, University B 4 Woolwell 0 6
BREWIN DOLPHIN MANNAMEAD WINTER TENNIS LEAGUE
IN THE top Ladies Division A match, the defending champions Michelle Cooke and Liz Morley had to be at their most consistent at vital points to overcome determined play from challengers Luisa Warring and Lyn Helliwell. Although Cooke and Morley won in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-0 it was only in the third set that they really took control. Alison Diver and Linda Trebilcock kept in the race for second place, recovering from a slow start to defeat Janet Butler and Linda Haston 2-6; 6-3, 6-5. Sue Gale came in as a sub to partner Nikki Aitken and in a match spoiled by the strong wind they let a first set lead slip as Joy Pellow and sub Bing Mei won by 5-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Joan McGregor and Helen Foote started well against Julia Whetton and Lynne Macfarlane in a Division B match, winning the first set 6-3. However, it was then all downhill as they won only one more game as Whetton and Macfarlane upped the standard to deservedly win by 3-6, 6-0, 6-1. Twenty four hours later McGregor and Foote played a super and much more confident game and were delighted to overcome Liz Gill and sub Marian Phillips by 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in a match where all four players had their moments of brilliance. Whetton and Macfarlane had two much more comfortable wins, beating Michele Pooley and Suzudo Reed 6-0, 6-0, 6-1 and Coral Smith and sub Fiona Murphy 6-1, 6-3, 6-1.
Having returned from his Egypt break, Richard Avent was back to winning ways when, with Joy Pellow, they defeated Simon Dusting and Hannah Odam 6-3, 6-2, 6-5 in the Mixed Doubles. Howard and Lyn Helliwell, after winning by 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 against the bottom pair Martyn Wolstencroft and Mel Smith, found the second placed pair of Andrew Leigh and sub Hannah Robinson too good for them and were beaten 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Ricky Palmer and Nikki Aitken struggled to defeat Yuen Sui and Juliet Memery 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
Simon Prout and Matt Green had to survive a set point in the first set, but just kept their unbeaten record in Men's Division A against Chris Williams and Paul Wardle. Williams and Wardle, from two sets down, were worthy of a third set success, with Prout and Green winners by 6-5; 6-4, 3-6. Neil Hunt and Simon Yeo continued their push for second place, conceding just four games in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 win over Steve Randall and Harry Bird. In Division B it looked all over for Bernard Lien and Dave Pemberton, as at one set all they trailed 1-5 in the third set against Jamie Stephenson and Kevin Thomas. Somehow Lien and Pemberton stopped the rot and won the next five games for a 6-4, 3-6, 6-5 win. Peter Bradley and Matt Smith will probably win Division C, as with matches in hand, they recorded their 10th consecutive straight-sets win in defeating Alan and Sam Donaldson 6-1, 6-0, 6-2.
Other results: Ladies' Doubles: C Bunney/J Cansfield beat D Grieve/B Jensen 6-3, 6-1, 6-0
L Allman/J Randall beat S Reed/M Pooley 6-2, 6-1, 6-2