Tyke Petroleum - YORK Men's Tennis League

AGM & Presentation Evening 15/11/2017

A glittering array of trophies greeted the winners and attendees at the annual general meeting and presentation evening of the Tyke Petroleum Men's Tennis League, hosted for the first time at the Wilberfoss Pavilion.  

The league's very generous, long time sponsor, Derek Boorman presented the trophies to all eight division winners.  Pat Evans, happily accepted the division one trophy, to complete a treble of successive men's league championships for Poppleton tennis club.

Hosts Wilberfoss returned record figures to win the division five title and were the only unbeaten team in the men's league this year.  They'll certainly face stern opposition up in division three next season.  Charlie Dodds, collecting the trophy looked up to the challenge.

The AGM unanimously re-elected chairman David Moore and welcomed John Petler and Alan Wilkinson (both of Bishopthorpe tennis club) who'll take over as joint league secretaries.

The league gave a warm welcome back to three times former champions New Earswick tennis club. They'll rejoin in division eight for 2018, to compete on their brand new courts.

2017 trophy success has also bolstered membership at Strensall and Harrogate Spa, and both will be entering second teams into the men's competition next season. 

With 33 clubs and 61 teams there are still three vacancies available for a full complement of eight divisions in 2018.


the Press - 12/12/2017

FINAL Matches to 24/9/2017

FULLY AUTOMATIC WINNING MACHINE - Division 6 Champions HARROGATE SPA have 'cleaned up', in their first full programme in the Men's League.  Able to cope with heavy loads, they've seen off tough, messy, hard-to-shift (and even greasy) opponents, emerging bright and squeaky-clean on every occasion.   They can thoroughly rinse both the Division 7 and Division 8 champions, and they've also a very powerful spin - sending in comprehensive reports and photos of their matches.  
Next time YOU want to clean up at Tennis, make sure you get with Harrogate Spa!

LtoR: Captain Andy Clayton, James Lofthouse, Chris Dight, Craig Chew, Jonathan Guiritan and Andrew Davis.

For York teams, it was definitely not the weekend to be playing in Harrogate.  Bubwith, already earmarked for relegation in the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis league, trekked to Starbeck knowing their hosts were after all put a half-point in their final match, to snatch the division two trophy off rivals Harrogate Racquets. 

The onslaught was brutal, with Starbeck claiming all six rubbers and an unassailable 58-14 lead after just two rounds.  Bubwith captain Rob Jackson and Liam Moore proved heartbreakers however, winning their final rubber 9-3 to deny ‘Beck their silverware.  Racquets cling onto the division two trophy by just half a point. Bubwith and Appleton Roebuck will drop from two into division three. Next season they’ll face Academy 2 and Wilberfoss, the champions of divisions four and five respectively, as well as incumbents Boston Spa 2, Wigginton 2, York 2 and Starbeck 2. 

Knaresborough and Rowntree Park 2, relegated from three, will head up next season’s division four, to include stay-puts, Harrogate Racquets 2, Copmanthorpe 2, Wigginton 3 as well as Heworth, Wetherby 2 and Alne & Tollerton from division five. 

Division seven champions Fulford 2 took their top team across the A1 to face Harrogate Spa in their final inter-divisional match.  Although already division six champions, Spa needed at least 5½ points to better David Lloyd 3’s total, and earn a coveted start in division five next year.  Fulford belly-flopped face-first into the deep end as Spa opened all the taps to take 5 points and a 43-29 lead after two rounds, going on to claim a 10-2 rinsing of the division seven shield winners by the final cycle.  Spa captain Andy Clayton and James Lofthouse mopped up with 3-23 to round off a very successful season.  

Newbies Spa will start just their second York Men's league season, up in division five next year, along with division seven and eight champions, Fulford 2 and Strensall.  They’ll be joined by Starbeck 3, Rufforth and Appleton Roebuck 2 from division four, as well as Riccall and York 3 already in five.     

Admitting to being off form, Captain David Hicks appreciated team support as Heworth won their final match, at home to Alne & Tollerton to bust the ton in division five.  With a sagging middle, the victory was trussed by first pair Baptiste Briu and Stephen Jones with 3-27, and by third pair Nick Milner and Al Spall with an undefeated 2-19.  

Wigginton 4 confirmed themselves a division seven start next season, by scrapping out four points at home to division six’s Harlow. They needn’t have worried as rivals Heworth 2 only took 2 pairs to their final inter-divisional crunch match at Wheldrake. 

It’s the BIG drop for Sutton-on-Derwent 2, from division four to six, to be joined by division five’s Boston Spa 2 and Bishopthorpe.  Making up a seven-team division, they’ll be joined by six’s Selby, seven’s David Lloyd 3 & Pocklington, as well as division eight’s Wilberfoss 2 next year.  A six-team division seven will comprise next year of Poppleton 3, York 4, Harlow, Cawood, Sheriff Hutton and Wigginton 4.  Bubwith 2, Knaresborough 2, Heworth 2, youngsters David Lloyd 4, Wheldrake and Bishopthorpe 2 will be the six teams making up division eight. 

With plenty of gaps in the roster, now is a good time for new clubs (and teams) to join the Men's League!  

The 2017 AGM & Presentation evening can't be arranged until all the trophies have been returned.   Thank you to the seven captains who've made the effort to return their 2016 trophies in good time - we're just waiting on ONE cup to be returned now.

Well done, all you captains for getting your teams out every week and contributing your time to making 2017 another successful Men's League season.   


Matches (reported) to 10/9/2017

 'BECK IN THE BIG TIME - STARBECK are boldly going where no Starbeck team has gone   ..since last season.  They've bounced back up to Division One  after just one season down in Two.
(LtoR):  Chris Noddings, Doug Barker, Ryan Carrick, Paul McAuley, Dave Tripp and Tom Hendry. (courtesy of Starbeck TC)

Starbeck stole back into the top flight of the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis league, pinching promotion out from under Fulford, with a comprehensive win at David Lloyd 2 in their final match of 2017. Ryan Carrick and Simon Dickinson luxuriated on the indoor Axminster, scoring 3-29 for ‘Beck, who still have a match left, and could even claim the division two trophy from leaders and neighbours, Harrogate Racquets.   Storming to 41-31 after two rounds, Sutton-on-Derwent snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in their relegation derby at home to Bubwith.  Their 4½ points, though, is just enough for them to avoid the drop to division three.  The slim win also affords Bubwith a chance to escape, having two matches still to go.

Sherburn shamelessly swiped the silverware away from season-long division three leaders Wetherby, by walloping York 2 in their very last match.  Captain Stephen Duree led from the front as always, scoring an impeccable 3-29 with Tristan Grettan.  Sherburn are the men’s league’s smallest club by head count, but have historically punched way above their weight.  With dedicated players, they’ve taken on the big clubs and won.  They last clinched promotion to division two back in 1996.  Maximum points at home to down-and-outs Rowntree Park 2, ensured Starbeck 2 stay in division three at the expense of cross-Nidd neighbours Knaresborough who suffer their third relegation in successive seasons.

An end-of-term romp to round off a very successful semester for Academy 2.  They’ve won back-to-back trophies, and their 10½ points at home to Rufforth mean they’re the second highest points scorers this year (in ALL of York's tennis leagues!) Next season, they’ll be competing as David Lloyd, Harrogate after their club was bought by the leisure group giants back in July.  Sutton-on-Derwent 2 will drop two divisions to six next year, and mustered only two pairs for their final match of 2017 at Wigginton 3.  

A big sign-off from Wilberfoss, with maximum points at York 3, to round off the perfect season.  The league’s youngest successful side, have attained the hallowed triple of a 100% match-winning record, as well as surpassing 100 rubbers and 1000 games won in one season.  They’re the only team to achieve any of those feats in 2017, and they've managed all of them at once. Captain Alex Gurnell & Ben Alport led the parade with 3-29. Heworth’s Nick Latcham and Stephen Jones are this week’s top guns, nailing 3-32 in a battering of Boston Spa 2, confirming Heworth as runners-up, but condemning Spa to a division six start next season.

Cawood caught Poppleton 3 a beaut in their inter-divisional, after captain Adam Raistrick and Eddie Burton, bowled the division eight promotion chasers out with 3-27.  They should then have been chomping at the bit for the return match, but Raistrick reported no interest from his players for the trip to Poppy, conceding them an unlikely walkover.  Strensall hopefully won't feel it was more wasted time, traveling to Claro Park for their inter-divisional against Harrogate Spa.  Strensall lost comprehensively to the division six newbies who now top their table. James Lofthouse and Andy Clayton excelled with 3-26 against the division eight crowned champions. 

the Press - 14/9/2017

Matches (reported) to 3/9/2017

EYES ON THE PRIZE - After seeing off The Academy to seal their THIRD Championship in a row, POPPLETON, with a strong and stable squad, are already eyeing further Men's League records they can smash in future seasons.

(LtoR) Nikki Rohlfing, André Earnshaw, Nick Turnbull (capt), Liam Earnshaw, Jack Hannah and Pat Evans  

Poppleton clinched their third successive Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League championship, on the final day of the (Division One) season. Invincible Nick Turnbull rounded off the campaign, partnering Liam Earnshaw to 3-26 at home to a full strength Academy. Having won six times in the last 10 years, and with a rock solid team, Poppleton have an eye on Dunnington’s overall record of 14 titles won during the 38 seasons the league has been running. Now just one behind, on 13, and with Dunnington relegated, Poppleton will have a clear shot next year at drawing level, and also matching Dunn’s feat of four championships in a row, achieved way back in 1983.

Dunnington themselves signed out of division one with a rare win, led by captain Paul Birch, scoring 3-26 with Kevin Todd against an end-of-term York.  A Sunday stroll too for Wigginton with all pairs unbeaten at Rowntree Park.  Ben Walker and Jason Whiting avoided the ducks and returned 3-29 for Wiggy. David Lloyd are league runners-up, claiming eleven points at Copmanthorpe who fielded two pairs only.

No quarter given nor asked, though, in division two, with the title still unclaimed.  Season long leaders Racquets stumbled out the blocks in their final match at local rivals Starbeck. With the games close, ‘Beck took the crucial 7-5s for a whopping 9 points from 59 games won. Ryan Carrick and Simon Dickinson were Racquet-busters-in-chief with 3-24.  It leaves Racquets still 2 points short of securing silverware with Starbeck the only team who can snatch it from them. 

Captainless again, Fulford faltered in their final match at David Lloyd 2.  To gain the top flight, Fulford now depend on Starbeck failing to win 4½ points from their last two matches.  Lloyd’s Peter Wilson and Mark Bland nailed the most satisfying maximum of all, 3-21.  Sutton-on-Derwent’s tremendous result at Bubwith, coupled with a battling defeat at Poppleton 2, means Appleton Roebuck are the first casualty in division two and will be back in three again next year. 

The award for best drama goes to division three, where runaway leaders Wetherby sensationally lost their last match, heavily to late charging Sherburn, who now loom menacingly just two points behind, but with a match yet to play. Best performance goes to Sherburn captain Stephen Duree and Stephen Pearce who took the category with 3-28 against a full strength outfit, who’ve bossed the division all season. Sherburn will be going for the trophy in their final match at home to York 2, who’ll need to thwart their hosts to gain promotion themselves. Rowntree Park 2 did well to muster even two pairs for an unrewarding doughnut up at Wigginton 2.

Copmanthorpe 2 claimed the most outrageous result of the season, winning 9-3 at Appleton Roebuck 2 in division four, but with only four players.  Alan Partington and Carl Addison are the day’s top guns with 3-31 for the part-teamers.  Racquets 2 took rollicking revenge and all but a half-point off Starbeck 3.  The battering relegates ‘Beck to at least division five, and possibly six should they lose their crunch final match at Appleton Roebuck 2.  They’d best be sure to take four players at least.  

A bump in the road en route to Alne & Tollerton ensured Riccall were a pair short for their division five cruncher. The big win all but guarantees A&T a place in division four next year, whilst division seven champs Riccall will drop down a level.

With two matches to get through, division seven’s Fulford 2 are within three points of a coveted division five start next year, after skittling Sheriff Hutton.  Andrew Frank and David Hull’s 1½-17 for Sheriff though, ensures their team will avoid the drop into division eight.

David Lloyd 3 easily took the first two rounds of their final match, against Pocklington in division seven.  Their promotion rivals fought back though, with a 22-14 final round, to almost take the tie.  The points split sees Pocklington precariously hanging on for a division six start next season. Lloyd are looking at division five, but with a meagre 107½ points, are likely to give that up for six. Another big win for Bubwith 2, gives them two more matches to claw themselves up to a division seven start next season.  Captain Andy Corfield and Dave Booth aced them 3-28 at Bishopthorpe 2.

the Press - 6/9/2017

Matches to 27/8/2017

'AVE IT NOW  - Despite another top performance, returning 3-26 with LIAM EARNSHAW (left), Poppleton's unbeatable captain NICK TURNBULL (right) is forced to wait yet another week to get his maulers on the silverware.  Poppy suffered an unheard of second defeat on the bounce, this time up at Wigginton, and fell tantalisingly ONE point short of securing their THIRD successive Men's League Championship.

It’s going down to the wire in the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis league, after Wigginton pipped Poppleton, leaving the leaders just one point short of an historic third successive men’s league championship.  With a sacrificial third pair, Pop set out to win the five points they needed to wrap up this year’s title, against the team they’d thumped just three weeks earlier.  On their sand-blasted carpet though, Wigginton gained early traction, winning 21 games off the bat, as Phil Langley and James Walker narrowly edged opposite numbers Nikki Rohlfing and André Earnshaw.  Third pair Ben Storey and Andy Withers aced a second round 8-4 against the same couple, as Wiggy claimed another 21 games, to beach Poppy’s title aspirations for at least another week.

Every little helps as David Lloyd 2 and Poppleton 2 scrambled for safety in a precarious division two.  Winning 24 first round games, Lloyd looked set for a big haul and safety from  relegation, but Poppy made a clean sweep of round two, and the last saw Lloyd hang on for a slender win. The result leaves both teams still needing to fight to stay up.  Paul Turnbull and John Anderson stood out for Pop with an invaluable 2½-21. 

It’s close to boiling in division three as Wetherby boosted their lead after a ten point battering of second-placed neighbours Boston Spa. Although a keenly contested derby, Wetherby edged the important games and boasted two unbeaten pairs.  Roger Fawcus led from the front, returning 3-25 with David Corbyn.  With Spa spent, it’s Sherburn, who’re gunning for the leaders, after shooting down York 2 at Clifton Park.  Returning Plamen Yourdanov was on target for Sherburn, scoring 2½-25 with Chris Harper.  Just ten points behind but with a match in hand, all eyes will be on Sherburn’s showdown, this Sunday, at home to the leaders.      

Harrogate Racquets 2 hoovered points from the tailenders, jumping to second in division four, but unable to catch crowned rivals Academy 2.  Max and Will Marshall excelled on Sutton-on-Derwent 2’s grass courts, taking maximum points and winning 27 games. Jamie Pert and Andy Chapman did the honours with 3-26 at home to endangered Appleton Roebuck 2, who’ll be hoping Racquets will be similarly ruthless in their final match against drop dodgers Starbeck 3.

Heworth hauled themselves to second in division five, after filling their wellies at Bishopthorpe.  Alastair Greenhough and Wes Casey were one of two unbeatable Heworth pairs with 2½-22.  The headline though, is that Bish also boasted an unbeaten pair: Tim Mandle and Tim Brown who battled their beans off (bless ‘em) to get 2-19 for the basement bashers.

David Lloyd 3’s ten point inter-divisional has boosted them into division five promotion contention, displacing Selby’s 99 points, and confiriming that opponents Knaresborough 2, will start in division eight next year.  Simon Gray and Clive Christison proved too strong with 3-27.  Wilberfoss 2 signed off with a decent win at division six’s Harlow.  ‘Foss’ll have fingers crossed that 107½ points will be enough to get them into division five next year. Bubwith 2’s whitewash of short-handed Bishopthorpe 2, keeps their hopes alive of a division seven start in 2018.  

Not a soul to be seen at Poppleton LTC, except for Harrogate Spa who'd not been told that their match against the thirds was to be forfeited. Pop 3’s six point deduction seems hardly enough for the discourtesy and time wasted.  It's certainly enough, though to hand Strensall the division eight title (..congrats), without them having to swing another racket.  Spa had a wasted morning, but it seems former cup contenders, Poppleton 3, have wasted their entire season.

NO FUN - captain Phil Langley (left) and James Walker were deadly serious, giving nowt away, to ensure that POPPLETON  didn't win the prize of the Men's League title at WIGGINTON (...where the courts are BLUE, btw. It gets more Quorny every week)

the Press - 30/8/2017

Matches (reported) to 20/8/2017

Poppleton needed a half-point better than the draw to avenge their only defeat and claim the 2017 Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League title at David Lloyd.  With Lloyd assembling their strongest team of the season, it was a clash of the titans. Sean Evans and Dale Fawcett were invincible for them indoors, dropping just a half point to Liam Earnshaw and Pop captain Nick Turnbull, who once more finished unbeaten.  Lloyd’s second defeat of the champions, leaves Pop still five points short of the league title.

Won’t the real Jonny Kay, please stand up, as Academy faced down Copmanthorpe in their doppelganger double-header. In division one, Jonny Kay drew a blank for Cop, as they trudged out of division one with defeat at The Academy.  At the same time, Jonny Kay top-notched for Academy 2, spectacularly pipping hosts Copmanthorpe 2, to finally claim the division four title. Although no-one’s seen them on the same court together, The Two Jonnies are claimed straight-facedly to be different players.  Academy 2’s Jonny Kay partnered Piers Forster to 2-19 for an auspicious and instantly victorious men’s league debut.  Stand up and take a bow, that man.

Who needs captains? - as yokeless York easily saw off rudderless Rowntrees in the battle of the Parkies.  Paul Blackett and John Moore breezed to 3-26 for the Clifton Park crew, in a result which conveniently ensures both teams have evaded the drop to division two.

Racquets oddly won promotion back to the top-flight, by hanging on at home to stragglers Sutton-on-Derwent.  With Zak and Louis Los at third pair, Sutton stormed a 24-12 final round for a remarkable draw.  Three good pairs, topped by a captain’s innings of 3-28 at Appleton Roebuck, by Govind Baker with Arran Tate, keeps Fulford in with a shout at promotion if not the trophy.  

Captain Stephen Duree and Imran Jehangiri top-scored with 3-30 as dark horses Sherburn saw off Knaresborough to move to within eight points of the division three trophy, with a match in hand over the leaders.  Knaresborough face a tough derby at Boston Spa in their final match, to avoid their third relegation in successive seasons.  A fantastic 23-13 final round stole Starbeck 2 an unlikely win at Wigginton 2, to boost their chances of avoiding the drop.  A team performance got all three ‘Beck pairs into the points, and with a match in hand, are favourites to stay in division three.

Wigginton got their revenge, and their third team a good chance now of staying in division four, after a blustery tussle at Starbeck 3. Andy Galloway and Jon Alexander maxed and won 24 games for Wiggy.  Appleton Roebuck 2 edged a topsy-turvy match at Rufforth to keep their division four hopes alive, despite a tremendous debut by Rufforth newbie Ross White. 

With the music about to stop, seven division five teams nervously shuffle round the four relegation places. Basement botherers Boston Spa 2 surprisingly battered neighbours Wetherby 2 to give themselves every chance.  Captain Ralph Grote and Stuart Kerr led the rout with 3-23. Neil Hawkins and Ben Drummond did likewise for Alne & Tollerton to give the division eight champs hope and plunge opponents York 3 into danger.  Andrew Dunning and Steve Capewell achieved the impossible for Riccall, remaining unbeaten at champions Wilberfoss with 2-19.

Wheldrake with a final round 23-13 earned a thrilling draw at York 4.  Despite the excitement, the result ensures that Wheldrake will join David Lloyd 4 in division eight next year.  York 4 signed off, setting a tariff of 89 points for a division six place.  With other teams still out on the course, though, they’re likely to drop down the leader board.

John Huffington and John Rennison with 3-28, cracked tough nuts Wigginton 4, to keep alive Wilberfoss 2’s hopes of a division five start next year.  Selby's final match was a shake-down of division seven’s Sheriff Hutton to post a finger-crossing total of 99 points. Captain Colin Fone and Daryl Young aced 3-28 for Selby.  Wigginton 4 woke up and lost not a single rubber at Heworth 2, in the scramble for division seven tennis next year.  Phil Anderson and Neil Storey were avid with 3-26. 

the Press - 23/8/2017

Matches (reported) to 13/8/2017

In their drive for promotion to the top flight of the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League, the chasing pack in division two could find only a box of neutrals.  Without their captain, second-placed Fulford left it too late to get into gear as hosts Sutton-on-Derwent were quickest off the line, and held out for the win.  In a tight corner, Sutton captain Max Los and Nick Ridley proved match-winners with 3-24.

Starbeck had chance to make up a position, but had first to get past Poppleton 2, whom they’d previously overtaken by a wide margin. Pop were without their driving force and captain Dave Jones, but had swapped him for the high-revving James Silson, who left ‘Beck standing, as he and Tom Cantrell sped away to 3-28 for an unexpected away victory.  David Lloyd 2 held their nerve to round backmarkers Appleton Roebuck.  Rob Gray and Nick Sandham with 3-28 outperformed their more regular teammates, to get Lloyd over the winning line by a whisker.

With their captain back, Sherburn were in full boost and racing to win in division three.  Quickly up through the gears, Steve Duree and Tristan Grettan reached 3-27 at third-placed Wigginton 2, who now find the pit-lane starters filling their mirrors and with two matches in hand over them.

Academy 2 were streets ahead of Appleton Roebuck 2, but with two matches still to play, fell tantalisingly just half-a-point short of claiming the division four trophy.  Jarrod Robinson and Chris James could have done little more with 3-28 for the Academy, who’ll now look to wrap up the title at chasing Copmanthorpe 2 on Sunday.

A whitewash of Boston Spa 2 by division five champions Wilberfoss, has them favourites for the top points haul in the men’s league this year.  ‘Fosses band of brothers are looking good too for the prestige targets of 100 rubbers and 1000 games won in a season.  Ben Alport and James Hunt were top guns against Spa with 3-32.  Spa took their revenge on Riccall who gave veteran Paul Elmhirst a holiday call-up.  Matt Saxon also returned but for Spa, scoring a commendable 1½-17 at third pair with Peter McCreesh.  

York 4’s three debutants all returned points in their inter-divisional against David Lloyd 4.  Indeed Jack Catchpole bagged a maximum and 23 games won, with fellow newbie Harvey Lyon.  Jamie Geddes got off the mark, scoring a point with Bradley Austin.   With their only success last year, a walkover, David Lloyd 4’s next generation of young stars have come on like gangbusters this year, bowing out with three wins on merit this season, and garnering nearly three times their points haul in 2016.

Dave Gamble returned to score 3-24 with Richard Hart, keeping Pocklington in the hunt for a division five start next year, despite a disappointing reverse at home to division six’s Cawood.   

Having bettered all-comers in division eight, Strensall took their inter-divisional rivals down a peg, boasting two unbeatable pairs away to Cawood: with 3-24 Captain Ryan Gale and Ben Brown were the vanguard.  Strensall also inflicted just the second defeat upon division six supremos Harrogate Spa as James Whitwell hit 3-26 with Mark Howarth.  Strennie need just another point in their final match away to Harrogate Spa, to ensure promotion to division five.


Matches (reported) to 6/8/2017

Wigginton captain Phil Langley partnered Tennis protegé Angus Bradshaw to attempt the impossible: beating Nick Turnbull, captain of league leaders Poppleton.  It looked likely, as Langley & Bradshaw led 5-2 in early exchanges on Poppy’s purple tarmac. Turnbull and Liam Earnshaw fought back hard, and at 6-5 up, had chance to serve out the win.  The 6-all result was only the second time that Turnbull had failed to beat opposition in the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis league this season.  Scoring 2½-30 in this tie, Turnbull’s overall record this year is 32 points from a maximum of 33.

What a difference a week makes in division two, as Poppleton 2 walloped Bubwith, who’d bettered their hosts just 7 days previously. Bub barely got a sniff this time, as Pop 2 captain Dave Jones called in Alan Powell, Matt Everatt and Tom Cantrell to inflict some serious revenge.  Paul Turnbull and Powell returned maximum points from just 21 games won. 

When the captain’s away, the team don’t play is how Sherburn seem to roll, with Boston Spa enjoying the pleasure of Stephen Duree’s second absence of the year, to inflict upon his team just their second defeat in division three.  Matt Lewis and Paul Kaye ran riot with 3-27 as Spa close in on leaders Wetherby.    

Starbeck 3 inched closer to division four safety with a slim win at home to Appleton Roebuck 2.  Smart out the blocks with a 23-13 first round clean sweep, ‘Beck hung on for a 56-52 result, as 'Buck battled back.  Tom Key and James Matthewman were stand-out with 3-25. With a scratch third pair, it was all about the rubbers for Racquets 2, as John Topping and Jamie Pert ended unbeaten with 2½-22, as did Wigginton 3’s Adam Houghton and Andy Galloway with 2-20. 

A personal best for division six’s Selby, grabbing ten points in their inter-divisional match against seven’s David Lloyd 3.  Only Simon Gray and Chris Johnson with 2-20 could get on the board for Lloyd. The biggest win as well for division seven’s Heworth 2, dismantling Bubwith 2 in an 81-27 result.  Wes Casey and Nick Milner enjoyed their inter-divisional with a near perfect 3-33.  Jack Hoare and Will Rowntree with 3-29 top-scored for division seven youngsters, David Lloyd 4 as they ran amok at home to division eight whipping boys Bishopthorpe 2.   Chrises Reynolds and Milnes topped all with 3-34 for Harlow against division eight’s Knaresborough 2, in a match venue-swapped to Harlow. 

Matches (reported) to 30/7/2017

Wilberfoss claim the first silverware of 2017 in the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League, lifting the division five trophy, and before July is even out.  Wilberfoss needed better than five points away to their only remaining rivals, Riccall.  With both youth (average age 21) and ability (a 100% win rate), Wilberfoss swept aside last year’s unbeaten division seven champs, to score 24 games in each round and claim all but a point, finally to secure the title which narrowly eluded them last year.  Ironically, the point dropped means they can’t now match the all time points record of 152½, held by …Riccall.  ‘Foss, though have managed to win their trophy two weeks earlier than Riccall managed in division seven last season.

Dunnington’s Brad Swainston and Greg Ashcroft with an unbeatable 2½-24 seemed the only winners at home to title hopefuls, Academy. Dunnington’s loss confirmed their relegation from division one, whilst Academy’s modest 8½ points in a double-pointer has all but ended their title hopes for this season.  Chasers David Lloyd bumped into the unsinkable Angus Bradshaw at Wigginton, who edged 3-23 with Ben Walker.  Jan Dyl and Dale Fawcett threw Lloyd a lifeline with a 9-3 final rubber for a wafer thin win.  Still in the swim, Lloyd really needed more than to tread water to catch leaders Poppleton, but Wigginton’s five points keeps them high, dry and away from danger.

A rousing 3-24 from captain Rob Jackson and Liam Moore at home to Poppleton 2 in the second tier, earned Bubwith their first win of the season, breaking their duck in the men’s league across two divisions.  With five matches yet to play, Jackson is hoping the 2008 champions now have the chutzpah to avoid an ignominious drop into division three.  In his final men’s league match (before moving darn sarf), Doug Barker bid a handy farewell to Starbeck returning 3-24 with Chris Noddings at promotion rivals Fulford.  ‘Beck now jostle for second spot, but they’re a match to the good over their opponents. 

Wetherby watch out, as Sherburn win again in division three, despite a determined effort from Starbeck 2’s Gary Saunders and Jordan Harrison with 3-25.  Two late season debutants earned Sherburn points across the card.  Brian Borrowman scored 2-26 with Steve Duree, whilst newbie Max Semenovski fought hard for two drawn rubbers with Emilis Vastakas.  Winless Rowntree Park 2 are half a point away from relegation to division four, after handing fellow strugglers Knaresborough a get-out-of-jail walkover.

‘Where’ve you been?’, wondered Sutton-on-Derwent 2 captain Mark Pryce, as late-back-from-college brothers Louis and Zak Los proved unbeatable in their 2017 debut against title-chasing Copmanthorpe 2.  Sutton are already relegated to division six for next season.

Jason Clarke was the only consistency, as Selby and Wilberfoss 2 traded wins in their two inter-divisional matches.  Clarke couldn’t be beaten in either match, notching 2½-24 with Darryl Young in their home fixture, only to better that the following Sunday with 3-23 partnering captain Colin Fone at Wilberfoss.  

Matt Jones and Richard Hart with 3-28, humbled division eight’s mighty Strensall, to boost Pocklington’s chances of a division five start next year.  

Matches (reported) to 23/7/2017

It’s ton-up time as the first of the leading teams in the Tyke Petroleum men’s Tennis league pass the hundred-point benchmark. Leaders of the pack are reigning champions Poppleton leaving Rowntree Park in their dust.  Liam Earshaw aced 3-29 with ever present Pop captain Nick Turnbull, pipping brother André, who clocked 3-25 with Nikki Rohlfing. David Lloyd are hot on their tailpipes with a big win at home, despite stalling at the start against York rookies Joel Hancox and Jamie Winspear.  Academy are back in gear with twin wins. Adam Rider and Richard Bancroft made short work of Rowntree Park with 3-30, whilst Rider pillioned by Ivan Dechovsky gunned it at Wigginton with 3-25.

Over 30 points ahead and in a built-up area, Racquets are speeding toward a ticket to the top-flight.  All three Harrogate pairs proved unbeatable at home to division three champs David Lloyd 2, but Ryan Lonsdale and Jim Haddleton maxed with 3-27.  The loss drops Lloyd into the relegation battle, where Appleton Roebuck gave themselves every chance by demolishing bottom team Bubwith.  Big guns Rob Jones and Tom Shouksmith led the barrage with 3-28.

Back-to-back trophy chasers Wetherby went full chat at home to Starbeck 2 in division three, but missed out on the ton at Clifton Park, as York 2 instead, gave it the beans to inflict only the second defeat this year on the division five champs.  Rich Cranidge and Jez Catchpole were aces with 3-26.  Boston Spa take up the chase after their biggest win of the season, against Rowntree Park 2 who are 'in transition'. They weren't judgin', but Spa captain Matt Lewis and Paul Kaye with 3-29 showed little sympathy.  A sting in the tail could be Sherburn, zooming up from the depths after another big win. With five matches in hand over the leaders and averaging better than eight points a match, anything could happen in their next half-season (cue the bongos).

With timing bang on, Academy 2  race full pelt toward the division four title.  Hitting the grass running, they returned with 11 points from Sutton-on-Derwent as Matt Waters and Chris James won every rubber 9-3. There followed a near whitewash of fellow contenders Wigginton 3, with Waters and James splitting to score maximum points with Marcus Hewlett and Alan Cunningham.  Rufforth now rally to second, with a big win at home to Sutton, and an amazing match as hosts Wigginton 3 had to scramble the draw with a 22-14 final round. Andy Ivel and David Laws were Rufforth’s architects of success with 3-28 and 3-23 respectively. 

Flat-out Wilberfoss collected another 12 points on their division five licence, and roar into the hundreds.  Nearly 105 points scored overall now, and 105 games won at home this week to Bishopthorpe, beating their own second team’s record win, against the same opponents. Boston Spa 2’s Ralph Grote felt 'short changed' after visitors Alne & Tollerton nailed the crucial games in a closely fought tie, to come away with a tidy 8½ points from 58 games won.  With four teams to be relegated from division five this year, York 3 are suddenly sat on fresh air after a big defeat at Wetherby 2.  Mike Park and son Ollie were again on form for the Castlegarthers with 3-27.

Harlow had out the big guns for the division six derby against Knaresborough 2.  Chris Reynolds and John Shackleton obliged with a 3-30 broadside.  David Lloyd 3 lay claim to a division five start next year, by beating their own fourth team.  Two heavy defeats for Wigginton 4 have them heading to division eight in a handcart. Top guns this week are Josh Williams and Andy Frank with 3-31 for Sheriff Hutton in their battering of Wiggy. 

Strensall fell short of the ton, but are in pole position to start in division five next season, after another stonking win.   Wheldrake captain David Murtagh and young son Andrew must be pleased though, to have edged the Strensall captain by 7-5. Bishopthorpe 2 were penalised for their first team playing with only 2 pairs that morning. 

Matches (reported) to 16/7/2017

A giant sinkhole threatens two top teams in the Tyke Petroleum men’s Tennis league.  The 20-point chasm in division one, dramatically opened over the weekend, threatening to devour only recently bumped-up Copmanthorpe and Dunnington.  The phenomenon is blamed on a torrent of points raining down upon York in their relegation double-pointer at Copmanthorpe.  York’s Adam Devries and Pete Hall opened both taps with 3-29.   David Lloyd bob to second after a second soaking of Dunnington.  Only Paul Birch and Greg Ashcroft could stem the gusher with 2-16 for Dunn. 

Racquets look rock solid, piling on the points in a close contest at Appleton Roebuck.  Two unbeaten pairs were the foundation for the division two leaders, with Ryan Lonsdale and Jim Haddleton adding a storey with 2½-24. Fulford and Starbeck nailed nine-pointers in their scrap for the remaining promotion place.  With three 9-3 rubbers, Govind Baker and Arran Tate were architects of Fulford’s demolition of Poppleton 2.  A clean sweep too for Starbeck’s Doug Barker and Chris Noddings with 3-27, although a late injury spared David Lloyd 2 a whitewash. 

Knaresborough’s Andy Cousins and Dave Hewson together aced an unbeaten 2½-21 against runaway division three leaders, Wetherby, but split up at strugglers Rowntree Park 2 to optimise their points.  Hewson returned 3-29 with Matt Walton, whilst Cousins bagged 3-28 with Alex Kragiopoulos.  A key win for Wigginton 2 over hosts Boston Spa to leapfrog them up to second.  Super sub Matt Waudby was invincible with Trevor Watson with 2½-23, in a dominant Wiggy display.    

Racquets 2 fall further adrift of division four local rivals Academy 2, after losing a keenly-contested match-in-hand at home to Copmanthorpe 2. It was sweet revenge for Cop who’d lost their season opener at home to the Harrogatians, and who now jump to second.   

Wilberfoss missed a trick, but maintained their winning record with a nine-pointer at home to Wetherby 2.  Averaging ten points per match, ‘Foss were surprised by their only title-challengers who stormed a 2-20 first round, only to be hauled back by the league’s win-meisters.  Captain Alex Gurnell and Charlie Dodds were always confident with 3-23.  Dark horses Riccall canter to third, snaffling up nearly 19 points against single-pair defences put up by York 3 and Boston Spa 2.        

Promotion now costs 84 points as Fulford 2 outbid Poppleton 3 in the auction for one of just three places for a 2018 division five start, available to the 19 teams in the bottom tier.   Succesive wins for Fulford at the top and bottom of division seven, see them push up past Pop’s division eight total so far.   A captain’s innings of 3-25 from Fulford’s Paul Ruff with Alex Herriott saw off second placed Pocklington, who were bolstered by former top-flight player, Ross Gleig. 

Poppleton 3 were held at home in division eight, by Wilberfoss 2 who nabbed an extra point thanks to two unbeatable pairs.  John Laytham and Robin Walker with 2½-23 were a game better than teammates John Huffington and John Rennison. 

Top guns this week are division six’s Chris Reynolds and Alex Priestly with 3-31 for Harlow  in a priceless away defeat of Bubwith 2. Chalk one up to division six, as York 4 defeated division eight’s Wheldrake in the first of the season’s inter-divisional matches.  Dave Duffy and Chris Hughes did the damage with 3-26 in a ten-point booster for York. 

Matches (reported) to 9/7/2017

With holidays starting early, Poppleton enjoyed maximum returns to build a huge lead at the top of the Tyke Petroleum men’s tennis league.  Captain Nick Turnbull and Robbie Greenall topped with 3-31 for Pop, in a home whitewash of Copmanthorpe, whilst Dunnington found only four volunteers to face the runaway champs.  School’s out at Pop’s rivals, the Academy, losing two matches on the spin.  Adam Rider and Rich Bancroft were caretakers, returning 3-25 at York with half their regulars away.  Dale Fawcett and Sean Evans were a class apart, with 3-26, as David Lloyd avenged their early season defeat by Academy.  It was Christmas come early too in Rowntree Park, for Brad Swainston and Greg Ashcroft wrapping up 3-26 to greet Dunnington’s second success of the year. Enjoying a holiday from Florida, Angus Bradshaw, standing in for Wigginton’s captain, stetson-fanned to 3-25 with James Walker, as buckless York bombed.

Racquets stretch their lead in division two after a close shave at home to Bubwith. Stand-ins Tom Cameron and Will Marshall were the Harrogate heroes edging Bub number ones, Jon Clay and Mark Wright, 7-5 in the final rubber.   Despite boasting two unbeatable pairs, Sutton-on-Derwent narrowly lost to a well-ordered Starbeck, for whom Tom Key and Ryan Carrick themselves returned unbeaten with 2-21. David Lloyd 2 bounced out of danger with a big win at home to fellow strugglers Appleton Roebuck.  Pete Wilson and Mark Bland showed top form with 3-30.  

With all three pairs in the points, Wigginton 2 completed their club’s double, edging York 2 in a tight tussle at Clifton Park in division three. Division four’s top team boast the top pair this week.  Academy 2 pull well clear after Matt Waters and Sam Couchman’s 3-33 further endangered doldrum dwellers Appleton Roebuck 2.  Appropriately, it was a quietly confident 3-30 by James Rant and Richard Noland, quelling noisy opposition, as Starbeck 3 completed a club double by seeing off lowly Sutton-on-Derwent 2.    

Hundred-percenters, Wilberfoss beat Alne & Tollerton to bank yet another ten-pointer.  Alex Gurnell and Dan Jacques shredded their visitors with 3-28. ‘Foss pull 20 points clear at the top of division five with two matches in hand over the chasers.  Wetherby 2 squeezed seven points from Heworth despite winning only three rubbers.  Mike Connolly and Nick Lumb scrapped to an unbeaten 2-20.  A first round 23-13 was the foundation for a narrow Heworth defeat of York 3.  Stephen Jones and Ollie Hicks shared a half with Neils, Giltrap and Johnson, but were otherwise peerless for Heworth with 2½-28.    Boston Spa 2 comfortably won their basement battle at home to Bishopthorpe, but remain bottom.

Harrogate Spa saw off both promotion rivals in division six, staking their claim to a coveted start in division five next year.  Leading by example, Spa’s Andy Clayton nailed a combined 5½ points and 55 games away to Cawood and home to Selby.  Strensall sit on pole for ‘promotion’ from division eight, extending their lead with a big win at home to Knaresborough 2.  James Whitwell and Mark Howarth led the line this week with 3-29.  Poppleton 3 keep their foot in the elevator door with a battering of plucky Wheldrake. Alex Crick and Phil Sinton showed off with 3-30.  Wheldrake got their own back with a hefty defeat of Bishopthorpe 2, as young star Andrew Murtagh romped to 3-29 with dad, David. 

Matches (reported) to 2/7/2017

Only James Denmark and Steve LeCornu with 3-26, showed any signs of a struggle in the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League, as 2014 runners-up Rowntree Park came along quietly at Copmanthorpe.  A fair result for Cop, securing them just their second win on their current tour of the top flight, but they’re still a tough shift from safety in division one. Probably need to call for back up.

Arran Tate and Govind Baker with 3-27 eased Fulford past base-camp Bubwith, to glimpse the summit in division two.  Josh Beavers and Tom Craddock with 2½-22 took lead for the final push, but Fulford were pegged back by a rock solid performance from pinnacle dwellers, Racquets with 2½-23 by Mark Hinchliffe and Bill Brown.  It’s looking precarious for Bubwith who once again fell off their perch after a good start, this time at home to David Lloyd 2, who nailed a final round 3-23 for a close win.  A leg-up from danger as Damian Galloway and Adam Smith with 2½-22, were one of two Sutton pairs to remain unbeaten at home to Appleton Roebuck.

Wetherby stretch their lead in division three with 18 points from two matches.  Tom Warburton and David Woon sank strugglers Rowntree Park 2 with a 3-30 broadside. Front gunners Chris Cheeseman and Trevor Watson found their range with 3-25, but after going about, Wetherby found that Wigginton 2 had little either aft or amidships, sailing away with 65 games and 8 points.  Boston Spa trail in their wake, needing a final round rally to see off Starbeck 2 by just 55-53.  Sherburn finally hove into view after a heavy bombardment of Rowntree Park 2.  Bang on target were Stephen Duree and Imran Jehangiri with 3-32.  With three matches in hand, don’t count out Sherburn sneaking ahead a-leeward.

Academy 2 made a giant leap toward the solitary division four promotion place, with a priceless win in their derby against rivals Racquets 2. Marcus Hewlett once again excelled partnering Sam Couchman to 3-23 for Academy.  The six chasing teams fight it out for the three places to remain in the fourth tier of the league.  Appleton Roebuck 2 notched near identical wins, totalling 18 points, against the top and bottom teams of the division.

Wilberfoss are odds-on to take the division five cup and the sole promotion spot, with a 100% winning record still, and dropping just 11 of the 84 points they’ve played for this season.  Four of those, however, were at Heworth, where Oliver Hicks and Baptiste Briu beat the best the leaders had to offer with 3-24.  Another solid performance from Mike Park and son Ollie with 2½-24 against division seven champions Riccall, to keep Wetherby 2 at the front of the teams chasing to start in division four next year.

Strensall, Wilberfoss 2 and Fulford 2 occupy just the three berths allocated for a division five start next year for divisions six, seven and eight teams. Division eight’s Strensall lead the likely trio, going all out with 97 games at home to Bishopthorpe 2.  Joint top guns this week are Strensall’s Andrew Smith & Matt Stephenson and captain Ryan Gale & Clark Howard each with 3-33.

Selby boosted their chance of a division six start next year, by seeing off two lots of local rivals.  Cawood couldn’t better Selby captain Colin Fone and Aaron Clark with 2½-24, whilst Marc Hodgson and Darryl Young ensured the bragging rights with 3-30 for Selby at home to Bubwith 2.  Harlow captain Graham Mather scored a vital final round 7-5 with Dave Street to steal a narrow win at York 4.  

After a promising start, Pocklington saw their division five hopes crumble as hosts Sheriff Hutton battled back to take the bonus with a 22-14 final round. 

Wilberfoss 2 wobbled but didn’t fall down, taking 9 points in a tough 56-52 defeat of visitors Knaresborough 2 in division eight. John Huffington and Adrian Shakeshaft saved the day for the division five aspirants with 3-22.

Matches (reported) to 25/6/2017

York eased themselves out of danger in division one of the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis league, with precious points at home to former and current league champions.  Number ones Pete Hall and John Moore led the charge away from the bottom with 3-28 against 2009 champs, Dunnington.  A York debut for Steve Shipley partnering Pete Hall to 2-23, shaped up York’s defence against triple-chasing Poppleton, for whom Nick Turnbull and Liam Earnshaw excelled with 3-28. David Lloyd are touch-tight at the top after an impressive defeat of Rowntree Park away.  Partnered by Dale Fawcett, Sean Evans with 3-27 in just his second run out this season, was all-conquering against unlucky Park.  Wigginton captain Phil Langley and James Walker had Copmanthorpe at heel, with 3-27, though James’ brother Ben partnering Jason Whiting found it no walkover, losing heavily to Jack Wood and Dave Atkinson from first foot. 

Racquets roar ahead in division two, toughing out fully nine points at Poppleton 2.  Pop’s Paul Turnbull and John Anderson were rocks against the storm with an unbeatable 2½-22, including a gutsy 7-5 defeat of Harrogate aces Jon Smail and John Haddleton.   Rivals Starbeck stumbled at Appleton Roebuck.  Simon Dickinson and Ryan Carrick edged Rob Jones and ‘Buck captain Tom Shouksmith 7-5 in a thrilling first rubber, for an overall 3-27.  That was ‘Beck’s only return though, in a promotion denting 3-9 reverse.  

Boston Spa fall a half-point short of the top of division three, following a surprise defeat at Knaresborough and an agonising draw at home to York 2.  Hotshots Alex Kragiopoulos and Andy Cousins did for them with 3-29 at Knaresborough, whilst a last gasp 11-1 from John Logan and Jez Catchpole gave York 2 a share of the match bonus after Spa had dominated.  Disappointment for Knaresborough losing at struggling cross-Nidd near neighbours Starbeck 2, despite another unbeatable performance from Kragiopolous nailing 2½-24 with Dave Hewson.       

Wigginton 3 hit the heights with nearly 22 points from two matches, as their division four rivals all stumbled.  Ali Clothier and Adam Houghton with 3-29 mowed down their hosts in an 11-point clipping of Sutton’s hopes of ducking the drop.  Copmanthorpe 2 took a hit taking just two pairs to the division four mirror match at Wiggy.   Academy 2 could do better, despite edging a close derby at home to Starbeck 3.  Matt Waters and Jared Robinson swatted 3-25 for Academy, who now relinquish top spot just on ‘games won’. Racquets 2 were caned after winning just two from nine tenaciously contested rubbers at home to Rufforth, who nipped back home with 8½ points from a 55-53 pinch.

Wetherby 2 came unstuck in their quest to close down runaway Wilberfoss in division five.  Steve Broughton and Matt Fletcher were on target with 3-27 for Alne & Tollerton against the trophy chasers. Struggling Bishopthorpe’s third pair Tim Mandle and Tim Brown edged a surprise 7-5 defeat of Riccall number ones Pat Woodward and Scott Anderson, denied yet another maximum, in an otherwise comfortable home win.   

Harrogate Spa are the daddies, now a street ahead at the top of six in their debut season, after a points whitewash in a closely contested derby at Harlow.  Spa edged five rubbers by a single game to take all but half a point. Chris Dight and Craig Chew topped with a modest 3-25.  York 4 boost to third after winning their basement battle at Bubwith 2.   Chris Hughes and Ciaran Sullivan bested for York with 3-29.

Pocklington’s Ross Gleig and Jim Holding are the week’s (joint) big guns with an unrelenting 3-32 at home to youngsters David Lloyd 4. Pock stay second to Fulford 2, who claimed a surprisingly narrow win at Sheriff Hutton, but a surprisingly wide one at Wigginton 4, where Paul Ruff and Pat Herriott did the damage with 3-25.  Despite 3-28 from Nick Craggs and Ben Tranter, Sheriff Hutton took a tumble at home to Heworth 2, who are bottom no more.

After holding off a storming final-round comeback at rivals Poppleton 3, to regain the lead in division eight, Strensall then lost their 100% winning record at Wilberfoss 2.  John Huffington and Adrian Shakeshaft proved too much, with 3-25 for ‘Foss.  Pop narrowed the  gap to just two points, with a big ‘un at Bishopthorpe.  Tony Hart and Phil Sinton were the day’s joint top guns with 3-32 for Pop.

Matches (reported) to 18/6/2017

Mid-summer and the Tyke Petroleum Men’s league is coming to a boil, with Poppleton regaining top-spot by just a single point and Academy learning that the champions aren’t dismissed easily.  Pop captain, Nick Turnbull called up both Earnshaws to get them a win at the leaders, but appropriately, for Father’s Day, it was dad Paul Turnbull who was the real star, twice defeating the Academy big guns and returning 2-19 with rising talent Robbie Greenall.

David Lloyd hitch to second, after a big win at home to Copmanthorpe.  Adam Harvey super-subbed for Ben Orton, returning maximum points and 27 games with Jan Dyl.  The welcome return of captain James Denmark and target man Steve Spaven, clearly helped Rowntree Park to the points.  A final round 10-2 from the pair ensured them the bonus, by just 55-53 against York, whilst a punchy 3-27 fought them back for a draw at a full-strength Wigginton.

Seeing off the big hitters, Starbeck’s Simon Dickinson and Ryan Carrick were more than Racquets could handle. In a keen division two Harrogate derby, ‘Beck won the rubbers, but leaders Racquets claimed the bonus, thanks to Ryan Lonsdale and Jim Haddleton’s gutsy 23.  Fulford kick on to second, taking nearly 20 points in two matches, to split the two Harrogate teams.  Zac Sheppard and Josh Beavers meshed well, netting 3-24 against Appleton Roebuck whilst Govind Baker and Aaron Tate shone with 3-29 in a whitewash of David Lloyd 2.   

Sherburn’s expectations were sky high, after battering division three’s winless Knaresborough, but with their captain gone walkabout for the big leadership clash, it was David Corbyn and Roger Fawcus with a triumphant 3-24, heading a landslide for Wetherby against their title rivals instead.  Close again, but Wigginton 2 had the edge in each round of the division three mirror match at Rowntree Park 2.  Nick O’Keeffe and Trevor Watson went toe-to-toe with Park’s Paul Adams and Kevin Davison, with both pairs ending the match on an unbeaten 2½ points.

Starbeck claimed the day in Harrogate after their thirds toppled neighbours and division four leaders, Racquets 2.  ‘Beck boasted 2 unbeatable pairs and just a single rubber lost, with returning star Rowan Brookes and Andrew Carrick batting 3-22.  Their derby delight was dented by their other local rivals, Academy 2 taking over at the top.  Alan Cunningham and Academy captain Nick Boid toughed out an unbeaten 2½-21 for a Starbeck-thwarting, 8½ point win at Rufforth.  A top effort by Rob Abbot and Mark Dadvar with 3-32 for Copmanthorpe 2 in their home derby against Appleton Roebuck 2.

Averaging over ten points a match, division five leaders Wilberfoss keep up their 100% winning record with a whitewash of York 3.  Alex Gurnell led from the front for 3-28 partnering Dan Jacques. At halfway, Bishopthorpe have finally notched their first win.  “Mea culpa” fessed up Heworth captain David Hicks, after a surprising nul points pancake with partner Scott Marmion at home to the division five strugglers.  Ollie Hicks made up for dad, with a top-gunning 3-33 with Stephen Jones for Heworth at Boston Spa 2 on Father’s day.  

Harrogate Spa stay top of division six with a tougher than expected match at Bubwith 2.  Mark Upton and Martin Yates’ 25 games proved crucial in a 59-49 steal.  Another good win for gear-finding York 4, closing the gap on Selby.  York’s Dave Duffy and Chris Hughes saw off the division six contenders with an unbeatable 2½-25. 

Double whammy for David Lloyd 3, flipped off the top of division seven by new leaders Fulford 2, despite a captain’s innings of 2½-21 from Martyn Turnbull with Paul Gowland, quickly followed by a pummelling at Pocklington, who steam past them into second. Jim Holding and Richard Hart with 3-26 for Pock.  Lloyd 3 fall within range of Wigginton 4, with a match in hand, who all but whitewashed Heworth 2. Wiggy’s Les Almond and Rob Hodge enthroned with 31 games.

Wheldrake had another pop at last week’s division eight opponents Wilberfoss 2, this time at home, but with one player missing, it was a similar outcome.

Matches (reported) to 11/6/2017

Harrogate’s Academy rose sharply ten points after an aggressive take-over at the top of the Tyke Petroleum men’s tennis league. Academy bulls Mark Roberts and Adam Rider rallied at under-collateralised new-boys Copmanthorpe, for a decent 3-24 return. David Lloyd provided the leverage, surprising observers with a narrow margin at normally unfavourable Poppleton. Although Rohlfing & Turnbull did brisk business, returning 3-25 in morning trading for Pop, Lloyds’ names recovered to an overall 57-51 in gains, for a seven-point return on their investment.

It’s the first time that Poppleton have been knocked back in exchanges in the top index this year. Poppleton 2 hedged their first team’s losses, returning seven points from a tight tussle with David Lloyd seconds in division two.  The contest ended all square in games, with Pop 2 captain Dave Jones and Matt Everatt the only pair in the black, unbeatably with 2-19. 

Copmanthorpe earlier enjoyed their first success in division one this year. They survived a storming comeback led by Dunnington captain Paul Birch and tennis protégé Jack Batchelor.  Dave Atkinson and Jack Wood inspired for Cop, with 3-22.  

Division two leaders, Racquets weren’t fazed by their first match on grass, losing just a single rubber at Sutton-on-Derwent, to stay a trim 9 points clear. Clean knees for Jon Smail and Malcolm Titchmarsh, with an upstanding 2½-22.  Starbeck stay close with two solid pairs returning maximum points at Bubwith.  Ryan Carrick and Simon Dickinson were untouchable for ‘Beck with 3-31.

Honours almost even, as neighbours Boston Spa and Wetherby criss-crossed the A1 to tangle in two divisions.   With a ten-pointer, Boston Spa firsts saw off visiting Wetherby, to leave both clubs even-stevens at the top of division three.  Spa’s Matt Lewis and Dave Aspland with 3-23, were key to Wetherby 1’s first defeat of the season.  Paul Adams put in a rare appearance ending unbeaten with Ed Martin on 2½-20 for Rowntree Park 2 at York 2, who nevertheless recover to third after a team effort took the balance of the points.  A 10-2 final rubber from Gary Saunders and newbie Charlie Grasby, pinched a narrow win for Starbeck 2 in a gusty, but close contest at home to Wigginton 2.  

Seasoned duo Alan Partington and Graeme Butcher drew a blank down in division four, as Academy 2 routed a choice Copmanthorpe 2 team to complete a club double. All three Academy pairs made hay, to dramatically close the gap on their leading local rivals.  Racquets 2 narrowly stay ahead, after Sutton-on-Derwent 2 conceded. Jon Alexander and Dom Wright with 3-27 for Wigginton 3 against Starbeck 3, avenged their second team’s defeat in division three. Appleton Roebuck 2 quietly notched their second win from just three matches, with a good return against Rufforth.  

Wetherby 2 turned the tables by beating Boston Spa 2 in division five, mirroring their club’s defeat up in three.  Youngster Ollie Boyes-Park teamed well with Marc Bickers to return 3-24 for the Castlegarthers, with Spa seemingly spooked to be on the far side of the A1.

Second wins for struggling Heworth 2 and David Lloyd 4.  A gutsy team effort as Heworth 2 scraped home with a 22-14 final round at former division seven leaders, Pocklington. Youngsters Ben MacAulay and Jack Hoare couldn’t be beat, returning 2½-24 against Sheriff Hutton, in desperate need of a good third pair.  Division eight toppers Strensall continue their 100% record, with a comfortable defeat of chasers Poppleton 3.  Dan Simmonite made his 2017 debut to score a perfectly economical 3-21 with James Whitwell. All three Wilberfoss 2 pairs proved unbeatable, conceding 1½ points through three drawn rubbers at home to a pugnacious Wheldrake.

the Press - 13/6/2017 

Matches (reported) to 4/6/2017

With just a third of the season played, you wouldn’t bet against Poppleton, as they hit the top with a crushing win at Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis league leaders, Rowntree Park.  With their captain away, two second string call-ups and one no-show, Park seemed reluctant to leave their corner at the bell, and took the battering they had coming.  The result puts Pop clear at the top and with a match in hand.  Academy make chase with a full on caning of Wigginton.  Mark Coombes and Mat Parry were class with 3-25.  Lop-sided team, David Lloyd scored a last gasp win at York.  Despite Jan Dyl and Ben Orton again bagging Lloyd half-a-match, it was debutant James Harrison who won the tie for them, partnering Dave Thompson to a crucial 9-3 final rubber, after York stalwart Paul Blackett pulled up injured. 

Racquets enjoyed a cosseted morning as guests of David Lloyd 2.  Always comfy on carpet the division two leader’s Jim Haddleton and Ryan Lonsdale beat as they swept as they cleaned up with 3-27.  Chasers Fulford’s hopes of the division two crown were broken on Starbeck hill, their defeat tumbling them from second, after unbeatable ‘Beck supremos Ryan Carrick and Simon Dickinson hit them for 3-30. Poppleton 2 are boosted from danger by a whitewash of Sutton-on-Derwent, contending this seaon for division three. Paul Turnbull and Robbie Greenall breezed to 3-31.

Boston Spa nab top spot in division three after seeing off all but Paul Adams and Ed Martin (with 3-27) from winless Rowntree Park 2. Despite no match, Racquets 2 stay top of four thanks to neighbours Starbeck 3’s comprehensive away defeat of chasing Copmanthorpe 2.  Division six champs Academy 2 completed their club’s double after a twin-pronged assault at Wigginton 3. Chris James and Alan Cunningham claimed a maximum three points from 28 games won.

‘Can we play you every week’ wondered Wilberfoss, who snaffled up 197 of the 216 games played against Bishopthorpe across two matches. Wilberfoss 1st team head up division five after a 95-13 rout of hosts Bishopthorpe 1. Alex Gurnell and Dan Jacques are one of three  top-guns returning 3-35.   Wilberfoss 2 loiter in third place down in division eight despite a home trouncing of Bishopthorpe 2 by 102-6.  Both John Huffington & Adrian Shakeshaft and John Latham & Iain Webster joined their first team clubmates on 3-35.  It’s the first time the men’s league’s had three joint top-scorers on the same morning from the same club.  Watch out for Wilberfoss!  Alne & Tollerton elevated themselves into contention with a battering of Boston Spa 2.  Steve Broughton and Callum Gration settled for a modest 3-30.

Cawood crept closer to the top of six, beating Bubwith 2 with Chris Abbott and Terry Savage excelling with 3-28.  They were helped by the other four teams tussling themselves to hard-fought draws. David Lloyd 3 unsurprisingly stay top of division seven with a comprehensive ‘away’ win at David Lloyd 4.  Phil Rigby and Richard Doughty showed the youngters the breadth of their experience with 3-29.  Fulford 2 got themselves back into gear with a full strength defeat of Heworth 2.  Alex Herriott with Paul Ruff returning 3-33, narrowly pipped brother Pat, partnering Pip Cook.  3-30 from David Hull and Andy Frank narrowly edged Sheriff Hutton their match away to Wigginton 4.  

Strensall had the beating of hosts Wheldrake to stay top of division eight, averaging a staggering eleven points per match.  James Whitwell and Mark Howarth hit 3-30.

(Note: Tuesday's Press printed last week's tables - for some reason.   Apologies, but they were sent the latest tables & results)

Matches to 28/5/2017

Ben Orton and Jan Dyl defeated Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis league leaders Rowntree Park almost single-handedly.  With 3-27, the pair returned nearly all their team's points and half their games to earn David Lloyd literally the narrowest of wins.   Champions Poppleton move to within a point of top spot, after savaging York, who could muster only two regular first teamers. James Silson netted 3-31 with Pop captain Nick Turnbull.  Dunces Dunnington hit rock bottom with a six-point penalty for truanting from The Academy.  A rare conjunction of siblings at Wigginton. Despite a fractured knee, Ben Walker top-scored with brother James, acing 3-28, in a near whitewash of promoted Copmanthorpe.

Racquets return to the top of division two. With their captain absent, Ryan Lonsdale stepped up to provide an unbeaten partnership of 2½-23 with Jordan East at home to Poppleton 2.  Not just the grass was mown, as David Lloyd 2 took a haircut at Sutton-on-Derwent playing their first match of the new season on their home grass courts. Damian Galloway and Adam Smith needed no sharpening with 2½-22 in a trim 9-3 win for the grassroots club.  Bubwith battled out a draw at home to Fulford.  Oli Lewis and Govind Baker were the only unvanquished pair, returning 2½-22 for Fulford, who held on for equal shares.

Hundred-percenters Wetherby stay ahead in division three, losing just one rubber at Rowntree Park 2, to tough out a 9-point win. Sherburn menace from fourth with a huge win  at home to Wigginton 2, and a match in hand.  Tristan Gretton and Kevin Holdstock were one of two Sherburn pairs returning maximum points and 27 games.  Andy Cousins and Alex Kragiopolous narrowly nobbled neighbours Starbeck 2, with 3-27 in a wafer-thin points win for Knaresborough.  Boston Spa banked the first half of a double for their club, beating York 2 at Clifton Park.  Matt Lewis and Paul Kaye did the damage with 2½-23. Andy Withers and Kevin Fairclough notched 3-31 as Wigginton 2 gave Knaresborough a bank holiday battering to go second.

Rufforth roused just two pairs to host division four leaders Racquets 2, so Copmanthorpe 2 fall behind despite closing out Wigginton 2 for 9½ points. Dave Mansfield & Nick Boid with 2½-21 were the only unbeaten pair as Academy 2 edged their derby at Starbeck 3 just on points. Dave Luscombe and John Giles starred with 3-26 as Appleton Roebuck 2 claimed a first win against strugglers Sutton-on-Derwent 2.

Unable to beat Heworth number ones Nick Latcham and Stephen Jones, division five leaders Wilberfoss’ huge 72-game haul netted them just 8½ points.  Jordan Gregory and Richard Whaley with 3-28 sealed the double win for Boston Spa 2 at home to York 3. James Field and Alan Wilkinson’s 3-28 mitre shepherded a first win for Bishopthorpe, but a mass effort from Riccall crooked them the points, bunting them up to second.

Newbies Harrogate Spa stay top of six, after winning their first York league derby at the death, despite Harlow’s Chris Milnes and Chris Reynolds battering them for 3-27.  After a 26-10 first round, Cawood survived a storming comeback from Selby to see off their southern rivals by 57-51.  When the cap’s away, the team will play, as leaderless York 4 claimed a first win thanks to 3-26 from form-finders Dave Duffy and Bob Shread.  

Heworth 2 notched their first success, at home to a full Sheriff Hutton contingent, who nevertheless garnered fewer points than in their last match with just two pairs.  Pocklington stay a nose in front at the top of division seven after Holding and Bloom jimmied the points from youngsters David Lloyd 4 with an unbeaten 2½-25.  A last gasp 8-4 rubber from Tony Howat and Rob Hodge pinched an unlikely win for Wigginton 4 at promotion favourites Fulford 2.  

Division eight leaders Poppleton 3 inflicted a third doughnut in a row on hapless Bishop­thorpe 2, for whom the inter-divisional matches can’t come quickly enough. James Whitwell and Mark Howarth top-scored this week with 3-32, as Strensall strode clear of third-placed Wilberfoss 2.  Steve Duckenfield and Dave Mattocks enjoyed their jolly to Wheldrake, returning with 3-28 for Knaresborough 2, who advance one place.

Matches to 14/5/2017

David Lloyd were sensationally swept from the top of the Tyke Petroleum men’s tennis league.  Harrogate teams fare well on carpet, and Academy eagerly showed a clean pair of heels, proving superior from wall-to-wall, indoors at Lloyd.  Losing just a single rubber all match, and that by only 5-7, Academy boasted two unbeatable pairs, with Richard Bancroft and former Starbeck player, Tom Collyer the pick with 2½-25.  2014 champs Rowntree Park now snatch top spot after an expectedly tough contest at Dunnington.  Returning Angus Bradshaw was splint to injured Ben Walker as Wigginton whomped captainless York at Clifton Park.

Harrogate Racquets’ Jon Smail and Malcolm Titchmarsh, with 3-26. blunted hosts Bubwith, but rivals, and Titchmarsh's former club, Starbeck stay clear at the top of division two.  Doug Barker and Chris Noddings racked up 3-29 at home to Sutton-on-Derwent, who, early season, are growers, not showers.  Poppleton 2 won the rubbers, their visitors the games, as a tough tussle was edged by Fulford.

Roger Fawcuss and David Woon with 3-29 helped promoted Wetherby stay top of division three, with a big win in their derby against Knaresborough.  Matt Waudby and Trevor Watson’s final round 10-2 pinched the points for Wigginton 2 in a see-saw struggle at home to York 2, to complete their club's double that morning, over the Clifton Parkers.

Racquets 2 topple Wigginton 3 in division four, after the visitors left themselves too much to do, despite a 21-15 final round surge. Racquets’ Adrian Walker and Andy Chapman bagged an economical 2½ points from just 21 games won.  Staying the pace as well, Copmanthorpe 2 take the leader's shoulder with 9½ points at Rufforth.  Mark Blackburn and Dave Dearing hit the tape with 3 from 22. 

With almost the maximum return from three matches played, Wilberfoss are the league’s invincibles this season so far.  Taking 10½ points off hosts Alne & Tollerton without losing a single rubber, they’ve opened a huge lead at the top of division five.  

Newbies Harrogate Spa made it four wins from four with a comprehensive win at Selby.  Craig Chew and Martin Yates, hungry for success, chomped a 3-25 lump out of the former division six leaders.  Marking a great week for Harrogate clubs, Harlow’s Chris Reynolds and Mark Hooper were the day’s joint top scorers with 3-32 at home to Bubwith 2. 

Fulford 2’s Pat Herriott and Graham Cook aced 3-29 to end Pocklington’s unbeaten run at the top of division seven.   David Lloyd 3 hit the summit after a demolition derby at home to Heworth 2.  With 3-28, Lloyd’s Paul Gowland and Al Heath proved juggernauts at this level. 

Barney Baker and Phil Sinton joint top-scored with 3-32 for division eight leaders Poppleton 3 in a comfortable win at Wilberfoss 2. Chasers Strensall lost just one rubber at Knaresborough 2.  Wheldrake won all four of the contested rubbers as both they and visitors Bishopthorpe 2 each fielded 2 pairs.  A diminished return of seven points to nil was the unusual result. 

the Press - 24/5/2017

Matches to 7/5/2017

David Lloyd sit atop the Tyke Petroleum men’s Tennis league, after another 11-point master class in division one.   Ben Orton and Jan Dyl topped with 3-33 for Lloyd, in a home romp against a Wigginton side missing key players.  Aces Nick Turnbull and Nikki Rohlfing matched 3-33, as champions Poppleton opened their title defence with a big win against auld enemy, Dunnington.  Rowntree Park expected a tougher match at home to promoted Copmanthorpe.  Captain James Denmark and Steve Spaven were a sledgehammer to a walnut, returning 3-31 for Park, but at the expense of their third pair.  Academy also took the twin-pronged approach, spearing all but their third pair’s points in a 55-53 last gasp win at home to York.

Fulford summer-signing Leo Knighton and Adam Magson playing at no.1, returned 3-25, edging a 55-53 home win, to end Racquets’ reign at the top of division two.  Neighbours Starbeck now snatch top spot, after two unbeaten pairs saw off hosts Poppleton 2, who are clearly missing ...Leo Knighton. Bubwith scrapped five tough rubber points off of promoted David Lloyd 2.  They lost overall to their host’s third pair, Marc Jones and Matt Kneafsley’s bonus-blagging 20 games.  Promotees Appleton Roebuck suffered a third reverse in their division two campaign as visiting Sutton’s Matt Ward and George Hobson pinched a cheeky 2½-21.

A keenly contested top two face-off in division three as promotees Wetherby aced 22-14 in the final round to snatch the bonus from division two drop-outs, Wigginton 2.  David Corbyn and Nigel Williams polled 3-26 for the Castlegarthers.  Boston Spa enjoyed the visit of near neighbours Starbeck 2.  Matt Lewis and Paul Kaye led the charge for Spa with 3-26, against ‘Beck who’ve struggled at this level without promotion-winning talisman, Colin Lefley.  A prodigious start to 2017 by Sherburn, scalping a strong Rowntree Park 2 team, thanks mainly to captain Stephen Duree and new boy Chris Harper winning more than half their team’s total.  A more comfortable start for York 2, despite new captain Jamie Winspear absence on first team duties.  Former chieftain Richard Cranidge held the fort for York, partnering Neil Giltrap to 3-25 at home to relegatees Knaresborough.   

Bragging rights went to Racquets 2, toppling Academy 2 in the division four, Harrogate hoedown.  An imperious 3-28 from Racquets’ Adrian Walker and Will Marshall was enough to leapfrog them above their happytown rivals.  Division eight runners-up, Wigginton 3 now nab top spot, after a topsy-turvy home fixture against Appleton Roebuck 2.   A 10-2 from Andy Galloway and Dom Wright, ultimately swung the match bonus Wiggy’s way.  Copmanthorpe 2 were the morning’s big winners, with maximum points at home to rootless Sutton-on-Derwent 2.  Graeme Butcher and Lindsay McLeod helped themselves to 3-31.  Starbeck 3 scrambled in vain to recover a bad start at home to Rufforth, whose Charlie Dixon and Jack Benson proved unbeatable with 2½-22. 

Determined not to miss out this year, Wilberfoss nailed another big win in division five, this time against luckless Boston Spa 2. Dan Jacques and Tim Hunt returned a monster 3-27 for last year’s runners-up. Rampant division seven champs Riccall fell at the first, as father and son Wetherby 2 pair Mike Park and Ollie Boyes-Park dampened their determination with a maximum 3-27.  In stark contrast, division eight cup-winners Alne & Tollerton took apart Bishophthorpe for an auspicious start to their campaign at the higher level.  Steve Broughton and Charlie Price starred with 3-31.       

Division six leaders Selby were quick out the blocks, hitting hosts Bubwith 2 for a 26-10 first round from which they never looked back. Mark Hodge and Jason Clarke led the charge with 3-28.  

Sheriff Hutton amazingly salvaged a draw despite taking only two pairs to division seven leaders, Pocklington.  Josh Williams and Andy Frank nailed 3-27.  David Lloyd 3 walloped Wigginton 4 for a 12-pointer up at Strensall. Paul Gowland and Al Heath were the pick with 3-27. Making it a clean sweep for David Lloyd (all 4 of their men’s teams winning on the same morning), their fourth team claimed their first ever win in the men’s league, with a 55-53 nail-biter at Heworth 2.  Will Rowntree and Jack Hoare held the line with 2-22.  

Andy Smith and Matthew Stephenson were the day’s top scorers, dropping just one game as Strensall took 97 off Bishopthorpe 2 in division eight.  Poppleton 3’s Pete Moss and Ben Crick joined the over-thirties with 33 away to Wheldrake, who managed a single point from two drawn rubbers.

the Press - 18/5/2017

Matches to 30/4/2017

Dunnington scored a first win in division one of the Tyke Petroleum men’s tennis league, with a holiday weekend stick-up at Wigginton. Quicker on the draw, Dunn edged an early lead and battled toe-to-toe, for a 55-53 steal against the title hopefuls. Another tough Harrogate run for newly-promoted Appleton Roebuck in division two, as Starbeck’s Ryan Carrick and Simon Dickinson ran amok with 3-28.   

Captain Adam Raistrick spearheaded Cawood’s attack, scoring 3-26 with Tim Tillett in division six. Hosts Bubwith, however, had strength right down the card, with all three pairs scoring 18 games to edge the points in a hard-fought draw.  Selby continue to bloom with Daryl Young once again unbeatable, at Harlow this time, coming up roses with Aaron Clark. It’s Harrogate Spa who top the tree, though, squeezing 8½ points from a close contest at York 4. 

With 18 points from two matches, division seven’s Pocklington are the league’s early high-fliers.  James Eaglesfield and Nick Boyd picked out 2½ points from just 21 games won at hosts Heworth 2. It was clash of the Titans at Fulford 2, as both they and visiting David Lloyd 3 fielded holiday-bolstered sides.  Tom Craddock and Pip Cook came through for the homies 3-25, whilst Lloyd no.1s Marc Jones and Aaron McLaren could only manage a point-and-a-half in an unexpectedly tough fixture.  Will Rowntree and Jack Hoare were all-guns-blazing at Sheriff Hutton, shooting an unbeatable 2½-22 for the league’s youngsters, David Lloyd 4. 

Trevor Cook and Andrew Walton teamed for leaders Knaresborough 2, to give recently-relegated hosts Poppleton 3 a fright in division eight, although Pop had the strength in depth to claim an inaugural win.  Battlers Bishopthorpe 2 kept the travelling Wilberfoss to just 8½ points.  Alan Wilkinson and Tim Brown showed their mettle for Bish, prising 2 points from just 19 games won.

the Press - 9/5/2017

Matches to 23/4/2017

Each journey starts with a single step. Harrogate Spa, line-up alongside opponents Bubwith 2 for their inaugural 
York men's league match in division six.  
LtoR:  Jonathan Guiritan, Andy Clayton (Spa Capt) Tom Iles, Andy T Chapman, Jamie Sigsworth, Martin Yates.  
For Bubwith: Steve Pinion, Chris Cobley, Liam Moore, Andy Corfield (Bub Capt), Paul Murden and Alan Ram.

No dragons were harmed during a muted St. George’s day start to the Tyke Petroleum men’s tennis league.  Ten matches had been rearranged, including the champions Poppleton’s season opener at home to Wigginton.

Rowntree Park threw down a gauntlet though, edging a tooth-and-claw contest against the top team from Harrogate, the Academy.  Although Mat Parry and Adam Rider, rode roughshod over last year’s runners-up, with 3-28 for the Harrogatians, Park had strength in depth, with all three of their pairs in the points, for a 58-50 first blood.  

Division two champs Dunnington were run through on their return to the top flight, by visiting David Lloyd, for whom Ben Orton and the returning Jan Dyl top-scored with 3-28.  Copmanthorpe fared better, narrowly losing a tight tussle at the very last, away at York, for whom Pete Hall and Paul Whurr earned their spurs with 3-24.

Relegated Racquets were in no mood for messing in division two.  Mark Hinchcliffe and Ben Brown topped out with an impressive 3-30, sweeping aside newly-promoted Appleton Roebuck by 75-33.  A subdued start to the new campaign for Sutton-on-Derwent, submitting to a Fulford side they’d easily beaten in their narrowly-thwarted push for promotion last season.  A captain’s innings though, from Sutton’s Max Los and Nick Ridley with 2½-21.

A cup clash in division three, as last year’s division five champs Wetherby kicked off their campaign with an away drubbing of the division four trophy winners, Starbeck 2.  Returning young talent, David Woon teamed with Wetherby’s David Corbyn for a maximum 3 points and 29 games. With their opponent’s first team opener postponed, unlucky Boston Spa found it tough going away to a bolstered Wigginton 2.

Promoted Wigginton 3 enjoyed the benefits of the next level up with an 80-28 opening day romp at Rufforth.  Stu Langley and Scott Farquhar were the morning’s top guns with 3-33.  Sutton-on-Derwent 2 took only 2 pairs to play Academy 2.  Racquets 2 returned from Copmanthorpe 2 with 9½ points in a match they narrowly lost last year.  John Topping and Jamie Pert with a near perfect return of 3-30.

Harrogate Spa snatched a thrilling see-saw match at the very last at home to Bubwith 2 in their York men’s league debut in division six.  A final 11-1 rubber from Jonathan Guiritan and Adam Yates, snatched the points for the newbies.  A welcome return for prodigal son Daryl Young, scoring 3-31 with Mark Hodge for Selby, as they scalped York 4 in their division six opener.  It was simply a match too far, as Harrogate’s Harlow took only 2 pairs to Cawood.

An Easter egg for Pocklington, beating a freshly levelled-up Wigginton 4, in a season-opener, which contrasted the drubbing at the hands of the same opponents in their last match of 2016.  James Eaglesfield and Richard Hart had the pluck and courage to stay unbeaten for Pock with 2-20.  Only perennial-battler, Alan Wreglesworth offered any resistance for Wiggy, returning an unbeaten 2½-22 with Adam Houghton.  

Tim Mandle enjoyed an unbeaten partnership with new star Gary Cashmore, returning 2½-24 for Bishopthorpe 2 in division eight, although visitors Knaresborough 2 easily saw off the tail-enders to wrap up a 9-point away win opener.

the Press - 2/5/2017

2017 Season preview

Going for the TRIPLE crown, double men's league champs, POPPLETON
(LtoR): Nick Turnbull (capt), Pat Evans, Dom Shread, Jack Hannah, Nikki Rohlfing and Liam Earnshaw

A St George’s day start for the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis league this year. Poppleton under captain Nick Turnbull, will be out to skewer a third championship in a row. Pop narrowly pipped Wigginton to the title in 2015, and romped convincingly to the cup again last year.

Hoping to at least singe those ambitions are old rivals Dunnington, the only other club to complete a triplet of men’s league championships, back in 2004. Dunnington are returning to the top flight this season as division two champions, and entertain 2013 champions David Lloyd in their first match back.

New club Harrogate Spa will play in the Tyke Petroleum men’s league for the first time, starting their campaign down in division six. They’ve brand new premises in Claro Park, and under captain Andy Clayton, hope to emulate the success of other Harrogate teams, who’ve advanced rapidly in recent years. First to sample the new facilities will be Bubwith 2, stalwarts of division six after an unusually modest season for them last year.

59 teams in total will start the 2017 campaign, in eight divisions. With fewer than the ideal of eight teams each, divisions six, seven and eight will again play inter-divisional fixtures to make up their season to the full complement of 14 matches per team. Opponents for these extra ties will be identified once (approximately) half the scheduled fixtures have been played.  Although popular last year, this is the final time inter-divisional fixtures will be played, as the men’s league will revert next season to the old ladder system under a new regimen.

the Press - 21/4/2017

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