Sadly, the League has lost four teams from last season and as a result has reverted back to two divisions.  In Div.1 two newly promoted teams were thrown in at the deep end and soon found themselves struggling. Current champions Hutton A took on  Ryedale E's Alan Kirkwood, Mick Carter and Jean Wardman who found Paul Young, Tom Needham and Joel Wright showing no signs of sympathy when running out comfortable winners 10-nil. Coneysthorpe's Tim Smith, Russ Barton and Jo Suchecki were in similar mood when visiting Ryedale D and although not having it all their own way they also won 10-0. The Rye's Harry Gascoyne found the going tough but Andy Paton and John Gascoyne pushed their opponents all the way and will take the positives into the next match. Pat Swindell took the first game for Swinton but Ryedale B fought back to lead 5-2 through Ed Wardman, Trevor Teasdale and Alec Hodgson but then lost their way as man of the match Swindell and Dave Chugg knuckled down to win the next three games including the doubles to snatch a draw. Ryedale C got their season under way with a fine 8-2 win over promoted Hutton B. Star man Andy Paton was unbeaten with teammates Titch Temple and Barry Todd chipping in with a brace each. Ollie Braithwaite won two for Hutton with Chris Parker and Mircea Voicu unlucky to finish empty handed. John Flintoft took a brace and Stephen Temple and Mike Fenby a single each but losing the doubles proved costly as they went down 4-6 to Whitby's star man Dave Williams (3), Bob Evans (1) and Barbara Kearney (1) 

In Div 2. disaster struck Westow's Colin Payne as he defended an attack in the final doubles game. Falling over he cracked his head and broke his arm, which summed up their night as they lost 9-1 to Amotherby B who had Josh Blakeston and Malcolm Sims unbeaten with Andy Holmes losing out to John Clayton. The league wish Colin a speedy recovery. Last season’s Div 3 winners Helmsley, looking for back to back promotions, started their campaign with an emphatic 9-1 win over Amotherby C's Ian Dawson, Alan Mitchell and Ruth Wilson who had an uphill struggle to compete against a formidable threesome of Ruth Purseglove, Nick Bowes and Phil Trevelyan. Newcomers Whitby B had a very comfortable introduction to the league with both Nick Campbell and Stuart Hurworth undefeated and with a brace to Ken Benford  they secured a 9-1 win over Ryedale G's John Stott and Harry Gascoyne who both took games off their opponents but it was John Ellis who got their consolation point. Amotherby A entertained Hutton C finishing the match 9-1 with both Richard Brown and Malcolm Sims undefeated and a pair to Nick Knight who lost out in four to Eddie Prest. Barbara Johnson and Mathew Bedford battled all the way to no avail against an experienced trio of players.

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In Div.1 man of the match Ed Wardman led the way for Ryedale B with an unblemished performance. Backed up with a brace from Alec Hodgson and a Trevor Teasdale solo effort they wrapped up a 7-3 win over stablemates Ryedale D for whom John Gascoyne scored a brace with a single to Barry Todd, leaving the D's rueing their loss of three 5 setters. Mike Wheatley was in sizzling form for Ryedale A and with Stephen Temple also unbeaten they were always in control against Swinton duly winning 7-3. Battling Paul Cuthbertson and Pat Swindell both overcame John Flintoft before teaming up to take the doubles. Hutton A called up the ever improving Ollie Braithwaite who responded by beating Any Paton and with Paul Young and Tom Needham winning all their games they beat Ryedale C 8-2 with Titch Temple and Jan Bryan getting a single each. It could be a long old season for Ryedale E's Alan Kirkwood, Mick Carter and Ian Hutchison who suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of Coneysthorpe. Sadly their gritty, back to the wall determination was not enough to stop Tim Smith, Jo Suchecki and Dave Quinlan attaining a 10 -0 victory.

In Div.2 Helmsley took a hit going down 6-4 to Amotherby B with Josh Blakeston (2), Russ Grimshaw (2) and Andy Holmes (1) in imposing form. Star man Toby Crusher remained undefeated for Helmsley with Nick Bowes taking a single but Chet Butler’s lack of playing time left him empty handed. A resolute team display by Ryedale G saw them triumph over Amotherby D. A brace apiece to John Stott and Harry Gascoyne plus a Rob Wilkinson single saw them overcome Ellie Smith, Andy Studdart and Linda Clarke whose own unbeaten performance wasn't enough as they succumbed 6-4. Amotherby A's formidable threesome saw Ken Darby unbeaten and with a brace each to Malcom Sims and Nick Knight they romped home 8-2 over Westow who were thankful for a Sara Winn-Darley double as Roger Dunning and Sarah Magson both missed out. Whitby B's Nick Campbell, Stuart Hurworth and Ken Benford dominated their match against Amotherby D finishing 9-1 victors,  Linda Clarke picking up the solitary point to avoid a whitewash. Malcom Sims took the man of  the match award for Amotherby C winning all his games and ably supported with a brace each from Ian Dawson and Janet Bailey they attained an 8-2 win over an out of sorts Ryedale F for whom Pete Whitfield and Rob Williams were indebted to Gavin Buckley for his double.

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After three matches Coneysthorpe are setting the early pace at the top of Div.1, having yet to drop a set, they have a healthy lead of 11 points. Jo Suchecki, Tim Smith and Dave Quinlan were once again all conquering as they out performed Ryedale C's Titch Temple, Jan Bryan and Barry Todd to win 10 nil. Behind the leaders are current champions Helmsley A. Ollie Braithwaite deputising for Tom Needham put in a flawless display to support Paul Young and Joel Wright against their B team thus inflicting a 10-0 whitewash over Eddie Prest, Chris Parker and Mircea Voicu. Ryedale A had little trouble in overcoming Ryedale E. Their 9-1 win saw both John Flintoft and Stephen Temple unbeaten with a brace to Mike Fenby who lost out to Dave Burnham. Swinton came away from Whitby with a deserving win thanks to a star performance from Paul Cuthbertson, unbeaten on the night, and with a brace to Pat Swindell they paired up to take the vital doubles. Barbara Kearney (2) and singles each to John Hanson and Vic Wilson ensuring it was a closely competitive encounter. Ryedale's  Jean Wardman got her first win of the season, overcoming Ryedale B's Alex Hodgson (2) but that was scant consolation as her other opponents Peter Lee and Ed Wardman remained unbeaten against her team mates Mick Carter and Alan Kirkwood, taking the match 9-1.

 In Div.2 Helmsley had a good old ding dong battle with Amotherby A  but eventually lost out 6-4. Man of the match Toby Crusher was in dominating form taking all his matches but a single to Nick Bowes wasn't enough as Ken Darby and Josh Blakeston secured a brace each and with a Nick Knight solo effort they took the match on the doubles getting just reward for a team performance.  The Amotherby B team faired one better comfortably overcoming Ryedale F 8-2. Russ Grimshaw impressed with a flawless display and with a pair each to Josh Blakeston and Malcom Sims they vanquished Gavin Buckley, Peter Whitfield and Rob Williams whose hard earned brace secured them a couple of points. Westow's threesome of John Clayton, Sara Winn-Darley and Roger Dunning got their first win as they triumphed over Hutton C 10 nil. With all their games being closely contested Barbara Johnson, Angela Parker and Matthew Bedford just falling short from getting a point.

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In Div.1 playmaker John Hanson's unbeaten man of the match display for Whitby and Vic Wilson's single against Ryedale D wasn't enough to see their team win as Stuart Brown was unfortunate to lose all his matches. Ryedale got over the line thanks to a brace from both Andrew Malley and Andy Paton, a single to Barry Rudd plus the vital doubles to win 6-4. Ryedale B and C shared the spoils in a nip and tuck encounter. The C teams Titch Temple (2), Jan Bryan (2) and Paul Morse (1) lead the way but the B team fought back thanks to a pair from Trevor Teasdale and with singles to Ed Wardman and Alex Hodgson they took the doubles to end the night all square. Coneysthorpe dropped their first point of the campaign against Hutton B. Ollie Braithwaite had the honour of beating Tim Smith (2) but star men Dave Quinlan and Russ Barton both unbeaten, thwarted any further resistance from Braithwaite,  Mircea Voicu and Chris Parker to pick up a 9-1 win. Ryedale A moved up the table with an emphatic demolition of Ryedale D. Mike Fenby, Mike Wheatley and John Flintoft all triumphed over Andrew Malley, John Gascoyne and Barry Rudd to secure a 10 nil win.

In Div.2 Amotherby A maintained their early season form running out 7-3 winners over Ryedale F, thus holding on to top spot by 4 points. Richard Brown took the honours romping to three wins supported by a Ken Darby brace and a Nick Knight single.  The Rye's salvaged some pride with a Gavin Buckley double and a single to Andrew Dent with Rob Williams finishing empty handed.  Amotherby B in 2nd spot consolidated their position with a dominating display against Ryedale G. Nine-One the final score with both Andy Holmes and Russ Grimshaw unscathed and a brace to Malcolm Sims, the Rye's Alan Kimber getting the solitary win. Whitby B dominated proceedings when taking on Amotherby C. Nick Cambell, Stuart Hurworth and Ken Benford wrapped up another 9-1 win over Alan Mitchell, Ruth Wilson and Ian Dawson, who grabbed the consolation point. Helmsley got back to winning ways when entertaining neighbours Hutton C. A 10-0 drubbing saw Toby Crusher, Phil Trevelyan and Nick Bowes all- conquering against Barbara Johnson, Angela Parker and Matthew Bedford. Ryedale F secured their 2nd victory with an 8-2 win at Amotherby D. Robert Williams lead the way with an undefeated man of the match display with colleagues Andrew Dent and Gavin Buckley rewarded with a brace apiece. Linda Clarke got the double for Amotherby with Andy Studdart but Ellie Smith missed out. 

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In Div.1 Hutton A visited leaders Coneysthorpe and closed the gap at the top with a battling 7-3 win. Coneysthorpe's Joe Suchecki, Tim Smith and Dave Quinlan all emerged victors over Jim Bailey but found Tom Needham and Paul Young too hot to handle as both players out performed their opponents to emerge unbeaten on the night. Ryedale A climbed the table with a resounding 10 nil win over their 'C' team players Titch Temple, Barry Rudd and Barry Todd. Talisman Stephen Temple took the night’s honours leading the way along with Mike Wheatley and John Flintoft. Ryedale B's Peter Lee, Alec Hodgson and Trevor Teasdale were all in dynamic form as they romped to a 9-1 win over Hutton B's Mircea Voicu, Chris Parker and Ollie Braithwaite who just avoided the whitewash when beating Hodgson 11-4 in the 5th.  Ryedale E's winless run continued when they travelled to Whitby. The home side’s good form continued as John Hanson and Vic Wilson both emerged unscathed and with Stuart Brown taking a brace they ran out comfortable winners 9-1,  Dave Burnham getting the consolation point for the Rye's. Ryedale D's Andrew Malley and Andy Paton both won a game each at Swinton but were then thwarted by in form Paul Cuthbertson’s unbeaten display and with teammates Pat Swindell and Dave Chugg taking two each they prevailed 8-2.

 In Div. 2 Whitby B and Amotherby B who were both unbeaten clashed on the coast and at the end of the night they were both still unbeaten. Amotherby had the upper hand going into the doubles thanks to an unblemished performance from star man Josh Blakeston coupled with a single each to Andy Holmes and Malcolm Sims. Nick Campbell and Stuart Hurworth with a brace each for Whitby paired up to contest the doubles and saved the match with an excellent win. Amotherby A go from strength to strength putting in a very strong display to dispatch Ryedale G 10-0, Harry Gascoyne, John Stott and John Ellis succumbing to Ian Dawson, Richard Brown and Ken Darby. Ryedale F sit comfortably in mid table after inflicting a 9-1 defeat on Hutton C's Barbara Johnson, Angela Parker and Matthew Bedford. Man of the match Rob Williams (3) backed up by Peter Whitfield (3) and Gavin Buckley (2) were all in impressive form.

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In Div.1 Hutton A, Ryedale A and Whitby A were all conquering this week, dismissing their opponents in resounding fashion. Hutton entertained Ed Wardman, Trevor Teasdale and Alec Hodgson from Ryedale B and wrapped up 10 nil victory thanks to Joel Wright, Paul Young and man of the match Tom Needham. Ryedale A 's John Flintoft, Mike Wheatley and Mike Fenby were in similar mood as they whitewashed Hutton B. Chris Parker, Mircea Voicu and Ollie Braithwaite were resolute in defence but succumbed in the end to superior quality. Whitby travelled to Ryedale C with their 'A' team of Dave Williams, Barbara Kearney and Dave Hildreth and their good run of form continued with all three taking maximum points from Jan Bryan, Andy Paton and Barry Todd who were just out performed on the night. Ryedale E who have struggled to get points this season took five off rivals Swinton.  For the Rye's Dave Burnham and Mick Carter both overcame Ray Mitchell and Dave Chugg. Swinton's saviour Paul Cuthbertson remained undefeated with Mitchell and Chugg beating Jean Wardman, who teamed up with Alan Kirkwood to secure the doubles and a creditable draw.

In Div.2 Whitby B leapfrogged their opponents Amotherby A into 2nd spot with a fine 7-3 win thanks to a treble from star man Nick Campbell, plus a Stuart Hurworth brace and a solo effort from Ken Benford. Amotherby replied with a double from Ken Darby and a single to Richard Brown who rued his lack of luck. Amotherby B took little time in overcoming their D team of Janet Bailey, Linda Clarke and Richard Brown. Andy Holmes took the honours with a brace each to Malcolm Sims and Josh Blakeston, securing the doubles to win 8-2. A vital doubles win for Westow saw them sneak over the line and win 6-4 when playing Ryedale F's Rob Williams (2), Andrew Dent |(1) and Pete Whitfield (1).  John Clayton impressed to remain undefeated supported by doubles partner Sara Winn-Darley's brace.  Ryedale G lost the final doubles to Hutton C but a strong team performance from undefeated man of the match Alan Kimber, Ian Hutchinson and Rob Wilkinson saw them edge over the line 6-4 against Barbara Johnson, Angela Parker and Matthew Bedford.  A tense encounter saw Ryedale G snatch a draw by winning the final game to thwart Amotherby C who had the upper hand after a trio of wins to Ian Dawson and a pair to Alan Mitchell but a John Ellis brace plus wins for Harry Gascoyne and Joan Swindell saw the fight back accomplished.

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 In Div.1 Ryedale D got their second win of the campaign beating Ryedale E 6-4. For the E's Dave Burnham was the star man with three wins plus a single to Jean Wardman but the D team struck back with a brace each from John Gascoyne and Andy Paton plus a solo effort to Barry Rudd before wrapping up the vital doubles. Titch Temple won two games for Ryedale C but after that it was all Swinton as they secured a vital win 8-2. Pat Swindell remained undefeated backed up by Paul Cuthbertson and Dave Chugg who both recorded doubles against Barry Todd and Jan Bryan. Whitby continue to climb the table with another convincing win at home to Hutton B. Barbara Kearney was the pick of the bunch with a trio of wins and with Vic Wilson and Stuart Brown both overcoming Eddie Prest and Chris Parker they ran out 8-2 victors,  Ollie Braithwaite for Hutton edging out Wilson and Brown. A tense encounter was guaranteed between Stephen Temple, Mike Fenby and Mike Wheatley for Ryedale A and Hutton A's Paul Young, Joel Wright and Jim Bailey, but two cold blooded displays from Young and Wright saw them achieve a convincing 7-3 win with Bailey succumbing to the Ryedale trio.  

In Div.2 Ruth Purseglove returned to the Helmsley team and maintained her 100% record against Ryedale F's Rob Williams, Gavin Buckley and Andrew Dent and with teammates Nick Bowes and Philip Trevelyan taking a brace each they wrapped up an 8-2 win. Determined displays saw Williams and Buckley rewarded with a win each.  Amotherby B found easy pickings against their 'C' team, with both Josh Blakeston and Russ Grimshaw securing trebles and a brace to Andy Holmes saw them outperform Ruth Wilson, Alan Mitchell and Ian Dawson (1) to triumph 9-1. Amotherby B mirrored the 'A' team as they bagged a 9-1 landslide over their 'D' team opponents Andy Studdart, Linda Clarke and Janet Bailey. The ever-reliable Richard Brown and Ken Darby were both unscathed with two to Malcolm Sims who lost out to Bailey. Another convincing win saw newcomers Whitby B win 7-3 against Hutton C to stay in touch at the top. Stuart Hurworth unbeaten was their man of the match, underpinned with a brace from Ken Benford and a single to Kevin Barleycorn. Hutton picked up valuable points with spirited displays from Mircea Voicu (2), Angela Parker (1) and Barbara Johnson. 

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In a tense top of the table Div.1 clash Whitby A took the accolades soundly beating Hutton A 6-4. Star man Dave Williams set the tone with three wins, with teammates Bob Evans taking a brace and Barbara Kearney a single. For Hutton the ever reliable Tom Needham could only muster a pair and Paul Young one. Jim Bailey missed out again before Needham and Young edged the doubles. Swinton put in a very strong performance at Hutton B taking the match 9-1. Both Pat Swindell and Dave Chugg remained unbeaten with Ray Mitchell securing a rare double.  All round displays from Eddie Prest, Chris Parker and Ollie Braithwaite ensured all the games were keenly contested but for no reward, bar a single to Braithwaite. Ryedale C took on their lower ranked teammates Ryedale D and found them in impressive form. Andrew Malley overcame the C's Titch Temple, Barry Todd and Jan Bryan and with partners John Gascoyne and Barry Rudd securing a brace each, they eased to a convincing 7-3 win,  Bryan (1) and Temple (1) gaining some pride by winning the doubles.  

In Div.2 with their B team having a bye week Amotherby A took advantage and routed their C team players Ian Dawson, Ruth Wilson and Alan Mitchell 9-1. Richard Brown and Ken Darby both recorded a trio of wins plus two to Nick Knight enabled them to close the gap at the top to just 3 points. Just behind them are Whitby B who clinched another fine win over Westow 8-2. Nick Campbell and Stuart Hurworth, looking comfortable at this level, once again undefeated with a Ken Benford solo effort. Sara Winn-Darley and John Clayton avoided  the blushes with a single each. Helmsley put out a strong line up of Ruth Purseglove, Toby Crusher and Nick Bowes when taking on Ryedale G's John Stott, Harry Gascoyne and Rob Wilkinson and going from strength to strength they dispatched the opposition 10 nil. Hutton C were winless coming into their match with bottom club Amotherby D but a solid resolute team performance saw that gremlin put to bed as they ran out 7-3 winners. Barbara Johnson, Angela Parker and Mircea Voicu all won two each plus the doubles, the only stumbling block being Amotherby's Linda Clark who remained undefeated to pick up the player of the match award.  

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