PRESS REPORTS 2019-20

5/10/19

With the new season under way the RTTL has returned to three Divisions, hopefully making matches more competitive and fairer to meet all players’ various standards.

In Div.1 with Swinton v Ryedale B postponed, Hutton A kicked off the season against Whitby which proved to be a battle royal ending the night 5-5. Whitby's Dave Williams with a hat trick was the player of the match ably supported with singles from Barbara Kearney and Bob Evans. With Hutton's Jim Bailey overwhelmed it was left to stalwarts Tom Needham and Joel Wright to save the day winning a brace each, pairing up to take the doubles. Ryedale A entertained Coneysthorpe in another ding dong match which saw 5 games go the distance. The Rye's held the upper hand thanks to a pair each from Stephen Temple and Mike Wheatley plus a single to Mike Fenby. but the Coneys fought back thanks to star man Gareth Bryning's treble and a point to Dave Quinlan, the match ending all square when Bryning/Suchecki beat Temple/Fenby in five. 

In Div.2 Helmsley had a convincing win 8-2 over Ryedale F thanks to an undefeated display from Ruth Purseglove and a doubles win for Nick Bowes and Phil Trevelyan. Gavin Buckley (1) and Pete Whitfield (1) and John Draper were all involved in very close games and were frustrated not to do better. Doubles from Ryedale E's Jean Wardman, Mick Carter and Trevor Teasdale were enough to overcome Amotherby A 6-4 with Richard Brown and Ken Darby thankful for team mate Ian Johnson's star performance treble and the doubles. Amotherby B forfeited 3 points against Hutton B but still managed to scrape a draw thanks to an unblemished display from Malcolm Sims, a single to Andy Holmes plus the doubles. Hutton replied with Andy Grayson and Ollie Braithwaite recording a brace each with a single to Mircea Voicu.  

In Div.3  newcomers Rillington entertained Ryedale G and found them in impressive form as they ran out 8-2 victors with Alan Kimber and Danny Stansfield both undefeated plus a Ross Thorpe double. Rillington's David and Keiran Leckenby found the going tough but with Eric Hall winning a single they took the doubles to end the night on a high. Westow's Sara Winn-Darley and Colin Payne bagged three games each and the doubles to overcome Amotherby D 7-3,  who replied with singles each from Andy Studdart, Ellie Smith and Linda Clarke when overcoming Sarah Magson. Hutton C proved too strong for opponents Amotherby C as they ran out 8-2 winners thanks to a hat trick from star man Chris Parker and a brace each to Barbara Johnson and Angela Parker. In reply Ian Dawson clinched a brace but Alan Mitchell and Ruth Wilson were unable to secure a win.

 Pat Swindell 

12/10/19

In Div.1 Hutton A trudged home after suffering their worst  loss in years going down 9-1 to Swinton. Fielding a team of Tom Needham, Jim Bailey and Ollie Braithwaite they had no answer, imploding, as both Pat Swindell and Paul Cuthbertson recorded trebles plus a brace to Dave Chugg who succumbed to Tom. Whitby had a convincing win over Ryedale C with star man John Hanson in impressive form undefeated along with Barbara Kearney plus a single to Vic Wilson ensuring an 8-2 victory over Titch Temple (1), Barry Todd (1) and Jan Bryan. By taking the doubles Coneysthorpe gained a narrow 6-4 win when entertaining Ryedale B. Unbeaten star man Russ Barton and a brace to Jo Suchecki who  then paired up to take the doubles thus overcoming Ed Wardman (2), Andrew Malley (1) and Alec Hodgson (1).

In Div. 2 Ryedale D crushed Andy Holmes, Malcom Sims and Janet Bailey 10 nil in a one sided affair, Andy Paton, Barry Rudd and Chris Sharples all with 100%. Ryedale F suffered a narrow defeat 6-4 at the hands of Amotherby B who were thankful to man of the match Ian Johnson's treble plus two to Ken Darby. The Rye's fought back with a brace from Gavin Buckley and singles to Pete Whitfield and Rob Williams before yielding to Johnson and Darby in the doubles. Two wins in two for Ryedale E as they overcame Hutton B 8-2 thanks to a hat trick from Trevor Teasdale and doubles each for Jean Wardman and Mick Carter, Andy Grayson and Eddie Prest taking a single each with Mircea Voicu out of luck.

In Div.3 Ryedale G continued their good start to the season with a 9-1 win over Amotherby C. Harry Gascoyne and John Ellis recorded trebles and with a Daniel Stansfield brace they powered through Ruth Wilson, Jonathan Hill and Ian Dawson, who saved the whitewash. Hutton C and Westow enjoyed a tense match which swung one way then the other before being decided on the final doubles which went to Hutton and a 6-4 victory thanks to a brace each from Wendy Prest and Chris Parker plus a single to Barbara Johnson. Consolation prize went to player of the match Sara Winn-Darley for her undefeated display and a solo effort from John Clayton. Amotherby D out performed Ryedale H 8-2 courtesy of a Richard Lee hat trick and doubles each to Janet Bailey and Andy Studdart. The Rye's replied with singles to John Stott and Rob Wilkinson with a gritty display from Joan Swindell unrewarded.

Pat Swindell

19/10/19

In Div.1 Hutton A emerged victors 6-4 after taking the doubles against Coneysthorpe. Before that Joel Wright and Tom Needham had won all their games against Tim Smith, Jo Suchecki and Russ Barton who all picked up a point against Jim Bailey. Ryedale B went down by the same score conceding the vital doubles against their 'A' team after five games went the distance in a very close encounter. Mike Fenby took the accolades with a hat trick backed up by a John Flintoft double and a Mike Wheatley single to overcome Ed Wardman (2), Alec Hodgson (1) with Andrew Malley unrewarded for a very strong performance. Swinton were made to fight all the way against Ryedale C before running out 7-3 victors. Star man Pat Swindell remained unbeaten backed up with a brace each from Paul Cuthbertson and Dave Chugg. The Rye's Titch Temple recorded, deservedly, two excellent wins teaming up with Jan Bryan to win the doubles. 

In Div.2 Helmsley got knocked back playing Amotherby A, going down 7-3. Ruth Purseglove with a treble could only look on as both Nick Bowes and Phil Trevellyan were dispatched comfortably by resilient threesome, Ian Johnson, Russ Grimshaw and Ken Darby who then took the doubles 14-12 on the final end. Ryedale D played stablemates Ryedale E with the match ending all square. A treble from the impressive Chris Sharples and a brace to Barry Rudd was cancelled out by a Trevor Teasdale double and singles to Mick Carter and Jean Wardman before Jean and Trevor took the doubles 14-12 in the final end. Hutton B's twosome, Andy Grayson and Eddie Prest remained undefeated before teaming up to take the doubles to ensure a 7-3 win against Ryedale F. In reply Robert Williams, Pete Whitfield and Gavin Buckley all overcame Mircea Voicu.

In Div.3  Amotherby C had Alan Mitchell in top form with a treble and coupled with singles each to Jonathan Hill and Ruth Wilson they held on for a draw against new boys Rillington who replied with a brace each from David Leckenby and Chris Needham who paired up to win the doubles, Phillip Horton missing out in three keenly contested games. Westow and Ryedale G couldn't be separated sharing the points. The Rye's Harry Gascoyne and John Ellis with a pair each and a solo effort from Dan Stansfield were pegged back by top player John Clayton's treble, a single to Colin Payne plus the doubles. Ryedale H v Hutton C was pp.

Pat Swindell 

 26/10/19

In Div. 1 Whitby moved into top spot after an 8-2 win over Swinton but unbeaten star man Dave Williams along with Bob Evans and Barbara Kearney who won a brace each were made to fight all the way. With 50% of the games going the distance it was left to Paul Cuthbertson to score a brace with Pat Swindell and Dave Chugg thwarted. Coneysthorpe eased to a comfortable victory 10 - nil over Ryedale C. Dave Quinlan, Joe Suchecki and man of the match Gareth Bryning having the skill and quality to overcome the efforts of Titch Temple, Barry Todd and Jan Bryan. Not for the first time, Hutton A's duo of Tom Needham and Joel Wright remained undefeated and with a single to Jim Bailey they triumphed 7-3 over Ryedale A's John Flintoft (1), Stephen Temple (1) and Mike Wheatley with the Rye's gaining consolation by taking the doubles in five.

In Div.2 it’s early days but Ryedale D look title contenders soaring to the top after whitewashing  Ryedale F's Rob Williams, Gavin Buckley and John Draper 10-0, Andy Paton, Chris Sharples and Barry Rudd all being in impressive form. Keeping up the pressure are Helmsley with a convincing 10 nil win over Hutton B. Strong performances from Ruth Purseglove, Nick Bowes and Toby Crusher were enough to dispatch opponents Eddie Prest, Ollie Braithwaite and Andrew Grayson who each rued their 5 set loss to Bowes. Ryedale E wrapped up a 6-4 victory over Amotherby B thanks to a brace each from Trevor Teasdale, Jean Wardman and Mick Carter. Replying for Amotherby was player of the match Russ Grimshaw unbeaten with a treble, pairing up with Andy Holmes to take the doubles. 

In Div. 3 Rillington are still looking for their 1st win after narrowly losing 6-4 to seasoned campaigners Westow. A hat-trick to star man Eric Hall and a single to Chris Needham was cancelled out by a brace each from Colin Payne and John Clayton and with a crucial tense game going to Sarah Magson over Kieran Leckenby they took the doubles. Ros Thorpe and Alan Kimber were in majestic form undefeated with trebles and with Harry Gascoyne's double it ensured Ryedale G eased past Mike Askham (1), Rob Wilkinson and Susan Hallett 9-1 to top the leader board. For some reason both Hutton C and Amotherby D turned up with only two players each, resulting in the unusual final score of 2-7. Amotherby's Andy Studdart and Linda Clarke both overcame Barbara Johnson and Heather Donald with forfeits going to both teams. 

Pat Swindell 

8/11/2019

In Div.1 Coneysthorpe swept Swinton aside with ease 9-1, keeping themselves in touch at the top thanks to a hat trick of wins to Gareth Bryning and Dave Quinlan plus a brace to Tim Smith. Pat Swindell, Paul Cuthbertson and Dave Chugg struggled to compete and got what they deserved. Ryedale A recorded an excellent win over a first choice Whitby team. Man of the match John Flintoft's unblemished display ably backed up by Mike Fenby with a brace and a single to Stephen Temple saw off previously unbeaten Dave Williams (2), Bob Evans (1) and a winless Barbara Kearney. Ryedale B played stable mates Ryedale C with Ed Wardman leading the way unbeaten coupled with a brace each to Andrew Malley and Alec Hodgson they secured a comfortable 8-2 win over Barry Todd, Jan Bryan and Titch Temple who won two games.

In Div. 2 Ryedale D had John Gascoyne back for his first match of the season and shaking off the rust he scored a brace to go with Barry Rudd's single and star man Andy Paton's treble. Finally taking the doubles they ran out 7-3 victors over Amotherby A who got points from an Ian Johnson double and a solo effort to Richard Brown. Ryedale E proved too strong for Ryedale F, dominating the match from the first game, eventually running out 9-1 victors with trebles to both Jean Wardman and Trevor Teasdale with Mick Carter chipping in with a brace. Pete Whitfield and John Draper both struggled leaving Rob Williams to avoid their blushes of a whitewash. Helmsley v Amotherby B was pp. 

In Div. 3 Hutton C playing two matches had mixed fortunes, firstly against Ryedale H they won 6-4 thanks to star man Chris Parker with a treble, a brace to Angela Parker and a single from Barbara Johnson. In reply Mike Askham won two and John Stott one before pairing up to take the doubles. That feat couldn’t be repeated against Ryedale G, the same threesome going down 8-2 with only Chris Parker getting on the scoresheet with a pair. Getting the win for the Rye's was man of the match John Ellis with a treble and doubles to both Dan Stansfield and Harry Gascoyne. New signing Tom Brown made an immediate impact for Rillington winning all his games and with teammates Chris Needham and Phillip Horton getting a single each they drew 5-5 with Amotherby D who won the vital doubles after Richard Lee scored a double with singles to Linda Clarke and Janet Bailey. Amotherby C played basement club Ryedale H and came out top winning 6-4 thanks to a brace each from Jonathan Hill and Alan Mitchell, a single to Ruth Wilson plus the doubles. In reply Mike Askam took the night’s honours unbeaten with Joan Swindell contributing a single.

Pat Swindell 

16/11/19

In Div.1 Ryedale B travelled to Whitby and gained a valuable 6-4 win thanks to a solid all round team performance from Ed Wardman, Andrew Malley and Alec Hodgson who all recorded a brace each. The seasiders John Hanson and Stuart Brown both failed to take a game leaving it to player of the match Barbara Kearney to get a treble, pairing up with Hanson to take the doubles. Swinton had a very competitive match playing Ryedale A but unfortunately the ball fell the wrong side of the net as they eventually lost 8-2 with only Paul Cuthbertson able to get on the scorecard. The Rye's man of the match Stephen Temple was undefeated with John Flintoft and Mike Wheatley both scoring a pair. Ryedale C v Hutton A became farcical when the away team turned up with just Tom Needham. Last minute efforts failed to find players with the final result finishing 7-3 to Ryedale's Titch Temple, Jan Bryan and Barry Todd who all lost to Needham, with Hutton forfeiting seven games - a situation the RTTL hopes will not be repeated!

In Div.2 Ros Thorpe stepped up from Division 3 to play for Ryedale D against Hutton B but found her opponents Eddie Prest, Ollie Braithwaite and Andrew Grayson too good to win any points. Thankfully Andy Paton and Barry Rudd were on top form both remaining unbeaten before pairing up and taking the doubles to ensure a comfortable 7-3 victory. Title hopefuls Ryedale E and Helmsley battled it out toe to toe but at the end of the night couldn't be separated, finishing in a draw 5-5. The Rye's Jean Wardman and Mick Carter both recorded a brace each along with a single from Trevor Teasdale, all three overcoming new signing Graham Sellers. However none of them could match player of the night Ruth Purseglove's impressive form as she won all three games and with Nick Bowes taking a single they teamed up to take the vital doubles. Amotherby B v Amotherby A pp.

In Div.3 Rillington have clearly found their table tennis feet and recorded another victory 6-4 over Hutton C courtesy of a brace apiece to Chris Needham, David Leckenby and Kieran Leckenby. Hutton's Angela Parker and Barbara Johnson were caught off guard by the newcomers’ quality leaving it to seasoned campaigner Chris Parker to take the night’s honours with a hat trick of wins before teaming up with Angela to secure the doubles. Amotherby C's Ian Dawson was the star man as he remained undefeated with partner Jonathan Hill taking a single but with Ruth Wilson missing out Amotherby D saw victory with both Linda Clarke and new recruit Paula O'Donnell getting a brace each plus a solo effort from Andy Studdart they got a 6-4 win by taking the doubles 11-6 in the fifth. 

23/11/19

 In Div.1 after an epic night of table tennis Coneysthorpe salvaged a draw when Russ Barton and Dave Quinlan teamed up to take the final doubles game against John Flintoft and Titch Temple. Before that six of the nine singles had gone the distance with the Rye's just edging in front 5-4 thanks to Flintoft and Mike Wheatley both winning two each and Temple a single. The Coneys’ resilience kept them touch with a brace to Quinlan and solo efforts from Barton and Jo Suchecki. In the end a fair result from the division’s current top two teams. At the other end of the table Swinton got back to winning ways with what was in the end a comfortable victory over Ryedale B. In a very competitive match Dave Chugg and Pat Swindell both recorded trebles with only Paul Cuthbertson missing out in five against Alec Hodgson who saved the whitewash after Ed Wardman and Andrew Malley had failed to win.

In Div.2 Helmsley doubled up on matches recording two excellent wins which takes them to the top of the leader board. Firstly playing Ryedale F they won 8-2 with Andrew Turner and Toby Crusher both undefeated plus a Phil Trevelyan single. The Rye's replied with singles to Rob Williams and Gavin Buckley. Their 2nd match saw them dispatch Amotherby B 9-1 with Toby Crusher again unbeaten along with Ruth Purseglove and a brace to Nick Bowes. With Alf Godson and Malcolm Sims unable to make inroads it was left to Russ Grimshaw to save the Amotherby blushes. A surprise result saw Amotherby A beat Ryedale E 7-3. Ian Johnson in sparkling form scored a hat trick with a brace to Richard Brown and a single to Ken Darby. Ryedale replied with a couple to Mick Carter and a solo effort from Trevor Teasdale. Hutton B always had the upper hand as they swept aside Amotherby B's Russ Grimshaw (1), Alf Godson and Andy Holmes 9-1 thanks to trebles from Eddie Prest and Ollie Braithwaite backed up by Wendy Prest with a double.

In Div.3 Rillington playing away to Hutton C enjoyed another fine victory winning 4-6, thanks to a flawless display from man of the match Tom Brown assisted by David Leckenby with a brace. Hutton fought back with a double to John Ellis and a single to Ros Thorpe but succumbed to Brown and Leckenby in the doubles. Westow dispatched comfortably Amotherby D 9-1 meeting only token resistance from Janet Bailey (1), Andy Studdart and Paula O'Donnell. Seasoned campaigners John Clayton and Sara Winn-Darley wrapped up the night with unblemished records plus a single to Colin Payne.  

Pat Swindell  

 30/11/19

In Div.1 Whitby had little problem overcoming a below strength Ryedale C 10-0. Titch Temple, Jan Bryan and John Gascoyne were all vanquished with flawless performances from Dave Williams, Bob Evans and Barbara Kearney putting them in 2nd spot with a game in hand. Coneysthorpe top the table after a convincing 9-1 win over Ryedale B. The Coney's were made to work hard for every point before Dave Quinlan and Jo Suchecki could record trebles and with a double to Russ Barton they thwarted Alec Hodgson (1), Jean Wardman and Titch Temple. Hutton A's Tom Needham, Paul Young and Jim Bailey all won a brace each to pip Swinton 6-4 who were left to rue some inconsistent tennis. Pat Swindell defeated Paul Young but then underperformed to lose the next two. Dave Chugg also failed to hit the heights leaving it to Paul Cuthbertson to secure a brace and take the doubles with Swindell.

 In Div.2 Star man Barry Rudd recorded his first treble of the season for Ryedale D to set his team on the way to a valuable 7-3 win with the assistance of teammates Andy Paton and John Gascoyne who both scored a brace  to overcome Amotherby B who fought back with wins for Russ Grimshaw and Malcom Sims teaming up to take the doubles. Steve Miller made a welcome return securing a point for Ryedale E but only Trevor Teasdale could add to the score as they went down 8-2 at the hands of Hutton B's undefeated star men Andy Grayson and Ollie Braithwaite with Chris Parker adding a single. Amotherby A emerged victors 8-2 over Ryedale F with a collective display from Ian Johnson with a treble and doubles to Richard Brown and Ken Darby. Rob Williams and John Draper were both left empty handed leaving it to the Rye's Gavin Buckley to win two.

In Div.3 Westow's threesome of John Clayton, Sara Winn-Darley and Colin Payne kept up the pressure at the top with a clean sheet as they whitewashed Hutton C's Angela Parker, Barbara Johnson and Heather Donald 10 nil to close the gap on leaders Ryedale G who continue to top the leader board after securing a 7-3 victory over Amotherby C thanks to an Alan Kimber treble, a brace to Ross Thorpe and a single to Dan Stansfield overcoming a battling and stubborn display from Alan Mitchell, Jonathan Hill (1) and Ian Dawson (2). Ryedale H might sit bottom still winless but the opposition are made to fight for every point. Paula O'Donnell, Linda Clarke and Ellie Smith for Amotherby D all had dig deep to earn their wins before claiming a 7-3 victory. The Rye's gained consolation with a brace to Mike Askham and a single to Rob Wilkinson with Susan Hallett unlucky not to pick up a point. 

Pat Swindell

8/12/19

In Div.1 Ryedale A fell short of recording a maximum haul against their B team when Ed Wardman comfortably defeated Mike Fenby in three straight. After that the evening was steady away for unbeaten stars of the match Stephen Temple and John Flintoft with Fenby scoring a brace against Alec Hodgson, Andrew Malley and Wardman. For the first time this season Hutton A fielded their strongest threesome at Coneysthorpe and cruised to an 8-2 victory with only Tom Needham and Joel Wright  thwarted by the Coney's resolute Gareth Bryning. However neither he, Jo Suchecki nor Tim Smith could trouble man of the match Paul Young. Swinton were once again involved in some close games against Ryedale C but managed to pull out the wins to gain an 8-2 victory. Paul Cuthbertson and Dave Chugg with trebles and a Pat Swindell brace saw them overcome Titch Temple (1), Jan Bryan and Barry Todd.

In Div.2 Ryedale D after losing the first two games woke up and put in a solid team performance winning 8-2 against stable mates Ryedale E ensuring they stay top with Andy Paton once again the talisman with a hat trick and a brace each to John Gascoyne and Chris Sharples who lost out to Jean Wardman and Trevor Teasdale respectively with Mick Carter failing to score. Amotherby A were always chasing the game against Helmsley and failure in the doubles saw them miss out 6-4. Ian Johnson with a treble and a Josh Blakeston single were not enough to topple Ruth Purseglove (2), Nick Bowes (2) and a first win for Graham Sellers. Wendy Prest and Andrew Grayson were the cornerstones of an impressive 7-3 victory over Ryedale F. With both unscathed and a single to Eddie Prest they overcame a luckless John Draper but Gavin Buckley and Rob Williams both won singles and then teamed up to take the doubles.

In Div.3 Hutton C scraped over the line 6-4 against Ryedale H thanks to star man Chris Parker's treble, an Angela Parker double and a solo effort from Heather Donald. John Stott with a brace plus a single to Mike Askham kept the pressure on with Stott and Joan Swindell taking the doubles.  Ryedale G eased to another 7-3 victory playing Westow. Alan Kimber took the accolades with a hat trick plus a brace apiece to Ros Thorpe and Harry Gascoyne. Sara Winn-Darley and John Clayton replied with a single each pairing up to take the doubles. Rillington go from strength to strength dispatching Amotherby C 8-2. Chris Needham and Eric Hall both struck a pair adding to man of the match Tom Brown’s treble. Alan Mitchell and Ruth Wilson gave their all to no avail leaving it to Ian Dawson to record a double. In their 2nd match Amotherby C fared no better going down 7-3 against Hutton C, Ian Dawson with a double and a single to Alan Mitchell their only riposte as they wilted to an undefeated Chris Parker, two to Angela Parker and a single from Barbara Johnson. 

17/1/20

In Div.1 Hutton A briefly held top spot after they enjoyed a 9-1 win over Whitby. With trebles to star men Tom Needham and Paul Young plus a brace to Jim Bailey they had little trouble overcoming John Hanson (1), Vic Wilson and Stuart Brown. But the competitive nature of the league quickly saw Coneysthorpe return to the No1 position after they demolished bottom club Ryedale C 9-1. Dave Quinlan, Jo Suchecki and Tim Smith all remained unbeaten against Titch Temple, Jan Bryan and Barry Todd who took consolation in winning the doubles. Swinton's Paul Cuthbertson took the plaudits with a trio of wins and coupled with a pair to Pat Swindell and a single to Dave Chugg they overcame a stubborn Whitby side 6-4 who replied with a brace from John Hanson and a single to Barbara Kearney before  pairing up to win the doubles.

In Div.2 Ryedale D march on after they steam rollered over Ryedale F's Rob Williams, Gavin Buckley and Pete Whitfield 10-nil. Hat tricks all round for John Gascoyne, Andy Paton and Barry Rudd untroubled as they continued their winning streak. In their quest for promotion Amotherby A took a hit as they went down 6-4 against Hutton B. Ian Johnson for Amotherby took a maximum haul but his teammates Richard Brown and Ken Darby were scuppered by Hutton's Andy Grayson, Chris Parker and Ollie Braithwaite who all recorded doubles before Johnson/Brown took the doubles. Jean Wardman, Mick Carter and Trevor Teasdale of Ryedale E all won a brace each against Amotherby B to secure a narrow 6-4 victory. Andy Holmes and Josh Blakeston were unlucky to miss out in some close encounters leaving it to Ian Johnson to win all three pairing up with Andy Holmes to win the doubles.

In Div.3 Westow just had the upper hand entertaining Rillington. Seasoned campaigners John Clayton, Sara Winn-Darley and Colin Payne clinched victory as they all won against David and Keiran Leckenby. But player of the match Tom Brown ensured that was all they got as he dug in to remain undefeated pairing up with Keiran to win the doubles. Down at the bottom and down on any luck saw Ryedale H sink to a 9-1 defeat against Ryedale G. At no point were John Stott, Mike Askham and Ian Hutchinson outclassed,  just simply beaten by better players Alan Kimber, John Ellis and Dan Stansfield. Amotherby D v Hutton C's match tipped one way then the other all night before finishing all square 5-5. Singles to Amotherby's Paula O'Donnell and Andy Studdart plus a double for Linda Clarke saw them fight back to take the vital doubles against undefeated star man Chris Parker, Barbara Johnson (2) and Heather Donald. 

Pat Swindell 

1/2/20

In Div.1 Whitby struggled to field a full strength team and title contenders Ryedale A took full advantage to dispatch their opponents with little difficulty 8-2, thanks to star man Mike Fenby's treble plus a brace each to John Flintoft and Titch Temple and the doubles. Whitby's John Hanson enjoying a good season recorded a brace before losing his third game in five. Ryedale C got one over on their 'B' team with a narrow 6-4 victory. In an evenly contested match the C's Titch Temple and Jan Bryan both picked up a pair with Barry Todd taking a single. In reply Andy Paton won two with Ed Wardman and Alec Hodgson winning one each before Temple and Bryan stepped up to secure the vital doubles. Swinton v  Coneysthorpe pp.

In Div 2  for the 2nd week running Ryedale D were held to 5-5 draw, this time by Amotherby A who were indebted to Ian Johnson’s flawless performance winning all his games plus a Josh Blakeston single. The Rye's stayed in contention with a brace each to Andy Paton and Barry Rudd with a single to John Gascoyne but Darby and Johnson had the final word taking the doubles. Singles to Helmsley's Graham Sellers and Nick Bowes plus Ruth Purseglove’s imposing display put them in an unassailable position against Amotherby B who kept in touch with a Malcolm Sims brace and solo efforts from Andy Holmes and Josh Blakeston before falling to Purseglove and Bowes in the doubles. Ryedale E entertained stablemates Ryedale F and in a keenly contested match were thankful to their veteran wiley old fox Mick Carter for a trio of wins ably assisted with doubles from Trevor Teasdale and Jean Wardman to secure a competitive 7-3 win. In reply Gavin Buckley won two teaming up with Pete Whitfield to take the doubles.  

In Div.3 Ryedale H recorded their first win of the season to move of the bottom with an impressive display thanks to two hat tricks from Ian Hutchinson and John Stott plus a single to Susan Hallett leaving Amotherby C down and out 8-2 with only Alan Mitchell and Jonathan Hill able to reply. Leaders Ryedale G consolidated their position with a worthy win 7-3 against Hutton C thanks to a trio of wins from Alan Kimber with a brace each to John Ellis and Harry Gascoyne. Chris Parker got a pair for Hutton teaming up with Angela to take the doubles. Rillington wrapped up another victory as they romped home 7-3 against Amotherby D thanks once again to a treble from Tom Brown, a brace to Eric Hall plus a single to David Leckenby. Amotherby always facing an uphill battle never gave up with Linda Clarke winning two and a single for the improving Paula O'Donnell. 

Pat Swindell

8/2/20

In Div.1 the topsy- turvy season continues and it's all to play for with only 2 points separating the top four teams. Hutton A are joint top thanks to Ryedale C who turned up with only two players and thus forfeited 3 games. Tom Needham and Paul Young thwarted any further resistance from Titch Temple and Barry Todd to remain unbeaten but with a never say die attitude both Temple and Todd overcame Jim Bailey before losing the doubles and falling to an 8-2 defeat. Whitby jumped up the table after whitewashing Ryedale B 10 nil. Dave Williams, Barbara Kearney and Bob Evans were all in dynamic form as they overcame a resilient and sometimes unlucky Ed Wardman, Alec Hodgson and Andy Paton who himself was unfortunate to miss out in two 5 setters.

In Div 2 after two draws in a row Ryedale D got back to winning ways in comprehensive fashion beating Hutton B 9-1. Trebles to both John Gascoyne and Andy Paton plus two for Barry Rudd ensured they had a trouble free evening against Chris Parker, Eddie and Wendy Prest who gained some solace in beating Rudd. Helmsley kept the pressure on in 2nd spot after winning 7-3 against Ryedale E thanks to both Toby Crusher and Ruth Purseglove recording hat tricks. In reply Trevor Teasdale, Alan Kirkwood and Mick Carter all overcame Phil Trevellyan who was lacking match practice but still pushed the opposition all the way. Amotherby A v Amotherby B pp.

In Div.3 after last week’s win Ryedale H visited Westow and contested every game before narrowly falling short 6-4. The Rye's put a dent in the home team’s hope of promotion as Ian Hutchison scored a brace with singles to John Stott and Mike Askham. For Westow John Clayton was the star man winning all his games and supported by Colin Payne with a brace they paired up to take the crucial doubles. Rillington chalked up another fine victory 7-3, this time over Hutton C, with a solid team display which saw Phillip Horton, Chris Needham and David Leckenby all win two games each over Angela Parker and Barbara Johnson. However none of them could overcome Chris Parker who ended the night unbeaten. Amotherby stablemates C and D clashed and with the D team in resolute form they recorded an emphatic 8-2 win thanks to player of the match Linda Clarke with a rare treble plus doubles each for Andy Studdart and Ellie Smith. Alan Mitchell replied with a brace with Ruth Wilson and Jonathan Hill pointless and unlucky after pushing their adversaries all the way.

Pat Swindell 

15/2/20 

Swinton are unlikely to win the Div 1 championship but they will have a critical say in who does after two impressive victories. The 1st came against Ryedale B which saw some top quality table tennis from both teams. However it was Swinton who came out worthy winners 8-2 thanks to a hat trick from Pat Swindell and a brace each for Dave Chugg and Paul Cuthbertson plus the doubles. The Rye's Ed Wardman and Andy Paton got the upper hand to win a single each with the luckless Alec Hodgson pointless. Next up were title hopefuls Ryedale A, which saw Swinton get off to a flying start taking the first three games and after that they never looked back eventually emerging victors 6-4. Once again Pat Swindell remained unbeaten backed up by Paul Cuthbertson with a pair and a single to Dave Chugg. Ryedale’s Mike Wheatley failed to get on the score sheet leaving it to Stephen Temple to win two and Mike Fenby one, both pairing up to take the doubles to gain some respectability. 

 

In Div.2 Amotherby A dispatched with some ease Ryedale E 9-1 thanks to impressive displays from Richard Brown and Ian Johnson who remained unbeaten along with a double from Ken Darby. Jean Wardman and Trevor Teasdale, both having an off night, were completely overwhelmed leaving it to Mick Carter to save face with a consolation single. Hutton B fielded a strong line up when entertaining Amotherby B and this proved decisive in a tense encounter which eventually saw the home team run out 8-2 victors with an Ollie Braithwaite hat trick and a brace each for Andy Grayson and Wendy Prest. Malcolm Sims battled to secure a valuable two points with Andy Holmes and Josh Blakeston unlucky to finish empty handed. Helmsley could only field two players in their match against Ryedale F but both Ruth Purseglove and Nick Bowes proved too good for Gavin Buckley, Pete Whitfield and John Draper who all failed to win a game, gaining little consolation for three free points.

In Div 3 Amotherby C climbed off the bottom of the table with a hard earned but well deserved victory over Hutton C thanks to two undefeated displays from Andy Studdart and Jonathan Hill plus a Ruth Wilson single. Barbara Johnson and Angela Parker battled to get a win each with Heather Donald desperately unfortunate to miss out. Rillington v Ryedale G went down to the wire and the vital doubles but before that Harry Gascoyne and Dan Stansfield had clinched a brace each for the G's with a solo effort to John Ellis. Rillington hit back with the dependable Tom Brown taking a maximum haul and a single to teammate Phillip Horton but they couldn't take the doubles and fell short, missing out 6-4. Colin Payne with a trio of wins and a John Clayton double proved invaluable for Westow as they gained the upper hand over a resilient Amotherby D who not to be out done fought back with a Linda Clarke brace and singles each to Andy Studdart and Ellie Smith, only to be thwarted in the end game with Payne and Clayton taking doubles to gain a narrow 6-4 victory. 

 Pat Swindell

22/2/20

In Div.1 Coneysthorpe are back on top after a 9-1 victory over Ryedale B. Ed Wardman, Andrew Malley and Alec Hodgson put up a tremendous fight with only one game finishing in three straight but lady luck was not on their side as the Coney's Dave Quinlan and Tim Smith remained undefeated with Russ Barton earning a brace before losing to Hodgson. Ryedale C visited Whitby and were duly dispatched going down 8-2 in what was a one sided affair. Barbara Kearney led the way with a treble with teammates John Hanson and Vic Wilson taking two, each falling to the Rye's Titch Temple. Swinton's stubborn resistance made sure that Hutton A had to earn all their six points. With Pat Swindell winning a brace and singles to both Paul Cuthbertson and Dave Chugg, Hutton were saved by a Tom Needham hat trick, a solo effort from Paul Young and the vital doubles. 

In Div.2 Ryedale F and Amotherby A set a record after 9 of the ten games went the distance with Amotherby benefitting from the nights epic match to win 7-3 thanks to a Josh Blakeston treble and a pair each for Richard Brown and Ken Darby. With Rob Williams and Pete Whitfield luckless, Gavin Buckley won 2 pairing up with Whitfield to take the doubles. Hutton B just got over the line 6-4 against Ryedale E courtesy of an Andy Grayson treble, a brace to Eddie Prest plus a single to Wendy Prest.  The Rye's fought back with a double to Alan Kirkwood and a single for Mick Carter before securing the doubles. Run away leaders Ryedale D thumped Amotherby B 9-1 with trebles for John Gascoyne and Andy Paton plus a double to Barry Rudd. For Amotherby Josh Blakeston flew the flag with a single. Helmsley won by the same score line dispatching Hutton B's Ollie Braithwaite (1), Chris Parker and Andrew Grayson with ease. Nick Bowes and Ruth Purseglove were in dominant mode for Helmsley adding to a Toby Crusher brace.  

In Div.3 Ryedale G extended their lead at the top with a resounding victory 10 nil over bottom club Amotherby C. Alan Mitchell, Ruth Wilson and Jonathan Hill had no answer to the dominant trio of Ros Thorpe, Harry Gascoyne and Alan Kimber. Ryedale H overcame Amotherby D to secure their 2nd win of the season 7-3 thanks to two unblemished displays from Ian Hutchison and Mike Askham as they overcame Andy Studdart, Ellie Smith and Linda Clarke who were all able to defeat Joan Swindell. The Hutton C v Westow match see-sawed one way then the other before finishing all square 5-5. Chris and Angela Parker impressed for Hutton taking all the points including the doubles but not to be out done Westow fought back with a brace each to Sara Winn-Darley and John Clayton and with Sarah Magson claiming a vital point. 

Pat Swindell 

 29/2/20

In Div.1 current champions Hutton A entertained Coneysthorpe and dominated the match from beginning to end to record a stunning 10 nil whitewash over Jo Suchecki, Tim Smith and Gareth Bryning. Paul Young, Tom Needham and Joel Wright are back on top as the league enters its final month. Ryedale A sit 5 points adrift but with a match in hand after overcoming their B team 8-2, thanks to star man John Flintoft with a trio of wins coupled with a brace each to Stephen Temple and Mike Wheatley. Alec Hodgson (1), Ed Wardman (1) and Andrew Malley were frustrated that their efforts only reaped two points.  Swinton lost against Ryedale C after losing Paul Cuthbertson to injury at the 11th hour and forfeited 3 games, then Pat Swindell and Dave Chugg both lost to Titch Temple and with Swindell overwhelmed by Jan Bryan they sank to a 7-3 defeat. 

Div.2 Ryedale D's comfortable cushion at the top was extended after a resounding 9-1 victory over stable mates Ryedale E thanks to Andy Paton and Barry Rudd recording trebles and stand-in Ros Thorpe acquitting herself well with a brace. Alan Kirkwood with a single saved the E's blushes of Mick Carter and Jean Wardman. In the play-off position lie Helmsley who in a closely contested encounter beat rivals Amotherby A 6-4 thanks to a maximum from Ruth Purseglove, a double for Toby Crusher and a single to Nick Bowes. In reply Ian Johnson won two and Ken Darby one, plus the doubles. Playing catch up Hutton B had a profitable week first defeating Amotherby A  6-4 with Chris Parker, Ollie Braithwaite and Andrew Grayson scoring two each thwarted only by Ian Johnson who also paired up with Richard Brown to win the doubles. In their 2nd match Hutton B romped to a 9-1 victory against Ryedale F thanks to trebles from Andy Grayson and Ollie Braithwaite plus a brace for Eddie Prest who all had too much experience over Rob Williams, John Draper and Pete Whitfield (1).  

Div.3 leaders Ryedale G held on comfortably for a 6-4 win against Westow with Alan Kimber undefeated, a brace to John Ellis plus a single for Dan Stansfield. In reply Sara Winn-Darley won two and John Clayton one, with Colin Payne drawing a blank. Hutton C's Chris Parker took the honours with a treble and with Heather Donald and Angela Parker recording a single each plus the doubles they won 6-4 against Ryedale H who replied with a brace apiece from Ian Hutchison and John Stott, leaving Susan Hallett winless. Rillington had their best result of the campaign whitewashing Amotherby C but none of the games were clear cut and Phillip Horton, Chris Needham and Kieran Leckenby were pushed all the way by Alan Mitchell, Ruth Wilson and Jonathan Hill with no reward for their efforts.  

 Pat Swindell 

10/3/20

In Div.1 Hutton A played catch up gaining two convincing wins which puts them in pole position to retain their league title. First up was Whitby which saw talisman Tom Needham and Paul Young both in majestic form, undefeated, laying the foundations for a 9-1 victory. With Bob Evans and Barbara Kearney on the wrong end of 5 setters it was left to Dave Williams to avoid the whitewash by defeating Joel Wright (2). Next opponents were Ryedale A who were hoping to close the gap at the top but hope doesn't win matches as a treble from star man Joel Wright added to a brace each from Tom Needham and Paul Yong ensured they stay top of the tree, defeating Stephen Temple (1), John Flintoft (1) and Mike Fenby 8-2. Ryedale C were unable to trouble Coneysthorpe as undefeated pair Jo Suchecki and Russ Barton coupled with a brace to Dave Quinlan ensured they won 9-1 over Titch Temple, Andy Paton and Jan Bryan who got the notable scalp of Quinlan. Swinton were left frustrated at not being able to attain that next step as they fell to an 8-2 defeat against Whitby. Star man Bob Evans and Dave Williams enjoyed a better night with hat tricks apiece adding to Barbara Kearney's single having lost to Pat Swindell and Paul Cuthbertson.

Ryedale D have one hand on the division 2 title after routing stable mates Rob Williams, Pete Whitfield and John Draper of Ryedale F 10 nil. John Gascoyne, Chris Sharples and Barry Rudd showed their strength with no compassion as they look to go through the season without a loss. Five weeks have gone by since Ryedale E won and their woes continued when visitors Amotherby B went home after securing a 6-4 victory thanks to a man of the match display from Josh Blakeston and singles from Llinda Clarke and Andy Holmes. The Rye's stayed in touch with a brace to Mick Carter and solo efforts from Jean Wardman and Alan Kirkwood but Holmes and Blakeston took the doubles and a deserved win.

In Div.3 it's congratulations to Ryedale G who have accumulated 120 points and now cannot be overhauled as the league enters its final stages. Ros Thorpe with a pair adding to trebles from Harry Gascoyne and Alan Kimber confirmed  their quality with a near perfect display against Ryedale H's John Stott, Mike Askham and Ian Hutchison who saved the blushes with a single. The play-off position is still all to play for as both contenders Rillington (3rd) and Westow (2nd) clashed for their third and final encounter and with one win each they couldn't be separated finishing the match 5-5. Two evenly paired teams battled it out with Westow having the upper hand going into the doubles thanks to a brace each from John Clayton and Sara Winn-Darley plus a single to Colin Payne. Tom Brown with a 100% record responded with a hat trick and a Phillip Horton single before both paired up to take the doubles.       

 Pat Swindell 

14/3/20

In Div. 1 It's now a three horse race to the title with Hutton A a short head in front after winning 8-2 against Ryedale B thanks to a hat trick of wins for star man Tom Needham and Joel Wright plus a single to Jim Bailey. With Alec Hodgson falling away it was left to the Rye's Ed Wardman and Andrew Malley to secure a point each. Ryedale A with matches in hand and a theoretical chance of coming top bounced back from last week’s defeat to win 8-2 against their 'C' team. Stephen Temple led the way unbeaten adding to a brace each from John Flintoft and Mike Wheatley. Titch Temple stood alone winning two of his games with Alan Kirkwood and Jan Bryan unable to make an impression. Coneysthorpe had an uphill task against a resilient Whitby when Russ Barton withdrew after beating Stuart Brown. Jo Suchecki and Gareth Bryning added to the score with a brace each but John Hanson and Barbara Kearney struck back with a pair apiece before missing out in the doubles allowing Coneysthorpe a narrow 6-4 victory.

In Div.2  Congratulations to Ryedale D who, on drawing with Helmsley, clinched promotion. However it was Toby Crusher who took the honours for the opposition with a treble and with a double for Ruth Purseglove they looked to inflict a shock defeat on the leaders but a brace to Chris Sharples and singles for John Gascoyne and Andy Paton saw the home team battle back and save the day by taking the doubles. Down at the bottom Amotherby B took on Ryedale F and in a competitive match emerged victors 7-3 with player of the week Josh Blakeston unbeaten, a brace to Andy Holmes and a single for Janet Bailey. Ryedale's never say die attitude made sure this was not a walk over with Rob Williams deservedly taking a pair plus a single for Pete Whitfield with John Draper unlucky to lose all his games.

In Div. 3 Westow had an emphatic 9-1 win over Ian Dawson, Alan Mitchell and Jonathan Hill from Amotherby C. Trebles for both Sara Winn-Darley and Colin Payne plus a brace for Sarah Magson all on top form with only Dawson preventing a maximum haul. Rillington in their first season have more than held their own and are still in contention for the play-off position, after thumping Ryedale H 9-1 with only Mike Askham for the Rye's preventing a whitewash by beating Kieran Leckenby (2) but along with John Stott and Susan Hallett they had no answer against Phillip Horton and Eric Hall who both remained unbeaten. Ryedale G visited Amotherby D and always had the upper hand picking up another 8 points thanks to trebles from star man Alan Kimber and John Ellis plus a single for Dan Stansfield. For the opposition both Paula O'Donnell and Linda Clarke won one game each with Ellie Smith missing out in some close encounters.      

 Pat Swindell 

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