PRESS REPORTS 2018-9
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the RTTL the second half of the season got under way and in Div.1 Coneysthorpe's Dave Quinlan, Jo Suchecki and Tim Smith were all in impressive form as they routed Ryedale D 10 nil. The Rye's John Gascoyne, Andy Paton and Barry Rudd played to their full capabilities but found the opposition just too good. Hutton A visited Ryedale E and came away with a maximum haul after defeating Jean Wardman, Mick Carter and Alan Kirkwood. Paul Young for Hutton took the man of the match award ahead of Tom Needham and Jim Bailey. Ryedale C got the New Year off to a good start with a resounding 9-1 victory against Hutton B thanks to two unbeaten displays from Titch Temple and Jan Bryan with Barry Rudd securing a brace, Hutton's Eddie Prest and Mircea Voicu thankful to Ollie Braithwaite for avoiding the whitewash. Swinton had a battle royal against Ryedale B before running out 8-2 victors with both Pat Swindell and Paul Cuthbertson undefeated plus a brace to Dave Chugg. For the B team Alex Hodgson took a single pairing up with Ed Wardman to take the doubles. Whitby found Ryedale A in resolute form with John Flintoft, Mike Fenby and Titch Temple all winning two games each plus the doubles to return home 7-3, Barbara Kearney (2) and John Hanson (1) replying for Whitby.
In Div.2 Amotherby A were in cold blooded mood as they routed Barbara Johnson, Angela Parker and Matthew Bedford from Hutton C 10-0, Nick Knight, Richard Brown and Ken Darby inflicting the drubbing. Stablemates Amotherby B dominated their match against Westow winning 9-1, Josh Blakeston and Russ Grimshaw with trebles and a brace to Andy Holmes inflicting the defeat with only John Clayton replying for Westow. Helmsley visited Amotherby C and with strong performances from Ruth Purseglove (3) and Toby Crusher (3) plus a single to Nick Bowes they took the honours 8-2, Ian Dawson and Alan Mitchell replying for Amotherby. Whitby B took on Ryedale G and cruised to a 9-1 victory thanks to a trio of wins for Nick Campbell and Stuart Hurworth with Ken Benford clinching a pair. Alan Kimber replied for the Rye's with Harry Gascoyne and Rob Wilkinson thwarted. Undefeated Gavin Buckley was the star man for Ryedale F and with Pete Whitfield taking a brace and a solo effort from Andrew Dent they edged past a resilient threesome of Linda Clarke (2), Brad Colvin (1) and Andy Studdart from Amotherby D to win 7-3.Pat Swindell
In Div. 1 Swinton came away from Ryedale A with a well-deserved draw after John Flintoft and Mike Fenby with a brace each plus a Titch Temple single had led the way for the Rye's but star man Pat Swindell undefeated teamed up with Paul Cuthbertson (1) to take the doubles. Coneysthorpe still head the table after dominating their match with Ryedale E. Dave Quinlan, Joe Suchecki and Russ Barton were all-conquering against Andrew Malley, Mick Carter and Jean Wardman running out 10 nil victors. Hutton A in 2nd place won 8-2 against Ryedale C thanks to trebles from both Joel Wright and Paul Young with a single to Jim Bailey. Barry Todd found the going tough but Titch Temple and Jan Bryan secured a single each. Ryedale B should have had the upper hand against their D team but credit to Andrew Malley and Andy Paton with a brace each and with a Barry Rudd single they won the doubles to secure a 6-4 victory over Ed Wardman (2), Alec Hodgson (1) and Trevor Teasdale (1).
In Div.2 match of the week saw leaders Amotherby B visit Helmsley with the match swinging one way then the other. Hero for Helmsley was Ruth Purseglove with a treble and up and coming Toby Crusher a brace but determination from Josh Blakeston (2) and singles to both Richard Brown and Russ Grimshaw saw the fightback complete as they took the doubles to secure a draw. Ryedale F's Rob Williams, Gavin Buckley and Pete Whitfield all registered a brace before taking the doubles to record a 7-3 win over Amotherby C. With both Ruth Wilson and Alan Mitchell outperformed it was left to Ian Dawson to take all three points. Amotherby A cruised to victory 8-2 over Westow thanks to undefeated man of the match Ken Darby supported by Richard Brown and Nick Knight with a brace each. John Clayton replied for Westow who welcomed back Colin Payne after his early season tumble. Whitby whitewashed Hutton C 10-0. With one man down Barbara Johnson and Angela Parker were always on the back foot against Nick Campbell, Stuart Hurworth and Ken Benford. Ryedale G star man Harry Gascoyne (3) along with Alan Kimber (2) and John Stott (1) plus the doubles saw them overwhelm Amotherby D 7-3. Janet Bailey replied with a pair and a single to Ellie Smith with Andy Studdart missing out.
In Div.1 Coneysthorpe continue to lead the way after another flawless performance this time against lowly Hutton B. All credit to Ollie Braithwaite, Eddie Prest and Mircea Voicu for their all-round resolute effort but they succumbed to the power and quality of Dave Quinlan, Jo Suchecki and Russ Barton 10 nil. Whitby's away side of Dave Williams, Bob Evans and Barbara Kearney visited Ryedale D and the ever reliable trio emerged untroubled after routing Andrew Malley, Andy Paton and Barry Rudd in straight sets. Ryedale A had little trouble in overcoming their neighbours Ryedale E. John Flintoft, Mike Fenby and Mike Wheatley all recorded trebles before taking the doubles to win 10-0 against Jean Wardman, Mick Carter and Alan Kirkwood. Ryedale B suffered another crushing defeat this time at the hands of their C team. Out of sorts trio John Eastwood (1) Ed Wardman (1) and luckless Alec Hodgson were easy pickings for undefeated star man Titch Temple alongside Barry Todd and Jan Bryan who both scored doubles to romp home 8-2 victors.
In Div.2 Whitby B with a match in hand closed the gap at the top with a convincing win at Amotherby C. Contenders for the No1 spot, Nick Campbell and Stuart Hurworth remained unbeaten with Ken Benford securing a brace to record a 9-1 win against Ian Dawson (1) Ruth Wilson and Alan Mitchell. Leaders Amotherby B gave up three points, turning out only two players against Ryedale G. Fortunately Russ Grimshaw and Josh Blakeston proved too good for the Rye's Harry Gascoyne, John Stott and Rob Wilkinson with both players untroubled bagging the doubles for a 7-3 win. Amotherby A who have slipped down the ladder lately got back to winning ways with a hard fought victory over Ryedale F for whom Rob Williams and Gavin Buckley both overcame Nick Knight who was thankful that Ken Darby and Josh Blakeston were both untroubled to take maximum points and the doubles for a 7-3 victory.
In the Bower Cup Whitby A have reached the final beating Ryedale's F, G & C teams en route and now await the winners of the 2nd semi- final between Whitby B and Helmsley. First round losers of the Bower compete for the Plate which is contested as a three way round robin final with Amotherby B and Swinton awaiting the third finalist between Ryedale B and Amotherby C.
With five weeks left in Div.2 it's beginning to look like a four horse race for top spot. Amotherby B leading the way had a titanic match against 3rd place Whitby B eventually taking the spoils 6-4 after wining the doubles. Russ Grimshaw took the honours remaining undefeated supported by Josh Blakeston and Malcolm Sims with a single each. Nick Campbell and Stuart Hurworth kept the game alive with a pair apiece but along with Ken Benford the vital set eluded them. Helmsley now hold 2nd place after beating Westow 8-2. Ruth Purseglove led the way unbeaten alongside Toby Crusher and teammate Nick Bowes (1) who lost out to John Clayton and Sara Winn-Darley. Amotherby A's Nick Knight was out of luck losing all his games including two five setters as they took on Ryedale G's Alan Kimber, Harry Gascoyne and John Stott. Thankfully Ken Darby and Ian Johnson were both on the 100% mark pairing up to take the doubles and a 7-3 victory. Rob Williams (2), Gavin Buckley (3) and man of the match Pete Whitfield (3) for Ryedale F all excelled to overcome Hutton C's Angela Parker, Barbara Johnson and Mircea Voicu who got the only win. Amotherby C's Alan Mitchell (1) and Ian Dawson (2) teamed up to take the doubles but the match was already lost against their D team who had the cornerstone with a Linda Clarke treble plus a brace to Brad Collins and a single to Ellie Smith.
The league sadly has to announce the untimely death of Whitby's B's Nick Campbell, aged 60. Nick was a stalwart and champion for table tennis locally and in the Scarborough District but this was his first season in the Ryedale League. Our deepest sympathy goes out to all his family and table tennis colleagues. R.I.P.
In Div.1 Hutton A visited Ryedale B coming away with an 8-2 win. Inevitably it was Paul Young and Tom Needham, both undefeated, who held off the opposition. Team mate Jim Bailey defeated John Eastwood but found Ed Wardman and Alec Hodgson made of sterner stuff. Whitby A recorded a comfortable 7-3 victory over Ryedale C thanks to a trio of wins plus the doubles from John Hanson and Barbara Kearney. For the Rye's Titch Temple, Andy Paton and Jan Bryan gained consolation in beating Stuart Brown. Swinton had little trouble overcoming Ryedale E's Alan Kirkwood Mick Carter and Jean Wardman. Paul Cuthbertson took the man of the match award alongside Pat Swindell and Dave Chugg to record a 10-0 whitewash. Ryedale A inflicted the same score line entertaining Hutton B's Mircea Voicu, Eddie Prest and Ollie Braithwaite. John Flintoft was star man on a par with Stephen Temple and Mike Wheatley.
In Div.2 Whitby B v Amotherby A was postponed. Amotherby B entertained their D team players Ian Johnson, Ellie Smith and Linda Clarke who found the going tough against the leaders, eventually losing out to unbeaten star man Russ Grimshaw, alongside Andy Holmes and Malcolm Sims who both secured a brace each taking the doubles to win comfortably 8-2, Ian Johnson being the sole winner for the D team. Westow and Ryedale F share mid table so it was no surprise that this contest was a close encounter with Ryedale just edging the win 6-4 thanks to an unblemished performance from Rob Williams and with Gavin Buckley chipping in with a brace they paired up to take the doubles. For Westow both John Clayton and Colin Payne scored a single each with partner Sara Winn-Darley taking a brace, both won on the final end. Heather Donald made her debut for Hutton C against Ryedale G which didn't go well as both she and Barbara Johnson failed to win leaving it to Angela Parker to get on the score sheet with a brace. Taking the doubles the Rye's finally won 8-2 thanks to a John Ellis treble plus a brace each to Harry Gascoyne and John Stott.
In Div.1 Coneysthorpe with three matches remaining still hold top spot after defeating Ryedale B 8-2. Gareth Bryning stepped in and with Jo Suchecki remained unbeaten with Dave Quinlan only getting a single beaten by the Rye's Ed Wardman and John Eastwood. Hutton B's winless run continues after they lost to Whitby A 10-0. Mircea Voicu, Eddie Prest and Chris Braithwaite all succumbed to the overwhelming quality play from Dave Williams, Bob Evans and Barbara Kearney. Swinton just scraped over the line with a narrow 6-4 win at Ryedale C. A trio of wins for Pat Swindell proved decisive as the contest unfolded with teammates Paul Cuthbertson taking a brace and Dave Chugg a single. Andy Paton excelled for the C team with a double, pairing up with Titch Temple (1) to take the doubles with Jan Bryan unlucky to finish empty handed. Ryedale E welcomed back Dave Burnham after injury and he showed how much he has been missed when overcoming all three Ryedale D players which unfortunately was the only token resistance offered as Mick Carter and Jean Wardman caved in to Andrew Malley, John Gascoyne and Barry Rudd who then took the doubles for a 7-3 victory.
In Div 2 Amotherby B can see the winning post and promotion is theirs to lose after another very strong performance against their C team. The 9-1 victory was thanks to two star displays from Malcolm Sims and Josh Blakeston plus a brace to Andy Holmes. Ian Dawson got the consolation win with Alan Mitchell and Ruth Wilson frustrated not to get a set. Helmsley with two matches in hand still have a mathematical chance of catching the leaders. They ran out 8-2 victors against Ryedale F thanks to star player Ruth Purseglove once again undefeated ably supported by Nick Bowes with a treble and a single to Phil Trevelyan who was thwarted by the F's Rob Williams and Pete Whitfield, with Gavin Buckley unusually finishing empty handed. Amotherby A's opportunity of winning the title diminished after they dropped three points to Amotherby D. The A's Nick Knight, Ken Darby and Ian Dawson all scored a brace against Linda Clarke and Ellie Smith but had no answer to star man Ian Johnson with a creditable and well deserved treble.
In Div.1 top teams Coneysthorpe and Hutton A played two fixtures each with the main clash between themselves and it was current champs Hutton at the end of the night winning, on paper, resoundingly 10 nil. Gareth Bryning, Jo Suchecki and particularly Tim Smith who suffered two 5 set losses made sure that Joel Wright, Tom Needham and Paul Young had to fight for every point. Cementing their position as No.1 Hutton played Whitby A winning 8-2 thanks to two trebles from man of the match Paul Young and Tom Needham plus a single to Jim Bailey. John Hanson and Barbara Kearney replied for the sea siders which left Stuart Brown winless. A bruised Coneysthorpe visited Ryedale A for another tough match but not disheartened they knuckled down eventually winning 7-3 thanks to a treble from Jo Suchecki, a brace to Gareth Bryning and a Russ Barton solo effort. The Rye's points coming from John Flintoft (2) and Mike Fenby (1). Ryedale D and C couldn't be separated after a 5 all draw. John Gascoyne and Andrew Malley for the D team in good form with a brace each plus a single to Andy Paton. The C's not to be outdone saw Titch Temple and Jan Bryan take two apiece before pairing up to win the doubles. Swinton had a competitive match against Hutton B's Eddie Prest, Ollie Braithwaite and Mircea Voicu but with all the games going the home teams way Pat Swindell, Paul Cuthbertson and Dave Chugg remained undefeated on the night.
With just two matches played in Div.2 Helmsley took advantage to move into 2nd place with a 7-3 win over Ryedale G. Ruth Purseglove who should be plying her qualities in the 1st Division took the honours with another impeccable display once again supported by Toby Crusher with a double and one to Phil. Trevelyan. The Rye's battled all the way with Alan Kimber getting a deserved brace and John Ellis a single. Amotherby A played their final match of the season against stable mates Ian Dawson, Ruth Wilson and Allan Mitchell from the C team winning comfortably 8-2 thanks to star man Ken Darby with a trio of victories backed up by Richard Brown and Nick Knight with a brace each. Ian Dawson for the C team secured two wins with Ruth Wilson and Allan Mitchell missing out.
In Div. 1 Hutton A took advantage of their game in hand to play catch up and move top firstly with a 7-3 victory over Swinton, Joel Wright their star man undefeated plus two from Tom Needham, beaten by Pat Swindell and a single for Jim Bailey who lost against Swindell and Dave Chugg. The same trio then visited Ryedale D and came away with a 9-1 victory thanks to two unblemished displays from Tom and Joel with a brace to Jim, Andrew Malley for the D team taking a single to avoid a whitewash. Although title hopes are fading, Coneysthorpe kept in the hunt taking on Swinton and securing a 7-3 victory with Jo Suchecki, Dave Quinlan and Gareth Bryning all getting a brace each and the vital doubles. Swinton's Pat Swindell beat both Dave and Gareth with Dave Chugg overcoming Jo. Whitby A kept their winning streak going with a convincing 8-2 win at Ryedale B. Man of the match was unbeaten Dave Williams supported with a brace each from Barbara Kearney and Bob Evans who were beaten by the Rye's Ed Wardman and Alex Hodgson respectively. Hutton B's Ollie Braithwaite and Chris Parker were rewarded for some excellent play with a brace of wins each playing Ryedale D who were thankful to Andy Paton's treble and a single each to Barry Rudd and John Gascoyne, taking the doubles to win 6-4. Ryedale C had a comfortable victory over their E team, Jan Bryan, Titch Temple and Barry Todd all unbeaten against Mick Carter, Jean Wardman and Alan Kimber.
In Div.2 it was crunch time as leaders Amotherby B played their A team. In a highly competitive match swinging one way then the other the win was decided on the final doubles with the B team coming out 6-4 victors thanks to star man Russ Grimshaw with a vital treble and singles to Josh Blakeston and Malcolm Sims, Richard Brown with a brace and solo efforts from Ken Darby and Nick Knight just falling short. Whitby B entertained Helmsley who still have title ambitions and found both Ruth Purseglove and Toby Crusher in top form as they remained unbeaten and with Phil Trevelyan sneaking a single they ran out 8-2 victors against the home side’s Stuart Hurworth (1), Ken Benford (1) with Mike Stones missing out. Westow got a good result at Amotherby beating the D team 6-4 thanks to a Sara Winn-Darley treble and a brace to Colin Payne who paired up to take the doubles. Linda Clarke for the opposition got a brace with Andy Studdart and Ellie Smith both securing a single. Maximum hauls for Rob Williams and Pete Whitfield plus two to Gavin Buckley ensured that Ryedale F had a decisive win 8-2 over stable mates Ryedale G who replied with a solitary win to John Ellis plus the doubles.
In Div.1 Tom Needham, Paul Young, Jim Bailey and Joel Wright of Hutton A are once again crowned champions, for the third year running. They secured top spot by beating their B team stable mates Ollie Braithwaite, Chris Parker and Mircea Voicu 10 nil in the final match of the season thus ensuring that they couldn't be caught. Long-time leaders Coneysthorpe wrapped up their season with a 9-1 win at Whitby. Jo Suchecki, Dave Quinlan and Gareth Bryning couldn't have done any more in overcoming Stuart Brown, John Hanson and Barbara Kearney and will have to settle for a commendable runners-up place The heavy loss by Whitby left the gate open for Ryedale A to sneak into 3rd place as they won 7-3 against their B team. Star man Stephen Temple finished undefeated, with a brace to John Flintoft and a single to Mike Wheatley, leaving Ed Wardman with a creditable double plus a solo effort from Alec Hodgson resolute in defeat.
In Div.2 Amotherby B have lead the way consistently getting results week in week out but their objective to be top of the pile was in doubt right down to the final match but now Russ Grimshaw, Malcolm Sims, Josh Blakeston and Andy Holmes can take the plaudits after defeating Hutton C in comprehensive fashion 10 nil, taking the title by just three points from Helmsley who finish runners up after a valiant attempt to overhaul Amotherby just failed. Nick Bowes, Toby Crusher and Ruth Purseglove couldn't have done any more as they won 10-0 over Amotherby C's Linda Clarke, Janet Bailey and Andy Studdart, probably looking back on a season rueing the loss of some vital games. Ryedale F and Whitby B finished off the season with a 5-5 draw. Gavin Buckley for the Rye's scored a brace with Pete Whitfield and Rob Williams securing a single each. Whitby star man Stuart Hurworth's treble and a brace to Kevin Barleycorn put the away side in front but they couldn't hold on, missing out in the doubles. Westow doubling up matches missed out on both occasions firstly losing heavily to Ryedale G 9-1 with Colin Payne the solitary winner as along with Sara Winn-Darley and Sarah Magson they went down to Harry Gascoyne (3), John Ellis (3) and Ian Hutchinson (2). Their second match saw the same trio up against Amotherby C with Sara Winn-Darley and Colin Payne both winning two games each. However that wasn't enough as the C's man of the match Ian Dawson was undefeated with Alan Mitchell and Ruth Wilson grabbing a single each before taking the doubles for a 6-4 victory.
In the Bower Cup final Whitby A's Barbara Kearney, Bob Evans and Dave Williams narrowly overcame Nick Bowes, Toby Crusher and Phil Trevelyan 5.5 to 3.5. Each player handicapped according to their ranking ensured that all the games were evenly contested with a win or loss separated by just a couple of points. Congrats to both teams for such an entertaining final showcasing the qualities of table tennis in Ryedale.Pat Swindell