9th October 2021 League Roundup 1
As a result of the pandemic the Ryedale Table Tennis League has been hit hard losing six teams from the last season 18 months ago, reducing the 1st division to 6 teams playing each other 4 times and the 2nd division with 10 teams playing on a home and away basis.
In Div.1 Swinton welcomed Ryedale C which on paper looked a banker for a draw but the odds were turned in favour of the home team when both Adam Ridley and Paul Cuthbertson, unbeaten on the night, both overcame the C's tallisman Titch Temple in five. This ensured a 6-4 victory over Temple, Ruth Purseglove and Jan Bryan who all sealed a win each over a rusty Dave Chugg, before Temple/Pursglove took the doubles.
Newly promoted Ryedale D found the going tough at Coneysthorpe who ran out comfortable winners 10 nil, thanks to flawless displays from Dave Quinlan, Gareth Bryning and Russ Barton overcoming John Gascoyne, Andy Paton and Barry Rudd who all found the opposition too hot to handle.
Tina Wright and Barbara Kearney made their debuts for Ryedale A playing alongside veteran John Flintoft as they took on their B team and enjoyed a profitable match running out 8-2 victors thanks to a star performance from Wright and a brace each for Flintoft and Kearney, the ladies rounding off the night by taking the doubles. In reply Ed Wardman and Mike Fenby pushed their stablemates all the way to take a single each with Andrew Malley still to shrug off the cobwebs.
In Div.2 Amotherby A got their season underway against Ryedale H with a convincing 9-1 romp. Both Alexander Milanov and Malcom Sims hit trebles backed up by Andy Holmes with a double. Several games went to four but Mike Askham and Ian Hutchinson couldn't find those extra points, leaving it to Eric Bell to avoid the whitewash.
Pete Whitfield was star man for Ryedale F with a stand out performance, supported by Andrew Dent and John Draper with a brace each plus the doubles as they overcame Amotherby C's Barry Sunley(2), Ruth Wilson and Barbara Johnson 8-2.
Westow and Amotherby B's match was a close entertaining encounter, eventually falling in Amotherby's favour thanks to an impressive treble from newcomer David Gamble and a double for Ken Darby both taking the doubles to secure a narrow 6-4 victory. A brace for Colin Payne and singles to Sara Winn-Darley and Fiona Hewitt over Rosie Gamble ensured the match was keenly contested.
Ryedale E fielded a strong team of Alan Kirkwood, Barry Todd and John Ellis and they proved too strong for Amotherby D's Andy Studdart and Ellie Smith but seasoned player Linda Clarke's golden display saw her scalp all three before going down 7-3.
It was a tough night for Rillington B's Steve Ellis, Kieran Leckenby and Chris Brown at Ryedale G and with nothing going their way, the home team prevailed 9-1, thanks to a trio of wins for Jean Wardman and Mike Askham plus a brace for Paula O'Donnell. In reply Chris Brown got the only win when the team deserved more.
16th October 2021 League Roundup 2
In Div. 1 there were big wins for three of the Clubs. Firstly, Ryedale A ,who overcame their 'D' team 10-0, but the whitewash wasn't as clear cut as the score suggests with John Gascoyne, Andy Paton and Barry Rudd all taking games from the opposition even down to the crucial final leg. However in the end Tina Wright, Barbara Kearney and John Flintoft showed their quality, as a team who will be contesting the top spot come the end of the season.
To be a title contender you need to win the vital games and Coneysthorpe did just that against Ryedale C. Gareth Bryning, Dave Quinlan and Russ Barton were pushed all the way by the Rye's Titch Temple, Ruth Purseglove and Andrew Malley, but came out top every time to record a 10-nil victory.
Swinton could be the team to upset a few apple carts this season as they overcame Ryedale B's Mike Fenby, Mike Wheatley and Ed Wardman 9-1.It wasn't all plain sailing as Pat Swindell fell to the resilient Mike Fenby before recovering to take a brace. Fenby was also unfortunate to loose out to Paul Cuthbertson and Adam Ridley in five, both players showing there competitive edge to record maximum points.
In Div.2 a tight match between Ryedale H and Westow saw the home team scrape a 6-4 win thanks to star man Mike Askham with a treble, a brace to Ian Hutchinson and a single for Harry Gascoyne. Westow fought back with a pair to Sarah Winn-Darley plus a single for Colin Payne with Fiona Hewitt battling hard to no avail.
A 6-4 victory for Ryedale F over Amotherby B was a team effort as Pete Whitfield, Rob Williams and Andy Dent all won a brace each. David Gamble replied with two and Ken Darby a single, pairing up to take the doubles, with novice Rosie Gamble still finding her feet and missing out as she continues to improve.
Wendy Prest (2) and Eddie Prest (1) returned to the fold and along with Alan Kirkwood (2) they fought out a draw, 5-5 against Amotherby A who were thankful to man of the match Alexander Milanov with a treble and a Andy Holmes solo effort, before taking the doubles. Simon Milanov putting in a creditable display without reward.
Rillington A opened their account with a thumping 10-nil win over Amotherby C's Barbara Johnson, Alan Mitchell and Barry Sunley who found Tom Brown, Philip Horton and Chris Needham firing on all cylinders to seal the victory.
Amotherby D's Chris Gamble and Janet Bailey both recorded trebles and with Andy Studdart's brace they overcame Rillington B 8-2 for whom Nick Booker won one, pairing up with Chris Brown to take the doubles. Steve Ellis performed well finding the opposition hard to beat.
23rd October 2021 League Roundup 3
In Div. 1 Ryedale A entertained arch rivals Coneysthorpe and immediately went three up thanks to Stephen Temple, Tina Wright and Barbara Kearney. The Coneys Gareth Bryning fought back to take the 4th over Temple, but Tim Smith and Dave Quinlan couldn't keep up the pressure, as Ryedale won the next four games to open up an unassailable lead. In the end the match finished 7-3 to the Rye's with star man Wright unbeaten with a pair each for Temple and Kearney. The opposition rueing the fact that they lost four of the six games that went to five; gaining some consolation by taking the doubles.
At Ryedale the 'B' and 'C' teams couldn't be separated until the final two games, as the match see-sawed back and forth. A brace to the B's Ed Wardman, plus singles for Mike Fenby and Andrew Malley not enough as Titch Temple and Ruth Purseglove both won twice before Jan Bryning took the crucial final single adding to the doubles for a 6-4 win.
Swinton won 8-2 against Ryedale D thanks to man of the match Pat Swindell with a treble and two each for Paul Cuthbertson and Dave Chugg who both lost out to the never give up attitude of Andy Paton. Barry Rudd and John Gascoyne full of endeavour in an uphill battle.
In Div.2 Rillington A always had their noses in front against Amotherby B thanks to man of the match Tom Brown with an impeccable performance supported by a Chris Needham brace and a single to Philip Horton as they overcame Amotherby B's Ken Darby (2), Richard Brown (1) and Dave Gamble 7-3.
Ryedale F had little trouble in overcoming Westow, as seasoned players John Ellis, Barry Todd and Alan Kirkwood all recorded trebles as the team went on to win 9-1 over Sara Winn-Darley, Colin Payne and Fiona Hewitt who gained consolation taking the doubles.
In the past Amotherby A would have been a division above Rillington B but a reduced league has pitted them together and the B's Nick Booker, Steve Elliott and Chris Brown all found the going tough as Alex Milanov and Andy Holmes both recorded trebles on the way to a 7-3 victory, alas forfeiting 3 points for being a player short .
Ryedale H got over the winning line taking the last five games on the trot to secure an 8-2 victory over stablemates Ryedale F. Alan Kimber took the nights honours along with Ian Hutchinson plus two for Eric Bell. Rob Williams (1), John Draper and Andy Dent's never give up philosophy rewarded with the doubles.
6th November 2021 League Roundup 4
In Div.1 Swinton just failed to upset the Ryedale A applecart going down 6-4 against the league leaders who sealed their win taking the final doubles. Swinton's prime asset Adam Ridley took the nights honours winning all his games with Pat Swindell recording a single. Dave Chugg shrugged off the cobwebs to put in a competitive response but Stephen Temple and John Flintoft both in fine form responded with a brace each plus a Barbara Kearney single.
Only three games were won in three straight as Ryedale B and Coneysthorpe fought out a keenly contested match but dogged determination coupled with skill by the Coney's star man Gareth Bryning and Joe Suchecki both undefeated and a brace for Dave Quinlan saw them run out flatteringly 9-1 winners. Mike Wheatley replied for the Rye's on a night when for Mike Fenby and Ed Wardman the ball never fell on the right side of the net.
In Div.2 Rillington B's Chris Brown, Steve Ellis and Kieran Leckenby are all finding the going tough and in this match against Ryedale F a result which was hard to take. Four games went to the final decider of which they won none, allowing Pete Whitfield, Rob Williams and Andrew Dent off the hook to secure a 10 nil victory.
Keep plugging away lads it will come.
Amotherby D had an excellent result against their A team drawing 5-5, thanks to Chris Gamble's man of the match treble, backed up by Linda Clarke with a single, pairing up to take the vital doubles. Battling to stay in the game Alex Milanov and Malcolm Sims scored a brace and Simon Milanov a single as they all beat Janet Bailey.
Ryedale E's Alan Kirkwood, Barry Todd and John Ellis all overcame Rillington A's Chris Needham but that was as good as it got as Tom Brown and Philip Horton took full control to remain undefeated on their way to a 7-3 victory.
Ryedale G's Mike Askham and Alan Kimber were both in prime form against Westow winning all their matches against Sara Winn-Darley, Colin Payne and Fiona Hewitt and with Paula O'Donnell securing a single they ran out comfortable victors 8-2.
Ryedale H strolled to a comfortable win 9-1 over Amotherby C thanks to Ian Hutchison and Alan Kimber with a trio of wins plus a brace for John Stott on his first appearance of the season. Barbara Johnson offering the solitary resistance as Alan Mitchell and Ruth Wilson failed to win.
20th November 2021 League Roundup 5
In Div.1 Swinton came down to earth with a bump losing out to Coneysthorpe 8-2. The Coney's Gareth Bryning was the star man undefeated, still on 100% taking the scalp of Adam Ridley. Dave Quinlan and Joe Suchecki consolidated the win with a brace apiece, leaving both Paul Cuthbertson and Pat Swindell empty handed.
Stephen Temple, Barbara Kearney and Tina Wright for Ryedale A march onwards after defeating Ryedale D 10 nil. John Gascoyne, Barry Rudd and Tony Kemp all gave a good account of themselves pushing the opposition all the way to ensure that this was not a walk in the park, even if the final score suggests otherwise.
Isolation once again caused the pp of Swinton v Ryedale.
In Div 2 Ryedale E Were in outstanding form as they overcame a strong Amotherby B 7-3 thanks to unblemished wins for Alan Kirkwood and Barry Todd with Eddie Prest chipping in with a single. Richard Brown and Dave Gamble recorded a win each plus the doubles leaving Ken Darby empty handed.
High riding Rillington A got a shock, suffering their 1st defeat of the season 6-4 against Ryedale G. Man of the match Alan Kimber remained undefeated backed up by team mates Jean Wardman with a brace and a single to Mike Askham. In reply Kieran Leckenby lost all his sets leaving Tom Brown (2) and Philip Horton (1) to gain consolation in the doubles.
Amotherby D in the end had a comfortable win over Ryedale F 7-3. After the first few games it was even stevens but Chris Gamble with a trio of wins, Linda Clarke a brace and Ellie Smith with a single pulled away to overcome Andy Dent (2), Pete Whitfield (1) and John Draper.
Westow’s Sara Winn-Darnley was the only winner as her team entertained a confident Amotherby A who displayed a solid team performance with trebles each for Alex Milanov and Malcolm Sims plus a brace for Simon Milanov to run out 9-1 victors leaving Colin Payne and Fiona Hewitt winless.
Another all round display saw Amotherby C overcome Rillington B 7-3 thanks to star man Barry Sunley who set them on their way, unbeaten on the night, plus a pair for Alan Mitchell and a solo effort from Ruth Wilson they dispatched a determined David Leckenby (2), Steve Ellis (1) and Nick Booker who battled on for no reward.
27th November League Roundup 6
In the quadrilogy of matches being played in Div.1 this season Coneysthorpe reaped revenge on Ryedale A after defeat in their 1st round encounter winning 6-4. The Coney's Dave Quinlan who lost all his games was thankful that star man Russ Barton was in unplayable form recording what turned out to be a vital trio of wins over Stephen Temple, Barbara Kearney and Tina Wright. Although Gareth Bryning lost his 100% record, to Wright in five sets, the crucial fourth being won 22-24.! he did go on to take a brace, pairing up with Barton to seal the win,
An evenly contested match saw Ryedale C get the better of thier B team taking the match 6-4 thanks to an unbeaten display from Titch Temple with Ruth Purseglove getting a brace. A pair for Mike Wheatley and singles to Mike Fenby and Ed Wardman saw them battle back but had no answer to Temple and Jan Bryan in the doubles.
Swinton got back to winning ways recording a whitewash over Ryedale D. In a highly competative and entertaining match Swinton's Adam Ridley, Paul Cuthbertson and Pat Swindell always had the upper hand over John Gascoyne, Andy Paton and Barry Rudd.
In Div. 2 Rillington A visited Amotherby D and found Chris Gamble on top form winning all his games but that was as good as it got for the home side as Phillip Horton, Chris Needham and Tom Brown all scored a brace each overcoming Ellie Smith and Linda Clarke to go home 6-4 victors.
Ryedale H's Alan Kimber, Ian Huchison and Eric bell all won a game each and took the doubles but it wasn't enough as star player Wendy Prest remained undefeated and with hubby Eddie taking a brace plus a John Ellis single they won 6-4.
Another solid display saw Amotherby A overcome Ryedale F 7-3 thanks to a trio of wins from Malcolm Sims and a pair each for Simon Milanov and Andy Holmes which left Pete Whitfield and Andy Dent winless leaving Rob Williams (2) to restore some pride before taking the doubles with Dent.
Ryedale G had a comfortable win over Amotherby C 8-2, as Jean Wardman and Mike Askham both remained undefeated with Paula O'Donnell chipping in with a brace. Ruth Wilson and Barbara Johnson were unlucky not to win a game leaving Barry Sunley to save face plus the doubles.
Rillington B still remain winless going down 9-1 in their recent match with Amotherby B. Steve Ellis recorded the solitary single with Keiran Leckenby really unlucky to come away with nothing alongside Chris Brown. For Amotherby Richard Brown notched a treble with a brace to Dave Gamble and Ken Darby.
4th November League Roundup 7
In Div. 1 Ryedale C's Titch Temple, Ruth Purseglove and Jan Bryan travelled to 'The Fridge', aka Coneysthorpe and were well and truly frozen out by the home team. Gareth Bryning took the nights honours though it could quite easily have been given to either Jo Suchecki or Russ Barton as they all proved too good recording a maximum score of 10 nil. For numerours reasons Ryedale C v Ryerdale A, Ryedale B v Ryedale D and Swinton v Coneysthorpe were all postponed.
In Div.2 Ryedale H had a good old tussle with Rillington B with seven games going to four or more. The Rye's in the end though showed their experience to overcome the opposition 8-2 thanks to a hattrick of wins for Alan Kimber, with a brace each for John Stott and Ian Huchison. Kieran Leckenby, so unlucky last week to lose all three, struck back to take two games which left Chris Bown and Nick Booker winless.
Amotherby B's Dave Gamble battled away to no avail missing out in two 5 setters, he finished winless, which proved to be pivotal on the night. His team mate Richard Brown was the star man on the night with a trio of wins but with Ken Darby only taking a single it enabled the opponents Ryedale G to take the innitiative with Jean Wardman and Mike Askham both scoring doubles and with Dan Stansfield geting a single it left them to take the doubles and scrape over the line 6-4.
Amotherby D gained the upper hand from the off, taking four of the first five games and after that never looked likely to lose as they ran out eventual victors 7-3 over their C team. for whom Janet Bailey proved too hot to handle with an unbeaten display supported by a double from Ellie Smith and an Andy Studdart solo effort. Barry Sunley with a brace and an Alan Mitchell single just not enough as Barbara Johnson ended up winless.
It was a treble, double and a single of wins respectively for Ryedale F's Rob Williams, Andy Dent and John Draper which ensured their win 7-3 over Westow in an entertaining night of tennis. Fiona Hewitt fought tenaciously throughout but in the end struggled to match her opponents missing out in all her games leaving it to Sara Winn-Darley to step up and record a brace with a solo effort from Colin Payne.
11th December League Roundup 8
In Div.1 at the Ryedale Club it was D v C and it proved to be a stand out display but with both teams evenly matched it needed that rub of the green to go somebodies way and that proved the case, with four five setters all falling into the hands of the C team thanks primarily to Ruth Purseglove's treble and Jan Bryan's brace with a single to Titch Temple. In reply Chris Gamble, stepping up, showed his quality with a couple of wins and a solo effort from Andy Paton but with Barry Rudd drawing a blank it finished 3-7.
Top of the pile Coneysthrope march on in imperious form, this time demolishing a depleted Ryedale B. With quality players to draw on the Coney's Dave Quinlan, Joe Suchecki and Tim Smith dazzled infront of Andy Paton, Andrew Malley and Ed Wardman and in the blink of an eye it was game set and match 10 nil.
Swinton unable to raise a team conceeded defeat to Ryedale A.
In Div.2 Amotherby played catchup resulting in mixed fortunes. First up against their C team it was a mainly untroubled affair as both Alexander Milanov and Malcolm Sims remained undefeated and with Andy Holmes contributing a brace they cruised to victory 9-1 over Alan Mitchell, Barbara Johnson and Barry Sunley who saved the teams blushes with a single.
Two nights later it was down to earth with a bump as they took on Rillington A who had Tom Brown and Phillip Horton on top form as they both demolished the opposition with trebles apiece. Unfortunately Chris Needham couldn't match his teammates losing out to both Milanovs, Alexander and Simon along with Malcom Sims but by then it was game over 9-1.
Ryedale E's formidable threesome Eddie and Wendy Prest plus Alan Kirkwood made short shrift of their match against newcomers Rillington B as with quality and years of experience they prevailed 9-1 with the Prest's joint maximums, with a double for Kirkwood it left Nick Booker and Steve Ellis empty handed with Chris Brown avoiding the whitewash.
Ryedale H's solid all round team performance set them on their way to an emphatic victory over stable mates Ryedale G whose only show of defiance came from Jean Wardman as Dan Stansfield and Paula O'Donnell secumbed to star player Alan Kimber with a trio of wins and a brace apeice for Ian Huchison and Eric Bell who paired up to take the doubles and go home 9-1 winners
24th December League Roundup 9
In Div.1 Coneysthorpe, having played two matches more than their rivals, sit top of the tree at Christmas after defeating Ryedale C 7-3 thanks mainly to Gareth Bryning who took the plaudits remaining unbeaten on the night. After that it was a backs to the wall fight for Russ Barton who overcame Ruth Purseglove and Jan Bryan before loosing to Titch Temple and Jo Suchecki found both Temple and Purseglove to hot too handle taking only a single off Bryan.
Ryedale A couldn't close the points gap as they also won 7-3 against Ryedale D with John Flintoft the stalwart of a slightly depleted team, calling up Titch Temple and Ruth Purseglove who didn't let the side down both winning a brace each. Barry Rudd promised much but faded away leaving Andy Paton and Chris Gamble to take a win each plus the doubles.
In Div. 2 match of the week saw Ryedale H defeat Amotherby A as the games see-sawed it was the Rye's that got the upper hand eventaually taking the final three games to secure a 6-4 victory thanks to a brace each from Alan Kimber and Ian Huchison plus, a single for Eric Bell and the vital doubles. In reply the Milanov's, Alexander and Simon both lost two leaving Malcolm Sims to win a pair.
Amotherby D scrapped a draw against Ryedale E by taking the final doubles, the villages thankful to Chris Gamble with a treble plus a single for Linda Clarke, leaving Janet Bailey empty handed. In reply the Prest's, Eddie and Wendy showed their quality with a brace apiece plus a John Ellis single.
Ryedale G eased their way to victory against Rillington B 7-3 thanks primarily to Jean Wardman and Mike Askham both undefeated with a single for Paula O'Donnell. In reply Nick Booker and David Leckenby recorded a single each with Steve Ellis and Leckenby taking the doubles.
Barry Sunley for Amotherby C kept his team afloat by winning all his games but that was as good as it got as Barbara Johnson and Alan Mitchell were both put to the sword by Ryedale F's Rob Wiliams, Andy Dent and Pete Whitfield who all won two on a night when the final score could have been so different 'if' the five setters had gone another way.
24th January League Roundup 10
In Div.1 Swinton took advantage of the Xmas break to catch up on two matches, firstly against Ryedale C they won thanks mainly to Adam Ridley and Pat Swindell who both remained undefeated before pairing up to take the doubles to secure a comfortable 7-3 victory. Ruth Pursglove, Titch Temple and Jan Bryan ensurred that it wasn't all plain sailing as they all overcame Dave Chugg.
Ryedale B were next up and found Pat Swindell and Adam Ridley again on top form winning all their games plus a single from Dave Chugg who secumbed to both Mike Fenby in five and Andy Paton in straight sets leaving Ed Wardman empty handed and an 8-2 defeat.
In the New Year fixture Swinton played Ryedale D winning 9-1 in what was a very competative match but Adam Ridley and Pat Swindell proved too strong for Andy Paton, Chris Gamble and Barry Rudd. Dave Chugg chipped in with a brace before losing out to Gamble in five.
Ryedale B's Mike Fenby and Chris Gamble forfeited three points which proved costly as they narrowly went down 6-4 to their C team who scrapped home thanks to doubles from Titch Temple and Ruth Purseglove plus a single for Jan Bryan.
In Div. 2 Amotherby A turned up with just two players but still managed to scrape a draw against Ryedale E thanks to an unbeaten display from Alexander Milanov and a single for Andy Holmes plus the doubles. The Rye's fought back with a brace each for Ilhoo Llondghomo and Wendy Prest plus a single from Eddie Prest.
Rillington B recorded their 1st win of the season defeating Amotherby D 7-3 thanks to an all round team performance from Kieran Leckenby with a treble and a brace each for Chris Brown and Nick Booker. With Andy Studdart and Ellie Smith winless it was left to Janet Bailey to save some pride with a pair.
Richard Brown, Dave Gamble and Ken Darby for Amotherby B all won two games each before taking the doubles as they overcame Ryedale F 7-3. John Draper was edged out leaving Andy Dent to record a brace and Rob Williams a single.
A solid team display saw Ryedale G out play Amotherby D thanks to Mike Askham winning all his games, supported by Jean Wardman and Dan Stansfield with a brace each. For the villagers Linda Clarke fought back to win two leaving Janet Bailey and Andy Studdart empty handed.
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In Div.1 Ryedale D got their 1st win of the season defeating Ryedale B 7-3 who only had two players thus forfeiting 3 points, before Mike Fenby took a brace and Ed Wardman a single but after that it was downhill as Chris Gamble put in a flawless display backed up by Andy Paton with a brace and a single for John Gascoyne.
Ryedale A just got past the winning post 6-4 as they took on Ryedale C with Stephen Temple underpinning the team with a treble supported by Barbara Kearney with a double and a single for John Flintoft. Ruth Purseglove (2), Titch Temple (1) and Jan Bryan contested every game before taking the final doubles.
For Swinton it was a case of 'what might have been' against leaders Coneysthorpe. Once again Adam Ridley took the honours as he remained undefeated but with Pat Swindell on the wrong side of three five setters and Dave Chugg also falling short in five it left the door open for Gareth Bryning, Tim Smith and Dave Quinlan to all win two and take the doubles for a thankful 7-3 victory.
In Div.2 Rillington A moved into 2nd spot after winning two matches. Against Amotherby B Tom Brown took the honours remaining unbeaten backed up by Chris Needham with a brace and a single for Phillip Horton as they overcame Ken Darby (2), Richard Brown (1) and a luckless Dave Gamble 7-3.
Rillington's threesome had an easier passage entertaining Amotherby C as they all ended the night undefeated against Barbara Johnson, Alan Mitchell and Barry Sunley who was unfortunate to lose two 5 setters.
Rillington E hold onto top spot after winning 9-1 against Westow thanks to a trio of wins from IIhoo Lhondghomo and Alan Kirkwood with a brace for Eddie Prest with Colin Payne and Fiona Hewitt out classed it left Sara Winn-Darley to take a point and avoid the whitewash.
Ryedale F might have hoped for a closer encounter against stablemates Ryedale H but lady luck wasn't on their side as Ian Hutchison and Alan Kimber scored maximums and a Dan Stansfield double. A luckless Rob Williams lost all his games on the 5th end (11-9,15-13 14-12), with Pete Whitfield drawing a blank it left John Draper to avoid the drubbing with a solo effort.
5th February League Roundup 12
In Div.1 Ryedale A left Swinton mighty relieved to have survived and escape with a draw. With Dave Chugg once again missing out in five setters it was left to star man Adam Ridley to remain unscathed teaming up with Pat Swindell, who defeated John Flintoft, to take the doubles after Stephen Temple and Barbara Kearney for the Rye's both recorded a brace each.
Coneysthorpe march on at the top after whitewashing Ryedale B for whom Mike Fenby, Ed Wardman and Mike Wheatley resisted with defiance but in the end conceded to the quality of Dave Quinlan, Joe Suchecki and Gareth Bryning 10 nil.
In Div.2 Sara Winn-Darley proved to be the thorn in Rillington B's side as she remained undefeated and with a brace for Colin Payne they took the doubles to win 6-4, over Keiran Leckenby who replied with a brace and singles for Steve Ellis and Chris Brown.
Amotherby A forfeited 3 points leaving Alexander Milanov (2) and Andy Holmes (1) with an uphill task against Ryedale G and although they took the final doubles Jean Wardman had already struck three times, with a pair for Mike Askham plus a single to Dan Stansfield they ran out 6-4 victors.
Barry Todd returned to the Ryedale E fold and along with Alan Kirkwood won a trio of games with John Ellis chipping in with a couple as they ran out 8-2 winners over Ryedale F's Pete Whitfield, John Draper and Rob Williams (1) who on the night just didn't have the net or the table edge on their side.
Rillington A , barring a couple of hiccups, had little trouble in overcoming Ryedale H as they cruised to a 8-2 win. The Rye's Alan Kimber battled throughout to take the scalps of Phillip Horton and Chris Needham but the villagers held firm with a trio of wins for star man Tom Brown alongside Horton and Needham who defeated both Ian Hutchison and John Stott. Amotherby B were for the most untroubled playing their C team with both Richard Brown and Dave Gamble recording maximums and a Ken Darby a brace they strolled to victory 8-2. Alan Mitchell finished empty handed with Barry Sunley taking a single before pairing up with Barbara Johnson to take the doubles.
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In Div.1 Ryedale A had the upper hand going into the final doubles against table toppers Coneysthorpe but failed to grasp the opportunity losing out to Suckecki and Bryning in the doubles to finish the match 5-5. Prior to that the Rye's had taken the lead with doubles from John Flintoft and Barbara Kearney and a single for Titch Temple. The Coney's not to be oudone battled back with a trio of wins for Gareth Bryning and a solo effort from Tim Smith to set them up for the final end and scrape a draw.
Star of the match between Ryedale B and C was the B's Mike Fenby who remained undefeated backed up by Andrew Malley with a brace but with Ed Wardman failing to register it left the door open for Ruth Purseglove (2), TitchTemple (1) and Jan Bryan (1) to clinch the vital doubles and snatch a draw from the edge of defeat.
In Div.2 Ryedale E continue to hold top spot after a comfortable win over Amotherby B 8-2 thanks to Ilhoo Lhondghomo and Eddie Prest with a trio of wins each and Wendy Prest chipping in with a single. Rosie Gamble found the opposition too good leaving Richard Brown and Dave Gamble to take a single each.
Hot on their heals, with matches in hand are Rillington A who overcame a potential banana skin in Ryedale G but only Jean Wardman and Mike Askham could gain consolation points against Tom Brown, Phillip Horton and Chris Neadham as they steam rolled themselves to a comfortable 8-2 victory.
Amotherby D had a tense encounter against Ryedale F and found themselves ahead by one game going into the final doubles thanks to an unblemished display from Linda Clarke and a brace for Ellie Smith but with Janet Bailey missing out it left the door open for the Rye's to take the final doubles after Rob Williams (2), Pete Whitfield (1) and Andy Dents'(1) spirited performance ensurred a hard fought but well earned draw.
Amotherby C just got over the line 6-4 against Rillington B by winning the final doubles after Barry Sunley with a trio of wins and a brace from Alan Mitchell had put them in the driving seat. The villagers competative spirit saw them keep up the pressure with a brace from Chris Brown and singles for Nick Booker and Steve Ellis.
Westow welcomed Linda Scott back to the fold but both she and Colin Payne were unable to impress against a strong Amotherby A team with both Andy Holmes and Malcolm Sims undefeated and a double for Alexander Milanov they ran out worthy winners 9-1 leaving Sara Winn-Darley to save the blushes.
5th March Roundup 14
In Div.1 teams were affected by illness and players isolating due to covid so all matches were cancelled.
In Div. 2 an enthralling match was played out between table toppers Ryedale E and Ryedale H with six games going to the final set and a final score of 8-2 in favour of Ryedale E not reflecting the closeness of the match. The E's Ilhoo Lhondghomo and Alan Kirkwood pushed all the way finished undefeated adding to a John Ellis single. For the opposition Mike Askham's valient display went unrewarded leaving Alan Kimber and Ian Hutchison to record a single each.
Ryedale G won by the same score but with less trouble overcoming Amotherby C thanks to a solid team display from a flawless Mike Askham and a brace each for Jean Wardman and Paula O'Donnell. In reply Barry Sunley won two leaving Alan Mitchell and Barbara Johnson empty handed.
Amotherby A for the most part were untroubled playing Ryedale F eventually running out 9-1 victors with a trio of wins for both Alexander Milanov and Andy Holmes with a brace for Malcolm Sims. John Draper and Andy Dent gave their all to no avail leaving Pete Whitfield to save the teams blushes with a single.
Amotherby B's Dave Gamble and Ken Darby laid the foundations for an impressive wiin with perfect scores and with Rosie Gamble taking a single the sailed home 9-1 against Rillington B who on the night never got going leaving Chris Brown winless and only single wins each for Keiran Leckenby and Nick Brooker.
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In the final week of Div.1 fixtures with just two outstanding matches to be played Coneysthorpe hold an invincible lead and are crowned champions of the 21/22 season after cementing their position with a 9-1 win over a depleted Swinton who forfeited 3 points for a player short but that didn't take away the quality of Gareth Bryning (3), Dave Quinlan (3) and Russ Barton (2) who along with Joe Suchecki and Tim Smith have consistently outperformed the opposition to claim that No 1 spot.
Ryedale A will finish as runners-up once again ruing some inconsistent tennis over the season which lost them valuable points in such a tight duel at the top; however they had little trouble in routing Swinton 10 nil with Stephen Temple, Barbara Kearney and Tina Wright all undefeated against Pat Swindell and Dave Chugg.
A good week for bottom club Ryedale D who took on their 'C' team twice. The 1st match saw Andy Paton dominating the C's Titch Temple, Jan Bryan and Ruth Purseglove with a trio of wins ably supported by Chris Gamble with a brace and a single to the ever sprightly John Gascoyne. Temple with a double and Purseglove with a single paired up to take the doubles.
The 2nd match fared no better as Temple, Purseglove and Jan Bryan could only win one game each as once again Andy Paton remained undefeated, a pair for Chris Gamble and a single to Gascoyne saw them win 7-3 restoring pride in the team after a hard season.
In Div.2 with two weeks fixtures left Rillington A lead the way after a near flawless performance again Amotherby A thanks to trebles from Tom Brown and Phillip Horton and a couple for Chris Needham they rompt home 9-1 against Alex Milanov,
Malcolm Sims and Andy Holmes (1). Ryedale G were surprisingly held to a draw by Amotherby B as the G's Jean Wardman and Mike Askham scored doubles with Paula O'Donnell adding a single but the villagers roared back with a brace each from Dave Gamble and Ken Darby to pair up and take the doubles.
Ryedale F overcame Westow 9-1 with both John Draper and Andy Dent hitting trebles plus Rob Williams with a brace. With Colin Payne and Fiona Hewitt missing out on vital 5 setters it left Sara Winn-Darley to save the whitewash with a single.
Rillington B and Ryedale H had a good old tussle but the Rye's held the trump cards to win 8-2 with Alan Kimber undefeated and doubles each for Eric Bell and Ian Hutchison to see off the stubborn threesome of Chris Brown, Steve Ellis and David Leckenby who prevailed to win a brace.
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Div.1 saw the final two matches played with champions Coneysthorpe away to runners up Ryedale A and at the end of the night there was nothing to separate the duo as it finished 5-5. On a night of outstanding tennis and a credit to the Ryedale League John Flintoft for the Rye's took the plaudits with a trio of wins with Tina Wright and Stephen Temple taking singles. Not to be outdone the Coney's fought back as true title holders do with a brace each for Gareth Bryning and Dave Quinlan who paired up to secure the draw in a fitting finale to an excellent season.
Swinton wrapped up their last match with an emphatic 9-1 win over Ryedale B which saw Adam Ridley, Pat Swindell and Dave Chugg all undefeated. John Gascoyne, Andy Paton and Chris Gamble ensured it was no push over taking the final doubles and just reward for all their efforts.
In Div.2 the penultimate week saw Ryedale E keep up the pressure on leaders Rillington A with a 7-3 victory against the villagers B team thanks to star man Barry Todds unbeaten treble, plus a brace for John Ellis and a single to Eddie Prest. Chris Bown found the going tough but David and Kieran Leckenby dug in to take a brace and a single respectively.
3rd place Ryedale G suffered a crushing defeat at the hand of Ryedale H for whom Alan Kimber was on top form with a trio of wins backed by Eric Bell with a pair and a solo effort from Ian Hutchison. Jean Wardman struck back with a brace adding to a Dan Stansfield single but with Paula O'Donnell missing out Hutchison/Bell rubbed salt into the wound taking the final doubles.
Amotherby B demolished their D team in comprehensive fashion 9-1 thanks to undefeated displays from Richard Brown and Ken Darby adding to Dave Gambles double. With Linda Clarke and Ellie Smith drawing a blank it was left to Janet Bailey to save the whitewash.