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Evening Herald Reports 2017

31st May

Ladies

 

Div. 1    Josie Debnam and Katherine Bell teamed up together  for the first time this season and remained undefeated against Plympton A.  Debnam and Bell beat Lyn Helliwell and Joy Pellow 7-5,6-2, but dropped a set in defeating Alison Miles and Helen Wright 6-7,7-6,10-4, resulting in a first win for Plympton by 5-4. Ivybridge A had probably one of their strongest teams available and with all the team playing well they beat Devonshire A by 7-3.  Mia Loye and Nikki Reid won their events in straight sets but Abbi Skelley and Verity Holdsworth were on court throughout in beating Lorraine Lam and Georgia Jones 1-6,6-2,10-6, but losing by 6-4,3-6,7-10 to Lucy Ryland and Julie Chappell.   Kate Gibbons and Nikki Aitken conceded only five games against Looe A, and were unbeaten for St. Budeaux A, with the team winning by 6-2. The St.Budeaux second pair of Chanelle Belcher and Toni Lloyd, after winning their first event, then lost their consistency and were defeated 6-1,7-5 by Gil Bath and Jess White.

 

Div 2    Menheniot A are struggling for players but were well worth their first win, being successful at Tavistock A by 5-4. Zoe Harris and Dianne Burt beat Sue Parsons and Olga Rogers 7-6,6-3 and Hilary Picton and Wendy George 7-5, 6-3, with Janet Wright and Nona Markey getting the fifth point for Menheniot when beaten 5-7,6-4,10-6 by Parsons and Rogers.  An injury to Debbie Wilson of Hill Lane A meant a concession of two sets, but two straight set wins from Sandra O’Sullivan and Luisa Warring ensured a win for Hill Lane by 6-3. An all round, consistent team performance from Ivybridge B gave them a 7-4 win over Devonshire B. Annie Haigh and Julie Hullett won their events for Ivybridge, with Helen Cock and Gill Woodyear beating Sue Denham and Kate Brady 6-1,2-6,10-7, but losing by 0-6,6-4,8-10 to Tracey Stockton and Henrietta Fergurson.

 

Div. 3   Yelverton A started well at St Budeaux B, and led 3-2 at the halfway stage.  Sue Gale and Janet Butler then turned in an excellent display to beat Helen Smith and Wendy Sharland 6-2,6-1, and with Debbie Bradbury and Tania Belcher at last finding some form and winning a set, St. Budeaux won by 5-4,  with one set not played due to bad light.  After a defeat by 8-1 last week Plympton B reversed the score line, overcoming Tavistock B fairly easily by 8-1.  It was a long night for Nicola White and Penny Punch, who won all the three points for Ivybridge C, who lost 7-3 at Saltash A.  Unbeaten Noelle Boucherat and Felicity Wyman won four sets for Saltash, just beating White and Punch 7-6,4-6 10-7, with White and Punch coming from a set down to defeat Chris Bunney and Jill Cansfield 4-6,6-2,10-6.

 

Div.4     There was the ultimate 6-6 draw when Saltash B entertained Looe B.   Each of the four pairs won an event in three sets, with Looe the happier team, as they were away and 4-2 down at the interval. Not counting the four third set tie breaks, seventy two games were played. Mannamead B won by 6-4 at St. Mellion  thanks to Esther Pettit and Anna Tickle remaining unbeaten, but they only just kept ahead of Xiaobin Brown and Cindy Birch, by 6-2,5-7,13-11.

 

Div. 5   Two Devonport High School for Girls pupils, sisters 14 year old Beatrice and 12 year old Ursula Richardson, became the youngest ever pair to play in a senior team for the St.Budeaux club. The sisters played a steady and thoughtful game, and beat Carla Price and Sharon Raymond 6-2,6-2 and Caroline Thomas and Julie Dart 6-4,7-5, with St.Budeaux winning by 8-0.    Looe C were delighted to win by 8-0 against a   comparatively, inexperienced, Mannamead C team, whose game on the night did not deserve such a heavy defeat.

 

Men

 

Div. 1  James Scarr and Tom Fenton were in unbeatable form, as last season’s winners Ivybridge A, won by 5-4 at last season’s runners up Devonshire A.   Scarr and Sexton won by 6-2,6-3 against Chris Price and Stewart Barnes and by 6-3,6-4 against Phil Tucker and Steve Parker.  Michael Renovich and Jonathan Bushby won the fifth point for Ivybridge when beaten 6-4,5-7,10-8 by Price and Barnes.  St Budeaux A won for the first time also by 5-4, with four sets from Neil Hunt and Matt Redshaw clinching the win against Tavistock A.  Unbeaten   Mannamead A retain top spot, after a 6-2 win over Hill Lane A,  which included four sets from Ashley Reburn and Simon Poyner.

 

Div. 2   The newly strengthened Liskeard team are the pacemakers, with a fairly comfortable 7-2 win over St. Budeaux B.  The regular pairing of Andrew Jackson and Rob Kellagher won four sets for Liskeard, and for St. Budeaux, Ricky Palmer and Martin Hill beat Nick Line and Gareth George 4-6,6-2,10-7. The Plympton A second pair, Sam Raymond and Sam Hopper, took the honours at Plymstock A, by beating John Davies and Tim Randell 6-3,6-4, and Adam Randell and David Whitelock 6-2,4-6,10-5, but Plymstock won the match by 5-4.  Only Dave Richardson and Nigel Watson won sets for Looe A, against visitors Ivybridge B. Ivybridge had Sam Wilson and James Sexton in unbeatable form, and for Looe, Richardson and Watson beat Dan Korn and Joe Kellett 4-6,6-2,10-4.

 

Div. 3  Peter Bradley and Phil Harbottle dropped just four games, in an impressive showing for Tavistock B, in a 6-2 win over Saltash A. There was a first win for Yelverton A by 6-3 against Hill Lane A.  For Yelverton, unbeaten Tom Chiappe and Bob Verey recovered well, to beat Mike Bruce and Ricky Hitt 2-6,6-4,10-8, with Bruce and Hitt completing Hill Lane’s points with a 6-1,6-4 win over Andy Weymouth and Terry Leonard.

 

Div. 4  Bernard Lien- Lambert and Paul Matthews were on court for over three hours for Mannamead C against Newton and Noss. The marathon effort was worthwhile, as they beat  Jason Vosper and Eric Wilson 2-6,6-4,10-6 and Ron Cole and Rob Thomas 4-6,7-5,10-6, in a team win by 6-4.  It was a case of missed chances at St. Budeaux C, where Ivybridge C won by 7-3.  For St. Budeaux, youngsters Devlin Skinner and Adam Davidson lost six match points in the third set tie break, from 9-4 to be beaten 4-6,6-2,13-11, by a remarkable recovery from Harry Hargreaves and Leighton Starkie.  Hargreaves and Starkie then let a first set lead slip, when beaten 3-6,6-0,11-9  by Rob Cornish and Andy Conroy .

 

Div. 5  Jack Finnie and Richard Mitchell, of St. Budeaux D, had little trouble in winning their events in straight sets, in the 4-4 draw with Plympton C.  Not even the return of the well   stablished pair of veterans, Roy Barraclough and Roger Wratten, could save St.Mellion from an 8-0 loss at Devonshire B.

 

Div. 6     There was a superb debut for two Yelverton B youngsters, in the 5-5 away draw at Ivybridge D.  15 year old Tom Ferguson and 16 year old Matt Hillyard won three sets in beating Mark Owen and Keith Sexton 6-3,1-6,10-6 and losing 3-6,6-1,6-10 to Alan Donaldson and Paul Medlicott.

 

Other Results:    Mens Div. 3 - Mannamead B 8, Plympton B 1;   Div. 4 -Tavistock C1, Whiteford Road A 8;    Div. 7- Plympton D 5, Hill Lane D 5.

 

25th May

The worst weather for many years meant that nineteen matches were postponed on the first two days of week 3.

Mens

Div. 1.  One match did survive when Mannamead A went to Tavistock A.  Mannamead, who were in Division 2 last season, have made an impressive unbeaten start to life in the top division.   Their team has now been strengthened by the inclusion of Ben Knight, previously with Ivybridge.  Knight teamed up with Alex Cox and the pair won both their events. Andrew Leigh made his first appearance of the season and with Ashley Reburn played two three set events.   The pair did well to beat Keith Abbott and Peter Bradley 2-6,6-2,11-9,  but were defeated by Matt Smith and Luke Wakley 2-6,6-4,10-8. 

Div. 3.   After two defeats Yelverton A were far too good for the home team Tavistock B, coming away winners by 8-0. Two wins in straight sets, by Mike Bruce and Ricky Hitt, paved the way for a win by Hill Lane B over Mannamead B.  Phil Whitby  and Paul Matthews won two sets for Mannamead, beating Haider Al-Moussawi and Rob Antrobus 6-3,6-1.

Div. 4.    Bernard Lien-Lambert and Toby Clark dropped only six games, in an unbeaten performance against St. Budeaux C.  David Gale, in a rare appearance for St. Budeaux, partnered by Andy Conroy, came from a set down to beat Chris Watmore and Adam Short 2-6,6-3,10-5.  Tavistock C did only marginally better than the B team when they lost 8-1 at Ivybridge C.

Div. 6.   Completing an unwanted run for the club, Tavistock D made it four defeats in the week, as Ivybridge D won by 8-0.  Both Hill Lane C pairs put up spirited  resistance at Saltash B, but not  enough to prevent Saltash winning by 7-2.  Both the Saltash pairs played well, with the most consistent showing coming from Richard Miles and Ben Semmence who defeated Jack Powell and Dominic Horrell 6-4,6-4 and Marvelle Sebastian and Steve Randall, also by 6-4,6-4.

Ladies

Div. 3.  Yelverton A are off to a winning three match start, and in their third match won by 8-1, against Ivybridge C. The return of Helen Smith has meant that the team now has two scoring partnerships, and early form suggests they could be looking forward to a successful season.

Div. 4.   Pride of place, in the win by St. Budeaux C over Mannamead B, must go to Viv Sargeant and Sam Conroy who were unbeaten in the 6-3 victory.  Sargeant and Conroy were rarely in trouble in their wins over Alison Goodwin and Margaret Banyard by 6-1,6-1 and over Esther Pettit and Pauline Tsygikal by 6-4,6-0.  Both teams appreciated the sunny conditions at Hannafore Point, with Looe B even happier in a win by 8-1 over Hill Lane B.

Div. 5.  Mannamead C were delighted to secure a first win in the defeat of Plympton C by 6-3.  Izzy Moore and Cathy Bryan won four sets for Mannamead, with Plympton’s points coming from Vicky Finnegan and Carla Price, who beat Jo Jackson and Suzuko Reed 7-5,6-1 but lost to Moore and Bryan 6-4,1-6,10-8.  

 

18th May

Ladies

Div. 1         The two promoted teams, Looe A and Plympton A, both failed to score last week, but at least one of them would get off the mark this week as they met at Looe.  Last season Plympton  pipped Looe for the Division 2 title, but this week Looe A more than got their revenge.  In what was anticipated to be a close result, Looe were irrepressible, and won by the maximum 8-0.   The Looe team of Jess White, Gill Bath, Silvia Racca and Lindsey Fear were in top form and never conceded more than four games in any set.   Mannamead were again only able to include regulars Josie Debnam and Katherine Bell  of Division 1 standard, and although the stand in players  did their best, Devonshire A won by 8-0. It was much closer at St. Budeaux A where, in a hard fought match, Ivybridge A came away winners by 7-3.  Verity Holdsworth and Abbi Skelley were unbeaten for Ivybridge, but needed three sets to defeat Kate Gibbons and Nikki Aitken 6-3,3-6,10-4.

Div. 2

With Hilary Picton back in the team, Tavistock A recovered from last week’s loss, to beat visitors Hill Lane A by 6-3. Picton and Francis Lindsay won four sets for Tavvy, including fine 6-0,4-6,10-6 win over Sandra  O’Sullivan and Luisa Warring.   Linda Trebilcock and Sarah Brett were the form pair for Whiteford Road, but their four set wins were not quite enough at Devonshire B, who won by 5-4. The vital fifth point for Devonshire was secured by Tracey Stockton and Henrietta Ferguson in taking a set off Trebilcock and Brett, who won by 6-4,6-7,10-3.   Injuries have meant that Menheniot are struggling for players, but they did manage to find four, but it was a comfortable win for Ivybridge B by 8-0.

Div. 3

Helen Smith was back for Yelverton A, after a three years absence, and played a full part in a consistent  team performance at Saltash A, who were beaten 7-2.  Noelle Boucherat and Felicity Wyman won the points for Saltash with a 6-4,0-6,10-7, win over Ann Short and Angie Lynch.  St. Budeaux B continued their good start by defeating Plympton B 8-1.

Div. 4

Candy Birch and Xiaobin Brown displayed great determination and a good standard of play for St. Mellion at St. Budeaux C,  winning three sets, but the match was won by St. Budeaux by 6-3.   Mannamead B versus Looe B was another match where the unbeaten pair finished on the losing side.    Anna Tickle and Alison Goodwin won four sets for Mannamead, including a 4-6,6-4,10-6 success over Judi Greenbank and Sue Pearse, but Looe won by 5-4.

Div. 5

Yelverton B were 8-0 winners over Mannamead C and Looe C made it a hat trick of wins for the club by winning 6-4 at Plympton C.  Yet again the unbeaten pair Vicky Finnergan and Carla Price came from the losing team.

Men

Div. 1   With Alex Cox and Jakub Piernicki  in outstanding unbeaten form, promoted  Mannamead A defeated  Devonshire A by 6-2. The best win by Cox and Piernicki was 6-4,6-4 against Chris Ryland and Chris Price.    Ivybridge A had a much stronger team than last week and were full value for their 8-1 win over St. Budeaux A.    James Sexton and Sam Wilson of Ivybridge were in a class of their own, beating Neil Hunt and Matt Redshaw 6-2,6-1, and Ricky Palmer and Martin Hill  6-0,6-0.  Tavistock A, with two reserves included, lost by 6-2 to Hill lane A who had Glenn Richards and Ali Al- Moussawi unbeaten.

Div. 2

Plympton A needed four sets from Joe Thomas and Sam Hopper to win by 6-4 against St. Budeaux B.  Thomas and Hopper easily defeated Chris Williams and Jack Finnie 6-0,6-2, and just kept ahead in the tie break to beat Matt Lloyd and Karol Fisher 6-2,4-6,10-7.  Liskeard won for the second time when, with Rob Kellagher and John Ingham not dropping a set, Liskeard won by 6-3 at Ivybridge B.  John Davies and Tim Randell of Plymstock A had to recover from a set down to beat Dave Richardson and Nigel Watson of Looe A 4-6,6-4,10-7, but then outplayed  Des Hocking and Clive Poole 6-0,6-0, as Plymstock won by 6-3.

Div. 3

The Mannamead B match with Tavistock B lasted over three hours before Mannamead won by 7-2.   For Mannamead newcomer Ed Benjafield combined well with Phil Whitby, beating Pete Bradley and Pete Lohr 6-2,6-4, and Gordon Hillborn and Mike Baker 6-1,6-1.   Mike Bruce and Ricky Hitt won both their events for Hill Lane B in a 7-4 win at Plympton B.   Haider Al- Moussawi and Dom Horrell of Hill Lane, in two long events, beat Pete Horgan and Matt Hollick 1-6,6-1,10-4, but lost by 3-6,6-2,14-12 to Ben Battersby and Paul Robertson.  A third winning team scoring seven points were Saltash A, who defeated Yelverton A 7-3.

Div 4

The inclusion of Eric Wilson made all the difference to the Newton and Noss team, and partnered by Jason Vosper, the pair won both events in straight sets against St. Budeaux C.   It was not so easy for the home team second pair of Ron Cole and Rob Thomas.  Cole and Thomas came from a set down to beat winter league opponents Andy Jameson and Rob Cornish, 3-6,6-4,10-4, but failed to build on winning the first set when beaten 4-6,7-5,10-8 by Andy Conroy and Gary Symons.  Bad light meant one set not played at Whiteford Road A who, thanks to four sets from Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford, beat Ivybridge C by 6-4.   Mannamead C were too strong for the home team Tavistock C, winning by 8-0.

Div. 5

St Budeaux D drew 4-4 at St. Mellion, with Richard Mitchell and Adam Davidson winning St. Budeaux’s points. For St. Budeaux, 14 year old Davidson and 13 year old Troy Danbourne played well.  Adam Blain and Ming Dai won all the points for Plympton C when the team lost by 7-4 at Looe . Blain and Dai beat Nathan Toms and Toby Davis 6-2,3-6,10-6 and Terry Lewis and Richard Sayer 5-7,6-4,11-9.   Devonshire B recorded an easy 8-0 win at Mannamead D.

Div. 6    

Ivybridge D beat Saltash B 7-3, with Andy Copestick and Alan Donaldson unbeaten.   Both the Saltash pairs of Jon Jacobs and Martyn Hall and Richard Miles and Ben Semmence failed to win, after going one set ahead.

Other Results:   Div. 7  Whiteford Road B  8  Plympton D  0



11th May

For the first time for several seasons dry weather meant  there were no postponements to the fixture list.

Men

Division 1  -  Last season’s champions, Ivybridge A, sent what was perhaps an untried team to Tavistock A, with players having  little experience of the division 1 standard.    Promoted Tavistock A took full advantage, celebrating their return to the top division with a win by 8-1. Runners up last season, Devonshire A, got off to a winning start by defeating Hill Lane A by 7-2.  Chris Ryland and Chris Price were in unbeatable form for Devonshire, with Rory Harries and Ali Al- Moussawi taking the two points for Hill Lane, with a 6-3,2-6,10-5  win over Stewart Barnes and Steve Parker.  The other promoted team,  Mannamead A,   were at St. Budeaux A and came away  winners by 6-2. Ashley Reburn and Simon Poyner were on top form for Mannamead  winning four sets, and Neil Hunt and Matt Redshaw  of St. Budeaux did well to beat Alex Cox and Jakub Piernicki  6-3,6-4.

Division 2  -   Ivybridge B had a stronger line up than their A team and won by 7-2 at St. Budeaux B. The Ivybridge pair of James Sexton and Sam Wilson were too good for their opponents, dropping just three games in beating Chris Williams and Jack Finnie 6-2,6-0,  and Karol Fisher and Richard Mitchell 6-0,6-1.  Fisher and Mitchell then won an unexpected, but deserved, win over Daniel Koln and Kieren Khorari by 6-4,5-7,10-6.  Plympton  A were saved from relegation last season as their B team came up from Division 3.  The team went to Looe A and lost by 7-2, with Dave Richardson and Nigel Watson winning both their events in straights sets for Looe. With an influx of new players, relegated  Liskeard  won by 6-3 against  Plymstock A,  with all the Plymstock points coming from John Davies and Tim Randell.

Division 3  -  Dan Cole and Dave Brimble combined well for Mannamead B, at Yelverton B, beating both Yelverton pairs in straight sets.  Tom Chiappe and Chris Taylor of Yelverton, came from a set down to overcome Phil Whitby and Paul Mathews 3-6,7-6,0-2.  Jason Holland and Neil Pearce were on court  throughout for Saltash A, at Hill Lane B, but lost both events  in the third set tie break, but Saltash, thanks to four sets from Dave Harrington and Charles  Crichton, won by 6-4.  In a highly competitive match at Tavistock B, Plympton B came away winners by 5-4.  The Tavistock  pair of Paul Newton and Peter Rodgers beat  Pete Horgan and Nick Haley 6-2,7-6 and Adam Blain and Paul Robertson 6-2,5-7,10-7.

Division 4 -   Honours were even at Ivybridge C in the 4-4 draw with Newton and Noss, with all Ivybridge’s points coming from Giles Bryan and Harry Hargreaves.  It was experience versus youth when Ron Cole and Rob Thomas of Newton and Noss, with a combined age of 127 years, played Peter Tongue and Leighton Starkie, with a combined age of 29 years.  Despite conceding nearly 100 years, Cole and Thomas did not drop a game.   St Budeaux C led Tavistock  by 4-2 at the half way stage, but Tavvy recovered to lose narrowly by 6-5.  Rob Cornish and Andy Jameson were undefeated for St. Budeaux, including a recovery from 2-7 in the third set tie break, to beat Gordon Hillborn and Phil Harbottle 6-2,4-6,14-12.  In another 6-5 result, Whiteford Road A won at Mannamead C, with Steve  Kingston and Adam Mudford unbeaten.

Division 5    -    The match at St. Budeaux D against  Mannamead D included several players in league action for the first time.  St. Budeaux led 4-1 but Mannamead  played  better in the second  half, before losing by7-3.  John Horton and Jon Grainger of St. Mellion had two marathon events at Plympton C, winning three  sets, but  Plympton won the match by 7-3.  Horton and Grainger beat Richard Cooper and Matt Holick 6-2,1-6,10-8, but lost  by 6-3,3-6,10-7  to Gary Raymond and Glenn Finn.    Devonshire B comfortably beat Looe B by 8-1.

Division 6   -  The dry weather meant that the grass courts at SaltashB were used,, and home team celebrated with a convincing  8-0 victory over Yelverton B.    It was much closer at HIll Lane C, where, despite Rob Antrobus and Jack Powell being unbeaten for Hill Lane, visitors Ivybridge D won by 5-4, with Mark Owen and Malcolm Bruce winning the fifth point for Ivbridge by taking a set off  Antrobus and Powell.

Division 7  -   Plymstock B achieved, in their first match, something they could not do last season, a long awaited win. In a good all round team performance Plymstock  beat Hill Lane D by 7-3

 

Ladies

Division 1   -   It was not the start that Mannamead A wanted as two regular players were unavailable through injury. In this situation it is always a  difficult decision whether  to play the two remaining players  together or split them, with each playing with a reserve.    Mannamead chose to split Josie Debnam and Katherine Bell,  but the decision backfired as St. Budeux A had a stronger team and played well, to win by 8-0. The two promoted teams,  Plympton  A and Looe A , faced  Devonshire A and Ivybridge A respectively, who were the top teams last season.   Both Plympton and Looe fought  hard throughout  but the difference in standard was evident as both Devonshire and Ivybridge won by 8-0.

Division 2  -   Relegated  Ivybridge B found division 2 much more to their liking, defeating the other relegated team, Tavistock A, by 8-1. Sandra O’Sullivan and Luisa Warring continued  their fine form from the Winter league, with two straight set wins for Hill Lane A, as the team beat Devonshire B by 6-2.  O’Sullivan and Warring defeated Tracey Stockton and Henrietta Ferguson  6-1,7-6 and Karen Horton and Angela Wright  6-0,6-0.

Division 3    -   The best match in the division was at Plympton B, with Ivybridge C winning by 5-4.  For Ivybridge, Nicky Scutt  and  Annie Haigh beat Sarah Blain and Nicky Ormshaw 7-5, 6-2, and Jane Wilson and Lisa Light by 6-4,6-3.   Sally Hitch and Nicola White won the vital set for Ivybridge when beaten 6-7,6-1,10-2  by Blain and Ormshaw.  Yelverton A won the West  Devon derby at Tavistock  B, by a comfortable 8-1, and St. Budeaux B went one better, crossing  the Tamar, to defeat  Saltash A by 8-0.

Division  4   -   Anna Tickle and Esther Pettit resumed their partnership together for Mannamead B, after a gap of four years, and immediately were back in to winning ways at Saltash  B.   In a 4-4 draw, Tickle and Pettit beat Caroline Hambly and Val Knight,  6-3,6-1 and Di Fitton and Bridget Turner, 6-1,6-3.  Such was the length of the rallies, in a marathon match, when St. Mellion met Hill Lane B,that one event  was left unfinished.   After nearly three hours of play the match ended at 5-5. Unbeaten, Audrey Scott and Helen  Brockbank, were the form pair for Looe B, in a 6-3 win over St. Budeaux  C, with Scott and Brockbank scoring a good win over Sue Gale and Megan Jameson by 6-3,2-6,10-8.

Division 5   -    Mannamead C and St. Budeaux D were back in the league, after several years absence, and the teams met at Mannamead.    Mannamead,  in  particular, included players new to the league, and St. Budeaux won by  6-3.  Looe C won by 6-2 against Yelverton B, with Sylvia Fair and Lilian Harrrison  unbeaten for Looe.