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Evening Herald Reports 2014

Week 10

With three regular first team players unavailable, Hill Lane A in the Mens Division 1, brought in eleven year old Tom Miller for his first ever match.

Miller was adjudged to be the man of the match against Tavistock A, displaying outstanding talent at such an early age.  Miller was partnered by his coach Glenn Richards and the pair defeated Linden Hardisty and George Newman 6-4; 2-6 ; 10-3, but were beaten 6-2 ; 7-5 by Luke Wakley and Peter Bradley. Tavistock won the match 6-4 as Hill Lane A  lost their 100% record.  St. Budeaux A went down by 7-3 at Ivybridge A, which puts them four points clear of Mannamead A in the relegation places.   However,  Mannamead A avoided the drop, with an 8-0 win over already relegated Mannamead B.  In Division 2, the match between the already promoted teams ended in a win for Devonshire A by 7-4 over Liskeard.  Richard Stafford and John Ingham were unbeaten for Devonshire with wins over Rob Kellagher and Keith Abboot by 3-6 ; 6-1 ; 10-8 and over Tom Fear and Andrew Jackson by 0-6 ; 6-2 ; 10-4.  St. Budeaux B kept their unbeaten Division 3 record but only because the Ivybridge B team included Henry Warrender, who was ineligible having played for Ivybridge A the previous evening.  On court, Ivybridge won by 6-2, but the rule infringement resulted in a final score of 4-4.  John Davies and Chris Corbett continued their impressive form for Plymstock A and were again unbeaten, in a 6-3 win at Plympton B.      Tavistock C had a comfortable 8-0 victory over Yelverton A, in Division 4, which left Yelverton three points ahead of St. Budeaux C in the relegation area.   St. Budeaux needed four points at Mannamead C and with Richard Avent and Jacob Piernicki unbeaten for Mannamead,  St. Budeaux went 5-2 down and were in dire trouble.  However Karol Fisher and Gary Symons, from a set down, recovered well to beat Chris Shorter and Paul Matthews  2-6 ; 6-4 ; 10-4, to earn St. Budeaux the  necessary four points.  Plympton C had to concede a set, when Peter Horgan was injured, against St. Mellion in Division 5, but with Mark Eve and Joe Thomas again unbeaten, Plympton  won by 5-4.  Whiteford Road A, by winning 8-1 against Hill Lane C, secured second place and promotion, just pipping Looe B who won by 8-2 at Ivybridge D. In Division 6, four sets from Patrick Wilson and Gary Brooks saw Plympton D to a 5-4 win at Tavistock E.   With Tavistock E only winning four sets, Saltash B clinched promotion with an 8-0 win against Tavistock F, to finish one point ahead of Tavistock E.  St Budeaux D lost 5-4 to relegated Mannamead D, with Richard Mitchell and Mark Gibbons unbeaten for St. Budeaux. Newcomers in Division 7, Noss Mayo, suffered their first defeat, when visitors Yelverton B won by 6-4.  Tom Alway and Matt Smith were the stars for Yelverton, beating Peter Glanville and James Glanville 3-6 ;6-2 ; 10-5 and Jason Vosper and Roger Barnett 6-7 ; 6-2 ; 10-4 and thus ensuring promotion for Yelverton.   Mike Cox and Ricky Hutt won both their events for Hill Lane D, in a 5-4 win at Plymstock B.   Devonshire C won by 6-3 at Whiteford Road B.

 The two new teams in Division 5 of the Ladies League met at Saltash B, where Looe B were the visitors, in a match to decide which team would gain promotion.  With a much more experienced line up, Looe were convincing winners by 8-0, but full credit to Saltash B for an encouraging debut season, with many players playing in matches for the first time.   St Mellion B defeated Plympton B, but in the three events that went to three sets, Plympton won the first set on each occasion.  Devonshire C are promoted from Division 4 but many sets were closely fought despite Devonshire winning by 8-1 against Saltash A.  Any chance of St. Budeaux reaching a promotion place was ended, when leaders Menheniot won by 8-0 and conceded just eight games in the process.  Hill Lane B and Tavistock C needed nearly four hours to play out a 4-4 draw.  Wendy George and Jenny Read of Tavistock, after beating Jessica Randall and Sophie Randall by 6-0 ; 6-1, were taken to two tie break sets by Libby Allman and Debbie Wilson, before winning 7-6 (7-3) ; 7-6 (14-12).   In Division 3,  St.Budeaux C lost for the second time by 8-0 to Ivybridge C.  Looe A won by 8-0 at Ivybridge D and with one match each to play, Looe A and Ivybridge C both have  54 points at the top of the division. The first match between Mannamead B and Yelverton B was played in extremely wet conditions but the weather for the return on the Yelverton courts was hot and humid.   Yelverton won by 5-4 but the unbeaten pair came from Mannamead.  Anna Tickle and Liz Parks beat Fiona Smart and Jean Humphries 6-3 ; 6-1 and Lynne Macfarlane and Lucy Scott 5-7 ; 7-5 ; 10-5.    With many players away or injured, Plympton A had only one pair at Devonshire B, in Division 2.    Devonshire won by 6-2, with Marguerite Butt and Lynda Haley retaining their winning record, but the two sets won by Plympton were enough to gain promotion.  Linda Trebilcock and Alison Diver were on court until nearly 10.00pm for Whiteford Road, in the 5-5 draw at Yelverton A.  Trebilcock and Diver had wins over Ann Short and Angie Lynch by 3-6 ; 6-3 ; 10-7 and over Fiona Spreadbury and Helen Smith by 5-7 ; 7-5 ; 10-6.    Hill Lane A won by 6-3 at Tavistock B to just miss out on promotion.  In Division 1, Saskia Sluce and Abbi Skelley were unbeaten for Ivybridge A,  in a 6-4 win at St. Budeaux A.   Also unbeaten in a 6-4 win were Caroline Vallance and Verity Holdsworth, for Ivybridge B, at Tavistock A.   Champions Devonshire A made it 76 points out of 80 with an 8-1 win at Mannamead A.

 Other Results:

Men 

Div. 2   Saltash A 1 Tavistock B 8   

Div. 3  Plympton A 7 Ivybridge C 3

Div. 4   Hill Lane B  8  Tavistock D 1

Ladies 

Div. 5  Hill Lane  5  Yelverton C 4

 

Week 9

MANNAMEAD A, in the Men's Division One, did well to win four sets against Ivybridge A, who won by 7-4. For Mannamead, Umberto Fontanari and Matt Gree beat Ben Knight and Tom Fenton 6-4, 0-6, 10-5, but were defeated 5-7, 7-6, 10-5 by Ben Robbins and Ben Fenton. The four points will do much to help Mannamead A to avoid relegation, as St. Budeaux A who are also fighting to beat the drop lost 7-2, at home, to Hill Lane A. Glenn Richards and Rory Harries, of Hill Lane, were far too good for both St. Budeaux pairs. Neil Hunt and Paul Wardle of St. Budeaux staged a remarkable recovery, from 1-6, 0-3 to win 1-6, 7-5, 11-9 against Patrick Daykin and Seb Dartnell.

Mannamead B lost by 8-0 at Tavistock A. Liskeard, with a very small squad, look set for a return to Division One after winning by 6-3 against Looe A in Division Two, with Rob Kellagher and Keith Abbott again unbeaten. With each of the four pairs winning an event, Devonshire A just edged out Tavistock B by 5-4.

All the Plymstock A team played well in their win, in Division Three, over Plympton A by 7-2. Plympton B also had a hard match before finally losing by 7-4 at Ivybridge B. St Budeaux B have almost certainly clinched top spot with an 8-1 victory at Ivybridge C.

In Division Four, St Budeaux C look like playing Division 5 tennis next season, after promoted Tavistock C won by 8-0. Yelverton A are still not safe from going down, with Hill Lane B coming away 6-2 winners. John Mullin and Matt Adams were in sparkling form for Hill Lane, beating Terry Leonard and Andy Weymouth 6-1, 6-4 and Simon Murray and Phil Gasche 6-1, 6-0. Tavistock D could also gain promotion as their 6-2 win over Mannamead C puts them level on points with Hill Lane C. Looe B turned in their best Division Five performance of the season in defeating Whiteford Road A by 6-4.

Earlier in the season, Eliot and Guillame Plevin of Looe missed out on match points when losing to Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford. This time the Plevin brothers made no mistake, beating Kingston and Mudford 4-6, 6-4, 10-8, as Kingston and Mudford lost their 100 per cent record. Plympton C had an easy 8-1 win at Hill Lane C, but Richard Cooper and Matt Hopper needed three sets to defeat Mike Bruce and Ali Mousarry 3-6, 7-6, 10-7.

St. Mellion are safe from relegation as Ivybridge D could not send a team. A very inexperienced St Budeaux D were no match for Tavistock F, who won the Division Six match 8-0. Plympton D were also below strength and lost for the first time as Saltash B took full advantage, to win by 8-1.

Surprisingly no drinks were available, in Division Seven at Devonshire C, on a very hot evening, with visitors Plymstock B drawing 5-5. Peter Brownlow and Adam Randell won four sets for Plymstock, beating Simon Palmer and Matt Cavilla 6-1, 3-6, 10-2 and Dan Clelland and Nils Hanemann 6-4, 6-0. Yelverton B have shot up into a promotion place by defeating Whiteford Road B by 8-1.

St Budeaux A suffered two heavy defeats, on successive evenings, in the Ladies' Division One. The first match was a closely fought affair despite the score, at Mannamead A, with Mannamead eventually winning by 8-2. The next evening, at Ivybridge B, the energy levels had gone down, with St. Budeaux well beaten by 8-0. Mannamead A were also at Ivybridge, where Ivybridge A won by 8-2. Clare Dyke and Josie Debnam were on court all night for Mannamead but lost both their events in close third set tie breaks. Dyke and Debnam were beaten 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 by Abi Skelley and Chloe Sluce and 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 by Nell Clotworthy and Polly Bushby. Much easier was the expected win by Devonshire A over Tavistock A, by 8-0.

Devonshire B, in Division Two, were missing two of their regular team at Hill Lane A, who won by 8-0. Plympton A are in with a chance of a second successive promotion as their 6-4 win over Yelverton A, in a match lasting well over three hours, sees them in second place, five points ahead of Hill lane A. Sophie Diver was in the Whiteford Road team for the first time and combined well with Linda Trebilcock in an 8-1 win over Tavistock B. Jane Rickman and Lesley Crocker were the unbeaten pairing for Ivybridge C, who won in Division 3 by 6-2, at Mannamead B.

St Budeaux B, in beating Ivybridge D by 7-2, probably did enough to ensure avoiding relegation. Rain caused the abandonment of Looe A home to Yelverton B.

Saltash A, in Division Four, were given an unexpected boost at home to Hill Lane B. The visitors came with only one pair and when one of them felt unwell after two sets, Hill Lane conceded, leaving Saltash winners by 8-0 and one point above the relegation places. Menheniot defeated Devonshire C by 6-2 and St. Budeaux won by 8-0 at Tavistock C. With Menheniot already promoted, they will be joined by either St. Budeaux C or Devonshire C.

Week 8

MANNAMEAD, the 2013 winners of the Knock Out Cup, will again face The Devonshire in the final of the 2014 competition.

The showpiece will be played on Sunday, July 20 at Mannamead Lawn Tennis Club starting at 2.15pm. Spectators are welcome.

Mannamead won 6-3 at Tavistock in the semi-finals, with The Devonshire narrowly going through at Hill Lane 5-4.

Results: Tavistock v Mannamead (Mannamead first): A Reburn/H Odam beat L Wakley/H Picton 4-6, 6-3, 10-4

A Leigh/J Debnam beat P Bradley/A Goodison 7-5, 7-5
A Reburn/A Leigh lost to L Wakley/P Bradley 4-6, 0-6
J Debnam/H Odam beat H Picton/A Goodison 7-6, 6-4

Hill Lane v The Devonshire (The Devonshire first): R Stafford/E Herbert lost to R Harries/S Murray 1-6, 7-5, 7-10

C Ryland/L Ryland beat G Richards/S Kilkenny 6-4, 6-4
C Ryland/R Stafford lost to R Harries/G Richards 4-6, 4-6
L Ryland/E Herbert beat S Murray/S Kilkenny 6-0, 6-2.

IN LEAGUE matches, Liskeard won 6-4 at Saltash A in the Men's Division Two.

Jake Horton was making his debut for Saltash and with George Wellbourne won both their games. Horton and Wellbourne beat Rob Kellagher and Keith Abbott 3-6, 7-5, 10-2 and beat Andrew Jackson and Tom Fear 6-4, 4-6, 10-5.

Liskeard now move above Saltash into second place. Tavistock C won 7-2 at Hill Lane A, in Division Four and have secured promotion.

Peter Rodgers and Charles Snow of Tavistock defeated Steve Randall and Harry Bird 6-1, 7-6 and John Mullin and Tom Langrishe 6-2, 6-4.

St Budeaux D, in Division Six, picked up three much needed points but visitors Plympton D kept their 100 per cent record winning 6-3.

Rich Mitchell and Terry Hall of St Budeaux beat Jamie Haigh and Glen Finn 7-6, 6-3 but were beaten 2-6, 7-5, 10-5 by Paul Robertson and Oli Durbin.

Also winning 6-3 were Division Seven leaders Noss Mayo at Plymstock B, a result which clinches promotion for Noss Mayo in their first season in the league.

Jason Vosper and Roger Barnett of Noss Mayo defeated Peter Brownlow and Adam Randell 6-2, 6-1 and James Driscoll and Adam Clynch 6-4, 6-4.

Mananmead A, in the Ladies' Division One, defeated St Budeaux A 8-2, for the second time this season. Mannamead have now moved up to second place.

The two teams challenging for second spot in Division Four met at St Budeaux C, who entertained Devonshire C. Devonshire did their chances a world of good by winning 6-3 to go four points ahead of St Budeaux. Jo Battersby and Caroline Abernethy were on form for Devonshire in wins over Pat Hexter and Liz Gill 6-2, 7-6 and over Helen Foote and Debbie Bradbury 7-5, 6-1.

In Division Five, Looe B won 6-4 at Hill Lane C. Both teams won two events, but Looe won their events in straight sets and Hill Lane needed three sets for each of their victories.

The final fixture week will see several vital matches played in the promotion and relegation battles. Hill Lane are again the Division One champions and are still 100 per cent.

In Men's Division Two, Devonshire A and Liskeard are vying for top place. With Devonshire B now out of the league from Division Two, only one team will be relegated from Division Two to Six.

With St Budeaux B needing just two points for promotion from Division Three, Ivybridge B should keep above Plympton B to finish second.

Tavistock C have already won promotion from Division Four, but as just three points separate the other five teams, any of them could go up or down.

Plympton C should win Division Five, with Whiteford Road A favourites to finish runners-up. Plympton D are only three points short of Division Six promotion, with Tavistock F and Mannamead D still to play each other and in relegation danger.

Devonshire A Ladies have retained the Division One title by a large margin, with Tavistock A and St Budeaux A, promoted last year, going back to Division Two.

Devonshire B are almost certainties for promotion from Division Two and will be joined by either Plympton A or Tavistock B. Looe A lead Division Three closely followed by Ivybridge C. Menheniot, still with a 100 per cent record, have gained a second successive promotion and are way out in front in Division Four.

Also boasting a 100 per cent record are promotion-bound St Mellion in Division Five.

The two new teams in Division Five, Looe B and Saltash B, are in contention to go up, with Looe B a point ahead. The teams meet at Saltash in their last match.

Week 7

PRIDE of place in ladies’ Division One goes to Ivybridge B who took the 100 per cent record of Devonshire A with a 5-4 win. Lucy Ryland and Mae Dartnell won the four sets for Devonshire but needed three sets to beat Nikki Reid and Verity Holdsworth 4-6, 6-3, 11-9.

Mannamead A moved well clear of the relegation places by winning 8-2 at St Budeaux A, with Josie Debnam and Clare Dyke recovering from 3-7 in the third set tie break to defeat Kate Gibbons and Nikki Aitken 6-4, 5-7, 11-9. Ivybridge A won 8-1 at Tavistock A, but Tavvy had to concede four sets when Sally Quinlan retired with a sprained ankle. Tavistock B did much better in Division Two, recording a 7-2 home win against fellow promotion hopefuls Plympton A. Maggie Lilley and Olga Rogers of Tavistock beat Joy Pellow and Lyn Helliwell 7-5, 6-4 and Helen Wright and Alison Miles 6-2, 6-4. The leaders, Devonshire B, defeated bottom team Yelverton A 6-2, with Lynda Haley and Marguerite Butt unbeaten and Karen Horton, on her debut, winning two sets with Georgia Jones, in a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win against Angie Lynch and Ann Short. Another team to concede four points through injury were Hill Lane A, when Sandra O’Sullivan pulled a muscle in the first set. However, Sophie Murray and Hannah Robinson won their four sets in the 4-4 draw with Whiteford Road.

It took St Budeaux B more than three hours to complete a win in Division Three, 6-4 against Mannamead B, with Helen Foote and Toni Aitken winning four sets for St Budeaux. Ivybridge D and Yelverton B drew 4-4, with Nicola White and Ann Coombes beating both Yelverton pairs. Ivybridge C also shared the points 4-4 with Looe A, with all the points for Looe coming from Gill Bath and Silvia Racca.

Menheniot are still way out in front in Division Four, with Tavistock C their latest victims (7-2). Jenny Read and Mary Harold played well for Tavistock to overcome Zoe Harris and Jacqui Batterbee 3-6, 6-2, 12-10. There was a 6-6 draw at St Budeaux C where Saltash A were the visitors. The match was so evenly balanced that each of the four pairs won three sets.

Debbie Wilson and Sinead Kilkenny formed an unbeaten partnership for Hill Lane B in a 4-4 draw at Devonshire C. Wilson and Kilkenny beat Henrietta Ferguson and Julia Goss 6-2, 6-1 and Caroline Abernethy and Angela Wright 6-1, 6-2. The top Division Five team, St Mellion, had their hardest match to date, in winning 5-4 against Hill Lane C. St Mellion needed Judith Farris and Deborah Saunders to beat Karen Harley and Caroline Floccia 6-4, 6-0 and Roxanne Marshall and Isobel Abernethy 6-2, 6-2 to keep their 100 per cent record. With only one pair, Yelverton C lost 7-2 at Looe B, with Hilary Monk and Jean Humphries of Yelverton beating Carol Hutton and Kath Cradick 1-6, 7-6, 10-8. Plympton B enjoyed the luxury of playing on the grass courts at Saltash B, particularly as they won 6-2.

In men’s Division One, Ivybridge A, with Rhys Dunford and Ben Knight unbeaten, had a narrow 5-4 win over Tavistock A. Dunford and Knight conceded only five games in winning four sets.

Mannamead A and St Budeaux are both trying to avoid relegation and drew 5-5 . For St Budeaux, Neil Hunt and Paul Wardle beat Simon Prout and Matt Green 6-1, 4-6, 10-6 and Umberto Fontanari and Ashley Reburn 6-0, 6-2. Top met bottom with Hill Lane A too good for Mannamead B 8-0. Junior player Pierce Widdicombe again showed maturity beyond his years, and with Lloyd Bright won four sets for Devonshire B in the 6-4 win over Saltash A in Division Two. Widdicombe and Bright held on to defeat Tom Wyman and Josh Taylor 6-4, 2-6, 12-10.

Another unbeaten performance from Jack Puckey and Dave Richardson enabled Looe A to draw 4-4 with Tavistock B.

Devonshire B have withdrawn from the league as they failed to fulfil two fixtures, after being unable to play at Liskeard.

St Budeaux B are pulling away at the top of Division Three after winning 8-0 at Plympton B. Plympton A did much better, with a 6-3 win over second placed Ivybridge B. With Steve Cole finishing most of the rallies for Plympton, Cole and Sam Raymond won four sets, including a very close win over Henry Warrender and Jake Freeman 7-6, 4-6, 10-8. With John Davies and Chris Corbett winning their events in straight sets, Plymstock A beat Ivybridge C 6-2. Tavistock D won 7-2 at Yelverton A to ease their relegation worries in Division Four. The best event came between Andy Weymouth and Terry Leonard, who beat Richard Hendin and Bill Sparks in three tie break sets. The first set tie break took 26 points before Weymouth and Leonard finally won 6-7, 7-6, 10-7.

Only Richard Avent and Jacob Kodicek were available for Mannamead C at Tavistock C, but they were unbeaten, with Tavistock winning 5-4. All the Hill Lane B team played well and won most of the vital points, as St Budeaux C went down 7-2. St Mellion, in Division Five, secured their biggest win – 8-1 – at Hill Lane C. Mark Eve and young Joe Thomas continue to combine well for Plympton C and their four sets helped them win 6-3 against Looe B.

Still undefeated are Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford, as Whiteford Road A closed the gap on Plympton C by beating Ivybridge D 8-0.

The three leading teams in Division Six all had comfortable victories. Plympton D beat Tavistock F 8-0. Saltash B defeated Mannamead D by the same score, and Tavistock E won 8-2 against St Budeaux D.

There is no stopping newcomers Noss Mayo in Division Seven, who won by 8-1 against Plymstock B . Hill Lane D, with new signing Mike Cox undefeated with Ricky Hutt, won 6-3 at Whiteford Road B and Yelverton B had a 6-2 win over Devonshire C.

Week 6

The best match in the Mens Division 1 resulted in a 7-2 win for Hill Lane A over Ivybridge A. Glenn Richards and Rory Harries were in unbeaten top form for Hill Lane with Ben Knight and Rhys Dunford of Ivybridge beating Seb Dartnell and Patrick Daykin 6-2 ; 1-6 ; 10-8. Linden Hardisty and Peter Bradley conceded just four games in winning four sets for Tavistock A, who beat Mannamead A by 6-2. The two teams in the relegation area met and, after a bright start, Mannamead B faded at St. Budeaux A, who won by 8-1. Rob Kellagher and Keith Abbott won four sets for Liskeard in the 5-5 Division 2 draw at Tavistock B. Kellagher and Abbott just edged out Josh Brown and Gareth George 6-3 ; 3-6 ; 12-10. Devonshire B struggled to find a team and lost heavily by 8-0 against Devonshire A. In Division 3, St Budeaux B defeated Plympton A by 8-1, to lead the division. Plymstock A, with 13 year old Adam Randell included and playing well, earned a creditable 5-5 draw at Ivybridge B. Mannamead C kept up their recent Division 4 improvement by defeating Hill Lane B by 6-2. Tom Langrishe and Harry Bird won the two sets for Hill Lane and did better than the score suggests in losing 6-1 ; 6-1 to the unbeaten Richard Avent and Jacob Piernkki. St. Budeaux C and Yelverton A staged their second 5-5 draw against each other, with four sets for St. Budeaux from Mike Foote and Gary Symons. Foote and Symons nearly let a 6-1 ; 5-2 lead slip away against Andy Weymouth and Terry Leonard before winning 6-1 ; 6-7 ; 11-9. An undefeated performance from Dave Fidoe and Matt Smith greatly helped Tavistock C to beat Tavistock D by 6-4. The Division 5 leaders Plympton C won by 8-2 at Looe B in a rearranged match, but found the home pair of Dave Bath and Nigel Watson tough opposition. Mark Eve and Joe Thomas beat Bath and Watson 1-6 ; 6-0 ;12-10 and Peter Horgan and Matt Hopper won by 6-1 ; 0-6 ; 11-9. No pair has yet beaten Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford of Whiteford Road A, who still reigned supreme in the 6-2 win at St. Mellion. The unrelenting consistency and defensive play from Patrick Poon and John Jacobs of Saltash B was far too good for the St. Budeaux D players as Saltash won in Division 6 by 7-2. Tavistock F never gave up, but finally found Tavistock E worthy of their top spot, in an 8-1 victory. The experience of the Noss Mayo team in Division 7 served them well, in winning by 8-1 at Devonshire C.

Devonshire A Ladies scored their sixth maximum points win, in beating St. Budeaux A by 8-0 in Division 1
. Mannamead A beat Tavistock A for the second time in four days, this time winning by 8-1 to ease their relegation worries. Ivybridge A completed the double over their B team, winning by 7-3. Caroline Vallance and Verity Holdsworth were the pick of the B team, beating Nell Clotworthy and Lesley Crocker 6-1 ; 2-6 ; 10-5 and just losing by 6-4 ; 4-6 ; 11-9 to Katie Jeffreys and Abbie Skelly. Devonshire B had to work hard at Whiteford Road in Division 2 to win by 6-3. Denise Nixon and Georgia Jones won their four sets for Devonshire, but needed three sets to defeat Gillian Thomas and Sarah Brett 7-6 (7-4) ; 6-7 (4-7) ; 10-3. Only one set separated Plympton A and Hill Lane A , with Hill Lane winning by 6-5. All the players contributed to a fine match, with the Hill Lane stars being Sophie Murray and Emily Ramsden. The pair beat Joy Pellow and Lyn Helliwell 5-7 ; 6-3 ; 10-8 and Alison Miles and Helen Wright 6-1 ; 6-2. The lemon drizzle cake, supplied by Angie Lynch, was much appreciated but did not change the fortunes of Yelverton A. Tavistock B, not only ate the cake, but won the match by 8-0. The impressive Division 3 form of Looe A continued, with a 7-3 win over St. Budeaux B. Melisa Hocking and Gill Bath were unbeaten for Looe, with all the St. Budeaux set wins coming from Viv Sargeant and Debbie Bradbury, including a win by 3-6 ; 6-3 ; 10-4 over Judi Greenbank and Audrey Scott. A nasty fall, suffered by Jennie Richardson of Ivybridge C, meant conceding four sets at Yelverton B, who won by 6-3. Ivybridge D also lost away, going down 7-2 at Mannamead B, with Nicola White and Sarah Owen of Ivybridge getting the better of Margaret Banyard and Katherine Bell by 6-3 ; 3-6 ; 10-7. Tavistock C and Devonshire C shared the Division 4 points in a 5-5 draw. Debbie Wilson and Sinead Kilkenny were too good for the St. Budeaux C players, as Hill Lane B won by 5-4. Menheniot continue their promotion push after a comfortable 8-0 win at Saltash A. By contrast, Saltash B are enjoying life in Division 5, this week scoring an 8-2 win at Hill Lane C. Plympton B made Looe B fight for every point, but Looe won by 7-2. St Mellion consolidated top spot with an 8-1 win at Yelverton C.

Other results:
Mens
Div. 2 - Saltash A 4, Looe A 5 .
Div. 3 - Ivybridge C 3, Plympton B 6.
Div. 5 - Looe B 6, Hill Lane C 2, Ivybridge D 0, Plympton C 8.
Div. 6 - Mannamead D 1, Plympton D 8,
Div. 7 - Hill Lane D 3, Yelverton B 6, Plymstock B 4, Whiteford Road B 6.

Week 5

Devonshire A are running away from the rest in the Ladies Division 1 after winning by 8-0 against Mannamead A, to reach the maximum forty points from five matches.  Mannamead did better in a rearranged match at Tavistock A, with Clare Dyke and Josie Debnam unbeaten. Dyke and Debnam came from a set down to defeat Sally Quinlan and Alison West 2-6 ; 6-4 ;10-7.  Earlier, at Ivybridge B, Tavistock A narrowly lost 5-4, with Verity Holdsworth and Caroline Vallance winning four straight sets for Ivybridge.  Neither team were at full strength when Ivybridge A met St. Budeaux A. Ivybridge won by 8-1 but were penalised two points for a late result sheet. 

The match between the top two teams, Devonshire B and Plympton A, in Division 2, resulted in an away win for Devonshire by 6-2, with Marguerite Butt and Linda Haley beating both Plympton pairs.  Also unbeaten were Maggie Lilley and Olga Rogers, as Tavistock B won by 6-3 at Hill Lane A, with Lilley and Rogers just overcoming Sandra O'Sullivan and Luisa Warring by 2-6 ; 6-4 ; 10-8.  Whiteford Road comfortably beat Yelverton A, who are struggling at present, by 8-0. 

Unfortunately Yelverton B did no better in Division 3 at Mannamead B, also losing 8-0  in very wet conditions. Yelverton conceded two sets but full credit to the four players who completed both their events. Yet another 8-0 defeat came when St. Budeaux B lost at home to Ivybridge C . Looe A consolidated second place with a 6-3 win over Ivybridge D.  Judi Greenbank and Audrey Scott were the unbeaten, in form pair for Looe, with Sara Owen and Nicola White scoring all the points for Ivybridge.  Owen and White beat Melissa Hocking and Sacha Byford 6-4 ; 6-3 but lost 6-7 ; 6-2 ; 10-6 to Greenbank and Scott. 

In Division 4, St. Budeaux C lost 8-0 away to the in form leaders Menheniot. The rash of 8-0 results continued when Hill Lane B won at Tavistock C.  Devonshire C move up into second spot with a 7-2 victory at Saltash A, with Henrietta Ferguson and Fiona Porter too good for both the Saltash pairs. 

St .Mellion are clear leaders in Division 5 after winning by 6-3 at Plympton B.  For St. Mellion, Judith Farris and Deborah Saunders beat Sarah Blain and Nicky Geoken 6-0 ; 6-1 and Jane Heys and Sophie Raymond  6-2 ; 6-4.  Nancy Northfield and Emily Gilbert combined well  to win both their events for Hill Lane C in a win by 6-2 at Yelverton C.    The two new teams in the league met at Looe B, with Saltash B winning by 6-3 .  Helen Brockbank and Silvia Fair won the three sets for Looe, with Felicity Wyman and Birte Morris unbeaten for Saltash.

 Ivybridge A Men won two matches in Division 1, beating both St. Budeaux A and Mannamead A by 8-1. The feature of both matches  was the play of 15 year old Tom Fenton, who produced a fine array of shots, with excellent stroke play and court positioning.  Mannamead A also played their B team, but due to illness at the end of the first set, Mannamead A had to concede four sets, leaving the match score 4-4.  Hill Lane A did their chances of retaining the title a power of good by winning 6-2 at Tavistock A.

Liskeard could only manage one pair at home to Devonshire A in Division2.    However Rob Kellagher and Andrew Jackson beat Lloyd Bright and Pierce Widdicombe 3-6 ; 6-0 ; 10-5 and Denis Mbu and Chris Price 6-1 ; 6-3, leaving Devonshire winners by 5-4.  Dave Richardson and Jack Puckey continue to score most of the points for Looe A and four more sets from them gave Looe a 4-4 draw at Devonshire B.   Eleven sets were needed at Tavistock B, who edged out Saltash A by 6-5.  Phil Ruse and Max Goodison were the saviours for Tavvy, defeating Josh Taylor and George Welbourne 2-6 ; 6-3 ; 10-7 and Dave Harrington and James Kneebone 6-0 ; 4-6 ; 10-3. 

Veteran Steve Hitch came out of semi  league retirement  to win three sets with James Scawn for Ivybridge C, in Division 3, but visitors Plympton A won by 7-3.  Hitch and Scawn were on court throughout in beating Cameron Macleod and Paul Robertson 6-7 ; 6-2 ; 10-6 but losing 6-0 ; 6-7 ; 10-5 to Steve Cole and Sam Raymond.  In the top match, Michael Renovitch and James Sexton were in good form for Ivybridge B, but their four sets were just not enough to prevent St. Budeaux B winning by 5-4, to head the division.     With Dave Spencer and Adam Blain of Plympton B beating both Plymstock A pairs, Plympton won by 6-3.  For Plympton B, John O'Gorman and Bradley Crossfield recovered from being whitewashed in the first set, to beat Kevin Thomas and Marc Joanknecht 0-6 ; 7-6 ; 10-5.   

Bill Sparks of Tavistock C in Division 4, suffered a nasty facial injury when hit by a ball from his partner Paul Newton.  Bloodied but unbowed Sparks carried on, with Tavistock securing a great 8-1 at Yelverton A.  St Budeaux C and Mannamead C shared the points in a 5-5 draw. Mike Foote and Gary Symons won four sets for St. Budeaux, including making up a four point deficit in the third set tie break, in a 6-2 ; 3-6 ; 11-9 win over Richard Avent and Chris Shorter.      Also drawing at 5-5 were Tavistock D and Hill Lane B .   John Mullin and Matt Adams of Hill Lane defeated Phil Harbottle and Richard Hendin 6-2 ; 3-6 ; 10-4 and George Newman and Charles Snow 6-2 ; 6-2. 

Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford are still unbeaten for Whiteford Road A after the team won by 7-3 at Hill Lane C, in Division 5.  With Joe Thomas and Mark Hollick playing particularly well, Plympton C easily defeated St. Mellion 8-1.  Looe B are only four points from second place with a match in hand after beating Ivybridge D by 8-0. 

In Division 6, John Stewart and Joe Morris won the four points for Tavistock F, in a 4-4 draw with Saltash B.  Tavistock E also scored four points but not enough to prevent Plympton D winning by 6-4. St. Budeaux D came away from Mannamead D delighted with the margin of their 8-1 win.

In Division 7, Noss Mayo won by 6-2 at Yelverton B and Hill Lane D, at home to Plymstock B, won by 6 -3.

 


Week 4

In the Mens Division 1, both the leading teams Hill Lane A and Tavistock A were far too strong for the opposition.  Hill Lane A defeated St. Budeaux A 8-0 conceding only seven games, whilst Tavistock A beat Mannamead B by the same score for the loss of thirteen games.    The Ivybridge A versus Mannamead A match was surprisingly called off by Ivybridge much too early, three hours before the start time in anticipation of bad weather which never materialised.  

Another team to be a class  above their opponents were Devonshire A in Division 2, who won by 8-0 against Tavistock B. It was much closer at Looe A where a full strength Liskeard team won by 5-4. For Looe Jack Puckey and Dave Richardson were again on top form, with wins over Rob Kellagher and Keith Abbott by 6-0 ; 4-6 ; 10-1 (t/b) and Andrew Bryant and Andrew Jackson by 6-3 ; 6-4.   

Plympton B and Ivybridge B shared the  points in a 4-4 draw in Division 3, with Tom Fenton and Henry Warrender winning all the sets for Ivybridge.  Fenton and Warrender defeated Adam Blain and Dave Spencer 6-4 ; 6-2 and John O'Gorman and Brad Crossfield 6-1 ; 6-1.  Plymstock A won by 5-4 at Plympton A thanks to four sets from John Davies and Chris Corbett, who beat Steve Cole and Sam Raymond 6-1 ; 6-3 and Cameron Macleod and Matt Hollick 6-4 ; 6-3.  Although St. Budeaux B beat Ivybridge C by 8-0 the margin of the defeat was a little unkind on the Ivybridge team . 

By contrast in Division 4, St. Budeaux C were well beaten 8-0 at Tavistock C.  Richard Avent  (Mannamead ) met Phil Harbottle (Tavistock) for the third time and recorded a first win as Avent and Chris Shorter beat Harbottle and Joe Morris  6-2 ; 6-3 with Mannamead C defeating Tavistock D by 8-1.  

Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford were again unbeaten for Whiteford Road A but had to save three match points in their 6-2 ; 4-6 ; 11-9 (t/b) win over Guillame and Elliot Plevin of Looe B in Division 5.  The match  score was 6-3 in favour of Whiteford Road but as they played an unregistered player, the score was amended to Whiteford Road A  4, Looe B 5.   A knee injury sustained by Roger Wratten of St Mellion caused his retirement in his second event at Ivybridge D, who won by 6-3.   No problems for Plympton C in an 8-0 win over Hill Lane C.   

Monsoon conditions forced an early finish to the Division 6 match at Saltash B, with Saltash beaten 6-1 by Plympton D.   Dan Davidson and Terry Hall formed an unbeaten partnership for St. Budeaux D, in a 6-2 win against Tavistock F, beating John Stewart and Simon Ashfold 6-0 ; 6-2 and John Medland and Paul Jackson 6-3 ; 6-2.  Tavistock E had to battle throughout to overcome the resistance of the Mannamead D team, before winning by 8-2. 

Noss Mayo had their toughest match to date in Division 7 against Hill Lane D, in a win by 8-2.   For Noss Mayo Ron Cole and Peter Glanville, with a combined age of 136 years, dropped just one game in beating Zak Trigger and Will Porter, with a combined age of 26 years, by 6-0 ; 6-1. Whiteford Road B did well to defeat Yelverton B by 6-2.  Plymstock B and Devonshire C drew 5-5, with every pair winning one event.

Devonshire A power on as leaders of the Ladies Division 1, beating Tavistock A by 8-0 and it is difficult to see who will come close to them this season.  Ivybridge A won by 7-3 at Mannamead A with Mia Loye and Alison Bradley unbeaten.  For Mannamead, Hannah Odam and Josie Debnam scored a creditable victory over Nell Clotworthy and Abi Skelley by 6-4 ; 5-7 ; 14-12 (t/b).  Another four sets from Kate Gibbons and Nikki Aitken saw St. Budeaux A to a 5-4 win over Ivybridge B.  

The playing surface at Devonshire B in Division 2  produced an unpredictable bounce but visitors Hill Lane A contributed fully to a sporting match, won 6-3 by Devonshire B.  Not even a mid match thunderstorm could stop Plympton A from winning 8-1 at Yelverton A.  Close by at Tavistock B, lightning joined the thunder, with most of the action coming from the home team, who defeated Whiteford Road by 6-2.   

Looe A turned in their best team performance of the season, coming away from Yelverton B, in Division 3, winners by 7-2.   For Looe, Melissa Hocking and Gillian Bath scored maximum points for  the first time, with wins over Lynne Macfarlane and Fiona Murphy by 6-2 ; 6-2 and Fiona Smart and Carole Llewellyn by 6-0 ; 6-1, with Llewellyn gamely trying to play right handed after injuring her left elbow.  Nicola White and Nicky Scutt were on court throughout for Ivybridge D but could not prevent St. Budeaux B winning by 8-2.   In a marathon effort, White and Scutt were beaten 6-4 ; 5-7 ; 10-7 (t/b) by Toni Aitken and Viv Sargeant, and 2-6 ; 7-5 ; 10-8 (t/b) by Tania Belcher and Debbie Bradbury.  Annie Haigh and Jill Dickenson were unbeaten for Ivybridge C in a 6-2  win over Mannamead B .  

In Division 4,  Wendy George and Jenny Read of Tavistock C were too consistent for the home team at St. Budeaux C, beating Joan McGregor and Helen Foote 6-0 ; 6-4 and Liz Gill and Pat Hexter 6-4 ; 4-6; 10-8 (t/b).  Menheniot, with Jan Santillo and Dianne Burt unbeaten, won by 7-3 at Devonshire C.  With four sets from Debbie Wilson and Sinead Kilkenny , Hill Lane B drew 4-4 with Saltash A.  

Audrey Scott played for Looe B and Looe A on consecutive nights, so her three points for Looe B were cancelled, leaving Looe B losers by 8-0 to St. Mellion in Division 5.    Saltash B continue in good form and comfortably beat Yelverton C by 8-1.

Other Results   Mens Div. 2  Saltash A 8  Devonshire B 1

Ladies Div. 2  Plympton A 8  Tavistock B 3  Div. 5 Hill Lane C 4 Plympton B 4

Week 3

 The start of the Ladies Division 1 match between Ivybridge A and Devonshire A was delayed as the Ivybridge captain misread the fixtures and thought it was an away match.  When the team arrived back at Ivybridge, Devonshire took full advantage, and again showed their superiority by winning 8-1. Four sets from Kate Gibbons and Nikki Aitken were the main reason that St. Budeaux A drew 5-5 with Tavistock A.  Gibbons and Aitken beat Hilary Picton and Amanda Goodison 7-6 ; 5-7 ; 10-5 (t/b) and Sally Quinlan and Maggie Lilley 6-2 ; 6-3.  Clare Dyke ( nee Bulford) and Karen Wood renewed an old partnership  for Mannamead A  but the team were comfortably beaten 8-1 by Ivybridge B, with Verity Holdsworth and Caroline Vallance winning both their events in straight sets.

After two postponements, Whiteford Road finally got on court in Division 2, winning 5-4 at Plympton A.   Plympton A had the unbeaten players, as Lyn Helliwell and Joy Pellow defeated Alison Diver and Linda Trebilcock 7-5 ; 4-6 ; 10-7 (t/b) and Gillian Thomas and Sarah Brett 6-2 ; 6-4.  Sun, not rain, was the problem at Hill Lane A who defeated Yelverton A 8-0.  Also winning 8-0  were Devonshire B against Tavistock B.  Ivybridge C beat their D team by 6-2 where, in a match of friendly rivalry, Annie Haigh and Lesley Cocker for the C  team beat Nicola White and Andy Coombs 6-2 ; 6-2 and Penny Punch and Alison Bradley 6-2 ; 6-1. St. Budeaux B just overcame Yelverton B by 6-5, with Fiona Murphy and Lynne Macfarlane continuing their impressive improvement by remaining unbeaten for Yelverton.  The match ended in almost complete darkness, for which the players were completely to blame, taking a twenty minute break between events and then a five minute knock up.  Looe A had their best win to date, being too good for a weakened Mannamead B team by 8-0.  

Sue Parsons and Jenny Read were the unbeaten form pair for Tavistock C in the 4-4 draw at Saltash A in Division 4.  Another pair to win all the sets for their team were Joan McGregor and Helen Foote for St. Budeaux C at Devonshire C.  The pair narrowly beat Maggie Dubbins and Henrietta Ferguson 7-5 ; 3-6 ; 10-8 (t/b) with Devonshire winning by 5-4.  Hill Lane B had only one of their regular team at Menheniot, who won by 8-0, but for Hill Lane, 13 year old Emily Gilbert played brilliantly in her events.  In Division 5, a consistent team performance with Joan Humphries and Carol Llewellyn unbeaten, saw Yelverton C win by 7-3 at Plympton B . Long, evenly fought rallies were the feature, when St. Mellion won the Cornish derby with Saltash B by 8-3.    Audrey Scott and Silvia Racca dropped just one game for Looe B, in a 6-2 win over Hill Lane C.

 In the Mens Division 1, St Budeaux A changed their usual partnerships and the team only lost 5-4 at Tavistock A, for whom Linden Hardisty and Paniotis Gianopoulos easily won their events.   Mannamead A and Hill Lane A fought out a match of really sound tennis, with Hill Lane winners by 7-4. Simon Prout and Matt Green won three sets for Mannamead, beating Rory Harries and Adrian Brown 2-6 ; 6-3 ; 10-5 (t/b) but were beaten 6-7 ; 7-5 ; 10-6 (t/b) by Seb Dartnell and Patrick Daykin.   Mannamead B, with two reserves, were defeated 8-0 by Ivybridge A.

Devonshire B failed to arrive at Tavistock B in Division 2  as they too misread the fixture, leaving Tavvy B winners by 8-0 and Devonshire B penalised five points. Liskeard were able to field their best line up for the first time, and it showed, with a 7-2 victory over Saltash A.   Rob Kellagher and Keith Abbott were a class above their opponents, winning their events convincingly.   Promoted Looe A are finding life pretty tough at present, and having three reserves at Devonshire A did not help, as the home team won by 8-0.    However, with Jack Puckey back and forming an almost faultless unbeaten partnership with Dave Richardson, Looe A won by 5-4 at Tavistock B, in a rearranged match.  Veteran Peter Cole played his first match for Tavy for some time and with Pete Rodgers beat Alan Palin and Des Hocking 7-6 ; 1-6 ; 10-8 (t/b). 

Plympton A just won by 5-4 against Plympton B in Division 3, courtesy of four sets from Steve Cole and Sam Raymond.  The pair combined effectively to win by 6-3 ; 6-2 against Dave Spencer and Adam Blain and by 6-1 ; 6-2 against John 0'Gorman and Richard Cooper. Ivybridge B had an easy 8-0 win over Ivybridge C .  St Budeaux B remain unbeaten after a 6-3 win at Plymstock A.  Reserves, Gary Symons and Dan Davidson, in their first B team match, beat Kevin Thomas and Marc Joanknecht 4-6 ; 6-1 ; 10-8 (t/b). 

St. Budeaux C also had a new partnership in Josh Honey and Karol Fisher, against Tavistock D in Division 4.  Honey and Fisher played intelligently throughout, with wins over Bill Sparks and Richard Hendin by 6-7 ; 6-3 ; 10-7 (t/b) and over George Newman and Martin Weaver by 6-3 ; 6-4 as St. Budeaux won by 6-4.     Powerful serving from both Andy Weymouth and Terry Leonard helped them to remain unbeaten for Yelverton A, in the 4-4 draw with Mannamead C .  Weymouth and Leonard accounted for Paul Matthews and Sam Arkle 6-1 ; 6-4 and Chris Shorter and Jacob Kodicek 6-2 ; 7-5.   There were few problems for Tavistock C in an 8-0 win over Hill Lane B.     

Looe B had a stronger team than usual for their Division 5 match with St. Mellion, with honours even at 4-4.   The unbeaten pair for Looe, Des Hocking and Dave Schofield, mastered the lobbing strategy of Roger Wratten and Roy Barraclough, to beat them by 6-1 ; 6-2.   Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford are still unbeaten for Whiteford Road A,  and four more sets from them earned the team a 4-4 draw with Plympton C.  Ivybridge D lost by 6-2 at Hill lane C, with Ben Semmence and Steve Cann winning the two sets for Ivybridge,  defeating Richard Allman and Matt Adams 6-3 ; 6-0. 

Plympton D kept up their winning form in Division 6 as St. Budeaux D went down by 6-2.  Saltash B played two matches on consecutive nights, starting with a hard fought 5-5  draw at Mannmead D.  Jacob Kodicek and Martin Whitmill for Mannamead beat Nigel Smith and John Jacobs 6-0 ; 2-6 ; 10-4 (t/b) and Jason Holland and Mike Madden 6-1 ; 6-1.  Unfortunately for Mannamead, after all their efforts, the result sheet was not posted in time, resulting in a two point deduction. Saltash B then went to Tavistock E, losing 6-4.  The winning pair however came from Saltash, with Nigel Smith and Ross Bunney beating Rick Read and John Mulley 6-7 ; 6-0 ; 10-1 (t/b), and Dave Marvin and Alex Ewings 4-6 ; 6-3 ; 10-8 (t/b).  With Tavistock B not having played against Devonshire B, Phil Harbottle moved down to Tavistock F  and made quite a difference as the team won by 5-4 at Mannamead D.

Noss Mayo continued their winning ways in Division 7, with a comfortable 8-0 win over Whiteford Road B, but Pete Glanfield and Jason Vosper only narrowly beat Peter Sherlock and Richard Williams by 7-5 ; 7-6.

Week 2

Very wet weather meant that on Monday May 5th ten matches were postponed making a total of fifteen in the first two weeks of the season.

No matches were played in the Mens Division 1, and in Division 2 a very strong Devonshire B team accounted for Liskeard by 8-0 and due to sickness Liskeard had only one pair.  Saltash A, with Phil Tucker back, were beaten 5-4 at home by Devonshire A.  Dave Harrington and James Taylor were unbeaten for Saltash, with Devonshire conceding a set through injury.

In Division 3,  Plymstock A in a good team performance won by 7-4 at Ivybridge C.   For Plymstock, John Davies and Chris Corbett beat Liam Jonas and Nick Toms 4-6 ; 7-6 ; 15-13 (t/b) and Clive Venables and Alan Donaldson 7-5 ; 6-0. with Kevin Thomas and Marc Joanknecht defeating Jonas and Toms 6-3 ; 2-6 ; 10-7 (t/b).   Adam Blain and Patrick Wilson formed an excellent and consistent attacking partnership for Plympton B, winning four sets in the 4-4 draw at St. Budeaux B.    Plympton A lost for the second week running when at Ivybridge B the home team won by 7-2 with Michael Renovich and James Sexton winning both their events in straight sets. 

Peter Middleton of Tavistock C managed to complete his matches despite picking up an injury at Mannamead C in Division 4.   Middleton and Richard Hendin beat Chris Shorter and Declan O'Connelt 6-3 ; 3-6 ; 11-9 (t/b) and with four sets from Phil Harbottle and Matt Smith, Tavvy won by 6-3.  By winning both the third set tie breaks, Hill Lane B scored a 6-4 victory at St. Budeaux C.   Steve Randall and Tom Langrishe won four sets for Hill lane with three sets coming from Gary Symons and Terry Hall for St. Budeaux.   Andy Weymouth and Terry Leonard were the form pair for Yelverton A at Tavistock D, with four sets in a 6-2 win.   

With the outside courts unplayable at Ivybridge D, the home team in Division 5 were very grateful for visitors Whiteford Road A agreeing to wait an hour until indoor courts were available.    Their wait was rewarded as  with Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford outstanding, the team won by 6-2.  The only Monday match played in the rain was at St. Mellion, who in awful conditions and finally vitiual darkness drew 5-5 with Hill Lane C.   Stalwart veterans Roy Barraclough and Roger Wratten were again the saviours for St. Mellion, remaining unbeaten but John Grainger and and Paul Shepherd just lost three of their sets on tie breaks.   Special mention for young Lewis Hutchinson of Hill Lane who displayed a super temperament and improved his game as the match progressed.  

No problems for Plympton D with an 8-1 win at Tavistock F in Division 6.  Tavistock E drew 4-4 at St. Budeaux D.  Alan Brimacombe and Simon Palmer were unbeaten for Devonshire C in Division 7, but the Devonshire second pair had to concede three sets  through injury allowing Yelverton B to win by 5-4.  Richard Allman and Anthony Murray won four sets for Hill Lane D in the 5-5 draw with Whiteford Road B but needed three sets to beat David Cooper and Benji Pritchard 6-3 ; 4-6 ; 10-3  (t/b).

Devonshire A have yet to drop a set in the Ladies Division 1, after an 8-0 win  over Ivybridge B, with Ivybridge A also defeating Tavistock A by the same score. 

Yelverton A battled gamely against Devonshire B who won by 8-0 in Division 2.     Sue Gale and Toni Aitken were both in  good form fpr St. Budeaux B in their Division 3 match at Mannamead B wining all their four sets  but Mannamead took the match by 5-4.  Looe A drew 5-5 with Ivybridge C and again were indebted to Judi Greenabnk and Gillian Bath for winning four sets.  Greenbank and Bath beat Jill Dickenson and Jane Rickman 6-2 ; 7-5 and Gill Woodyear and Annie Haigh 4-6 ; 6-4 ; 10-8 (t/b).  Ivybridge D failed to find  a team to travel to Yelverton B, who were awarded the match 8-0 with Ivybridge penalised a further five points. 

Honours were fairly even at Hill Lane B in Division 4, where Devonshire C came away a winners by 5-4  despite Libby Allman and Hannah Robinson winning both their events for Hill Lane.   Not so close at Tavistock C with Menheniot winning comfortably by 8-0.   Also losing 8-0 at home were Yeverton C against Looe B in Bivision 5.


Week 1

In the Mens Division 1, Hill Lane A started the defence of their Division 1 title, with a hard fought 7-3 win at Ivybridge A. For Hill Lane, Glenn Richards and ex Mannamead player Rory Harries were unbeaten, with wins over Rhys Dunsford and Ben Fenton by 6-2 ; 5-7 ; 10-5 (t/b), and over Ben Knight and Jos Woolford by 6-0 ; 6-3. It was much easier for Tavistock A, who took advantage of Mannamead A having to field two reserves, to win by 8-1. The two promoted teams, Mannamead B and St. Budeaux B, shared the points in a 4-4 draw. In very wet and miserable conditions, Umberto Fontanari and Richard Avent won all the sets for Mannamead. Looe A, up from Division3, did not make the Division 2 start they wanted, as visitors, Saltash A, came away winners by 8-0. Looe never gave up but Saltash were well worth their win. Rob Kellagher and Tom Fear were the saviours for Liskeard beating both Tavistock B pairs in the 4-4 draw.

In Division 3, both Plympton A and St. Budeaux B were down from Division 2, with Plympton missing some of their 2013 team. In a 7-3 win, Ashley Scoble and Martin Hill had little difficulty in winning four sets for St. Budeaux, with Ricky Palmer and Josh Honey having a real battle in beating Cameron Macleod and Patrick Wilson 6-4 ; 3-6 ; 10-5 (t/b) and losing to Steve Cole and Sam Raymond 6-4 ; 6-7 ; 10-6 (t/b). Plymstock A went down 6-2 at home to Ivybridge B, with Henry Warrender and Jake Freeman winning four sets for Ivybridge. All the Plympton B team played well in a comfortable 8-0 win over Ivybridge C. In a marathon Division 4 match, where all twelve sets were played, Tavistock D pulled rank over their C team by winning 7-5. Paul Newton and Bill Sparks for the D team, twice came back from losing the first set, to defeat Matt Smith and Charles Snow 6-7 ; 6-2 ; 13-11 (t/b) and Pete Rodgers and Pete Middleton 4-6 ; 6-3 ; 18-16 (t/b). Promoted Yelverton A started life in Division 4 with a 5-5 draw with St. Budeaux C. The Yelverton first pair of Andy Weymouth and Terry Leonard, who topped the Division 5 averages, made a disappointing start, beaten 6-4 ; 1-6 ; 10-8 (t/b) by Mike Foote and Gary Symons and 6-4 ; 6-3 by Gary Eato and Dan Davidson. Fortunately for Yelverton, Simon Murray and Chris Taylor hit form, to win both their events.

Newcomer Nigel Speller made a promising start for Whiteford Road A in Division 5. In the 6-2 win over St. Mellion, Speller and veteran Mike Goss won two sets, to complement four sets from Steve Kingston and Adam Mudford. Matt Hopper made his debut at senior level for Plympton C and with a calm and confident display was the star in the 8-0 win over Ivybridge D. Saltash B, with four sets from Patrick Poon and John Jacobs, deservedly defeated St. Budeaux D by 6-2 in Division 6. The second Tavistock derby match saw the E team beat the F team by 6-3. For the E team Paul Jackson and George Newton beat John White and Simon Ashford 4-6 ; 6-2 ; 10-5 (t/b), and Mike Prout and Steve Pearson 6-1 ; 6-2. Plympton D made it a good week for the club by defeating Mannamead D 8-1, with only Bernard Lien and Simon Dixon picking up a set for Mannamead. The newest team in the league, Noss Mayo, opened with a 6-2 win over Devonshire C in Division 7. Seasoned veterans and ex Ivybridge players, Ron Cole and Rob Thomas, were too experienced for their opponents, winning both events in straight sets. John Dean and Benji Pritchard were the unbeaten pair for Whiteford Road B in a 7-3 victory against Plymstock B.

Devonshire A fielded a very strong team against promoted St. Budeaux A in the Ladies Division 1. Tamsin and Shannon Sandy conceded just two games in winning their four sets and the only event where St. Budeaux, at times, stretched their opponents, was when Nancy O'Connor and Janet Butler lost 6-4 ; 6-3 to Lucy Ryland and Natalie Hepburn. Every set was a close affair in Division 2, when Plympton A won by 7-3 at Hill Lane A. Alison Miles and Helen Wright won four sets for Plympton beating Luisa Warring and Sandra O'Sullivan 2-6 ; 6-2 ; 10-8 (t/b) and Sophie Murray and Emily Ramsden 7-6 (8-6) ; 6-4. Looe A were playing in their highest level to date in Division 3 and drew 4-4 at St. Budeaux B. Judy Greenbank and Gillian Bath combined well for Looe, playing with consistency throughout, to defeat Sue Gale and Toni Aitken 6-3 ; 6-2 and Joan McGregor and Helen Foote 7-5 ; 7-5. The longest and closest match of the week came in Division 4, where St. Budeaux C beat Hill Lane B by 8-3. Debbie Wilson and Sinead Kilkenny were the best pair for Hill Lane but lost both events in the long tie break, after winning the first set. They were defeated 2-6 ; 6-3 ; 12-10 (t/b) by Pat Hexter and Liz Gill and 4-6 ; 6-4 ; 10-4 (t/b) by Viv Sargeant and Debbie Bradbury. Menheniot scored a 6-2 win over Saltash A, with Zoe Harris and Jacqui Batterbee unbeaten for Menheniot. Both teams were evenly matched at Devonshire C, who finally overcame determined resistance from Tavistock C to win by 6-4. Wendy George and Mel Broadhurst were on court throughout in remaining unbeaten for Tavvy, with wins over Henrietta Ferguson and Maggie Dubbins by 1-6 ; 6-4 ; 10-7 (t/b) and over Caroline Abernethy and Julia Goss by 6-4 ; 5-7 ; 10-8 (t/b). Saltash B, back in the league after several seasons absence, made a confident start, winning by 8-0 against Hill Lane C in Division 5. Also winning by 8-0 were St. Mellion, against two player Yelverton C.

Other results

Men Div 5 Hill Lane C 2 Looe B 6

Ladies Div 3 Ivybridge C 8 Yelverton B 1, Ivybridge D 3 Mannamead B 6