CHAMPIONS David Lloyd got off to a flyer in the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League, winning 11 points at home to Copmanthorpe.
After a gutsy contest, promoted Cop left the happier with Graeme Butcher enthusing: “We’ve won our first point in the top division for six years.”
The Lloyd result was bettered by Rowntree Park, who dropped just a half-point to visitors Wetherby in a 93-15 rout.
Park’s varsity star Sam Davies partnered new boy Steve Spavin to a rare 36-game maximum, the first in the men’s league for nearly four years.
Poppleton 1 lost just one rubber in a 10½-point haul against newly-promoted York 1.
York 3 gained consolation with an 8½-3½ result against Poppleton 3 for a winning start in division four.
There were twin wins for Wigginton in their season opening double-header against Fulford.
In division one at Wigginton, home captain Phil Langley and James Walker went unbeaten in a 9-3 victory. At Fulford, in the division three clash, Wigginton 2’s Matt Waudby and Chris Cheesman scored a maximum and 26 games in an identical result against Fulford 2.
John Moore scored 2½-21 with James Hirst on his debut for York 2 in division two.
Despite Moore’s efforts, it was visitors Dunnington who pinched a 55-53 win for 7½ points.
Dunnington old boy Trevor Loten also enjoyed an unbeaten return after a year’s absence, with 2-21, for Pocklington 2 at Copmanthorpe 2 in division eight.
There was a 12-pointer for Harrogate Racquets in division four, as dad-and-son pair Jonathan and George Smail – the last pair to score a maximum 36 games in the men’s league - blasted Bishopthorpe with 3-33.
Starbeck also took 12 points against their own second team in division three.
Comeback of the day was a final round 2½-21 from hosts Bubwith to claim a 54-54 draw and 6½ points against Sutton-on-Derwent in division two.
Rufforth edged a close division five clash by 56-52 despite a last-gasp fightback by hosts Wetherby 2, to return 7½ points.
James Edmond and Andy Goodchild starred for the visitors with a maximum three points and 26 vital games.
Alne & Tollerton’s trip to Sherburn was in vain as Stephen Duree and Phil Bremner won 35 games for the hosts in an emphatic 9-3 (68-40) victory.
Brothers Matt and Dan Poole are back together, scoring 3-27 as Wilberfoss walloped a depleted Boston Spa 2 by 76-32 for 11½ points.
Boston Spa have withdrawn their third team from the league, so division seven will be contested by seven teams.