Tennis: Davies and Spavin spearhead Rowntree success

York Press: It is a stroll for early-season runaway leaders Rowntree Park, from left, Steve Spavin, Sam Davies, captain James Denmark, Pete Jones, Paul Adams (kneeling) and Nils Morosz It is a stroll for early-season runaway leaders Rowntree Park, from left, Steve Spavin, Sam Davies, captain James Denmark, Pete Jones, Paul Adams (kneeling) and Nils Morosz

SAM DAVIES and Steve Spavin dropped their first points of the season in the Tyke Petroleum Men’s League - but their Rowntree Park side top the division one table

They pair lost just half a point to Dave Atkinson and Jack Woods as table-toppers Park took 10½ points from their visit to promoted Copmanthorpe.

York's John Moore and Olly Gardner won a crucial 8-4 final rubber when their game with Wigginton was all-square, allowing York to steal it 56-52, despite a maximum 3-22 from the visitors' Ben Walker and Jason Whiting.

Popp came a cropper at home to Fulford as Sean Evans and Govind Baker ran rampant with 3-30 against the 2012 champions. Wetherby claimed a good result, with each of their pairs sneaking a point at David Lloyd to close on Copmanthorpe.

The top-of-the-table clash in division two went Bubwith’s way at Rowntree Park 2.

Jon Longthorpe and Daryl Young hit a near perfect 3-22 as the visitors squeezed a huge 9½ points from only 59 games won.

Dunnington are at their shoulders with a match in hand as Kevin Todd and Greg Ashcroft hit 3-31, in a ten-point romp at home to Boston Spa.

Captain Marc Jones’ return after injury did not go well as Starbeck firsts consolidated their lead at the top of division three with 8½ points in a closely fought 58-50 result at Wigginton 2, with no pair unbeaten.

Kevin Lodge and Josh Cole scored a match-winning 11-1 first-round rubber, as Starbeck 2 held on to win at home against a storming comeback by Pocklington in a thrilling 6½-5½ (55-53) contest.

Stamford Bridge thought they were half way home after a storming three-point start at Knaresborough, only to lose 46 games for a 47-61 reverse.

James and Robbie Greenall came away from Harrogate unbeaten with 2-19 as Poppleton 3 took a precious four points off Academy.

Bishopthorpe’s remarkable battering of Stamford Bridge 2 on their own turf puts them back into promotion contention as James Parker and a youthful James MacKie nailed a max and 29 games.

In division five, Sherburn's Steve Caslake and Tristan Gretton scored 3-28 at Wetherby 2.

Nick Latcham and Olly Hicks, with 2½-24, nicked another close one for Heworth 56-52 at home to Wilberfoss.

Rufforth hang onto second place as Paul Yoward returned to bolster their middle order with 2-20 at Alne & Tollerton, partnering Chris Laws.

Mark Goddard and Jon Los’ first round 10-2 against Les Almond and Dave Roberts proved the match-winner in a 55-53 result for Sutton-on-Derwent 2 at home to Wigginton 3 at the top of division six.

Bishopthorpe 2 celebrated their first win of the season as they scored nearly half their games total against Wigginton 4’s late-change first pair.

Leaders Cawood thrashed David Lloyd 3 by a record-breaking 100-8 in division seven. Cawood captain Tim Tillett and Adam Raistrick scored the second perfect 36-game maximum in the men’s league this season.

Heworth 2 almost managed the maximum points from 61 games won, with a huge 10½-point haul at Bubwith 2. All of Heworth 2’s pairs were undefeated on 2½ points, with Alan Bradshaw and Andy Cuttill winning 21 games.

The agony continues for Sheriff Hutton in division eight, after a final-round retirement added to the rout inflicted by visitors Copmanthorpe 2.

Harrogate Racquets 2 had their first win at Pocklington 2. Father and son Jim and Jacques Haddleton took 3-25.

Newcomers Jack Cameron and Will Powell were the stand-outs, pairing up for 2½-23, as Strensall beat Starbeck 3.

York 4 consolidated their lead with a 10½-point drubbing of Wilberfoss 2.

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