Tennis: Davies and Spavin spearhead Rowntree success

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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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