David Lloyd teams to fore in Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League big push

Wigginton captain Marc Jones raps the ball over the net watched by  partner James Walker  in the win at York

Wigginton captain Marc Jones raps the ball over the net watched by partner James Walker in the win at York

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THE city’s two largest clubs faced each other across two divisions of the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League at David Lloyd.

On the indoor courts in division one, York got no change from a very balanced David Lloyd team.

All three Lloyd pairs bagged three points, with Rowan Moss and captain Andrew Holmes netting 28 games in a comprehensive 81-27 win.

On the outdoor courts in the division five clash, York 3’s Pete Findlay and Gordon Bruce had a field day with three from 24 games.

Sadly, their team-mates could only muster another ½ point between them, as David Lloyd 2 triumphed 8½-3½ (59-49). The successes propelled David Lloyd teams to the top of both divisions.

Only Govind Baker and Richard Parker notched points for Fulford, as previous leaders, Rowntree Park, came calling.

Park’s top pair of Steve McNichol and Sam Davies scored their second maximum in a row, this week from 27 games, in an impressive 10-2 (69-39) away victory.

There was a huge haul for runaway leaders Wigginton at York 2.

Captain Marc Jones and partner James Walker were again in form, with 2½ points from 20 games, while Ben Walker and Ben Storey returned three from 28. Castlegarth snatched second place from Boston Spa, thanks to a 9-3 derby win at their nearest neighbours.

The Wetherby side saw the return of star player, David Woon, who returned an unbeaten 2½ points and 27 games with Roger Fawcuss, in the 62-46 win.

For Knaresborough King James, three of their five rubbers in a tight 55-53 result were won by Justin Crowe and Mark Davis for an overall 8½-3½ win. Stamford Bridge got off the mark and, off the bottom, with their first win, against strugglers Bubwith.

Only Bram Tunbridge and Paul Blackett with two from 20 scored points for Bubwith.

The third division’s leading two both lost to leave Rowntree Park 2 to go clear as Kevin Davison and John Neary (3-28) excelled at home to Boston Spa 2. Wilberfoss succumbed at Appleton Roebuck who’ve yet to be beaten, while Sherburn could only muster two pairs for their match against Sutton-on-Derwent. All three pairs from division four table-toppers, Wigginton 2, bagged two points in their comfortable 9-3 (69-39) win at home to Copmanthorpe 2. Lindsay McLeod and Matt Blackburn returned 2½ from 21 games for the visitors. It was smash and grab for Dunnington 2 at Starbeck 2, where Mike Taylor and Kevin Lodge paired up again for three points and 28 games in a 53-55, 3½-8½ reverse. Harlow could not narrow the gap on division five leaders David Lloyd, despite captain Chris James and Ivan Duchovsky being the week’s top scorers with 3-33, at Bubwith 2. Heworth jump to third, only a point behind Harlow, but with a match in hand, after their superb 10-2 (36-72) triumph at Castlegarth 2, thanks to three points and 29 games from the Ollies-Hicks and Headlam-Morley pairings.

A superb match at Sutton-on-Derwent 2 saw Dave Nowell and Vince Pryce score 2½ points – the most they could from their 20 games – as the hosts narrowly took the points 7-5, in a 54-all contest against Riccall. York 4 stay top of division six on games won from Poppleton 3, who dropped only one point at Sheriff Hutton, while Stamford Bridge 2 jumped to third after an unbeaten 11-1 success at Wilberfoss 2. Les Andrew and Rob Proudley returned both of Alne and Tollerton’s points, at home to Bishopthorpe 2, who fell a place to fourth.

Pocklington 2 cling on to top spot in division seven, despite a 10-2 (67-41) walloping by Boston Spa 3rds, who went second on games won from Wheldrake and Wigginton 4. Dunnington 3 edged a narrow 56-52 success at home to Starbeck 3 for 7½ points and their first match win of the year.

New Earswick’s Steve Walker and James Chambers battled their hosts’ first pair to 6-6, to return 2½ from 22, in a 54-54 draw at Stamford Bridge 3rds before winning 7-5 as New Earswick’s other pairs provided good support with three points and 32 games.

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