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Tennis: Boorman rolls back the years in Dunnington survival mission
10:29am Tuesday 4th September 2012 in Sport
SPONSOR Derek Boorman came out of retirement at the age of 79 to help Dunnington 3 edge towards safety in division seven of the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis League.
Boorman, who has been backing the league for more than 30 years, won ten games with Howard Widdall to secure the team bonus 60-48 as they beat Selby 8-4.
Jason Clarke and Richard Dawes took two points from 22 games for Selby, but they were bettered by Dunnington’s Nick Bentley and Gerry Hallom, with 2½ points and 24 games won, and captain Rob Rhodes and Dave Carver who top-scored with 2½ and 26.
At the top of division seven, leaders Wigginton 3 beat second-placed visitors Wheldrake 9-3.
Wigginton 3’s Les Almond and Andy Crockett edged a close first rubber 7-5 against Colin Brooks and Steve Capewell, going on to bag a maximum three points from 25 games in the convincing 60-48 result.
A superb three points and 26 games by Ed Barker-Wyatt and Ben Dyer hauled Pocklington to safety in division one with an 8-4 victory over Fulford . Nick Robinson and Tom Walker were also unbeaten for Pock with two points from 19 games.
Pocklington’s win leaves York in danger of relegation for the first time in the history of the league.
York’s destiny is in their own hands as they face Pocklington in their last two matches.
Wigginton 1 need only eight points from their last two matches to claim the division two title.
Starbeck, with two games in hand, are an outside bet for promotion and the title after taking 7½ points in a 55-53 win over Knaresborough King James.
In division three, Copmanthorpe went top with a 64-44 win at home to Appleton Roebuck thanks to three points and 23 games from captain Graeme Butcher and Alan Partington.
Harrogate Academy wrapped up the division eight title with a 12-0 win at Stamford Bridge 3.