BUBWITH have lost their first game in the IT Sports York and District Mixed Tennis League for several seasons.

They have shot up through the divisions but were finally edged out 56-52 by Stillington in division two.

Paul Blackett and Jill Schofield were top scorers, winning 29 games, and shared their rubber with Stillington's leading pair, Tim Madgwick and Sara Cook.

Unbeaten York, like Stillington, have made a good start beating Dunnington 57-51 and Fulford 55-53. Paul Whurr and Claire Taylor top scored at Dunnington, while Angus Smith and Kathryn place shone against Fulford, whose Richard and Di Ekers won 27 games.

York and Civil Service are the only unbeaten teams in division one after Service pulled off a shock 59-49 win over under-strength Poppleton, whose Phil Sinton and Jackie Ritchie were just outscored by Service pairing Andy Porter and Helen Leach.

York clocked up another big win, hammering Dunnington 78-30.

Castlegarth are the early leaders in division three after winning 74-34 at Dunnington where Rob Osborne and Sue Jacklin won 29 games, just one more than team-mates Matthew Vines and Kathryn Wells.

Bishopthorpe registered their first win as Paul Cook and Sue Yoward sparkled in a 70-38 home win over Tollerton.

Richard Pears and Georgina Worley led Fulford's victory charge with 27 games in their 72-36 win at Wigginton. Fulford then defeated visiting Copmanthorpe 65-43 although only one game separated the couples.

Selby's Kirsty Goodwin and Francis Milovejevic won their final rubber 11-1 to seal victory over Riccall. Selby also had a more comfortable 66-42 win at Poppleton, where Chris and Lucy Godwin headed the scoring.

Promoted teams Sutton on Derwent and Civil Service have made an unbeaten start to life in division six. Neil Johnson and Zoe Manton led Civil Service to a 65-43 win over Dunnington with 26 games.

Peter Finlay and Danni Courtine were the highest scorers of the week, winning 31 games in York's 82-26 win at Strensall in division seven.

Castlegarth have also started well but will face a stiff test next Tuesday when they meet York, who maintained their undefeated start to the campaign by winning 70-38 at New Earswick, where Doug Crawford and Alison Cooper were in top form.

Richard and Carolynne Taylor spearheaded Cawood's good start by winning 28 games in victories over Wistow (57-51) and Dunnington (61-47).

Nestle Rowntree's Clive Christian and Caroline Parkin amassed 28 games as they thumped Wistow 71-37.

Wigginton suffered their first defeat of the Tyke York Men's Tennis League season, losing 59-49 at Sutton in division one with Paul Thomas and Chris Hobson unbeaten with 26 games.

Bubwith's Ian Driffill and Cliff Harrison rattled up 25 games but it was not enough to stop Poppleton winning 66-42. John Moore and Michael Binns scored 24 for Poppleton.

Dunnington's Paul Birch and John Sumner's 26 games helped Dunnington to victory over Wheldrake, whose Jamie Moore and Paul Gowland won 22 games.

Dunnington II defeated Boston Spa 62-46 with Doug Low and Anthony Downing unbeaten with 25 games. Howard Pallister and John Dyson also scored 25 without loss in York's 67-41 win at Civil Service. Despite losing a round, Pete Sutherland and John Logan picked up 22 games, while Service's best response was 19 from Philip Sinton and Andrew Crockett.

Castlegarth I continued their progress in division three with a sound 62-46 win over Bishopthorpe. Mike Park and Matthew Vine's 23 was the best return for the home side - just two more than Bishopthorpe's Paul Cook and Sam Watson.

Castlegarth II had a closer call at Cawood scraping home by two games. Cawood earned a four-game lead after 36 games but could not retain it.

Wigginton II's campaign started with a draw against Poppleton II. After 36 games, Wigginton had a 14-game lead but, having lost 18 games, Poppleton fought back for the draw. Both Wigginton's Ken Storey and Andy Walker and Poppleton's Dave Carling and Rob McLean scored 21.

York II's 58-50 win against Knaresborough II was flattering as the opposition's third pair who could manage only three games.

In division four, Wilberfoss chalked up a 63-45 win against Heworth by 63-45.

Cliffe reversed their poor start in division five with a 79-29 win over Selby thanks to 28 from John Leetham and Dave Hall and 27 from the Dave Tomlinson-Ian Tomlinson combination as Cliffe won all nine rubbers.

Strensall II's win against Wheldrake was helped by Wheldrake having to concede 16 games. Dunnington II scraped a win 56-52 with Boston Spa II in a division six match that was level after eight sets.

Cawood II have withdrawn from division six so their results are void. Six clubs are reminded that their results were not received and fines are levied.

Updated: 11:21 Tuesday, May 20, 2003