DAVID LLOYD lead the Tyke Petroleum Men’s Tennis league division one after another 11-point master class against a Wigginton side missing key players. Ben Orton and Jan Dyl topped with 3-33 for Lloyd.

Nick Turnbull and Nikki Rohlfing also matched 3-33 as champions Poppleton opened their title defence with a big win against old rivals Dunnington.

Rowntree Park expected a tougher time at home to promoted Copmanthorpe. Captain James Denmark and Steve Spaven returned 3-31 for Park.

Academy also took the twin-pronged approach, spearing all but their third pair’s points in a 55-53 last gasp win at home to York.

Fulford's new signing Leo Knighton and Adam Magson returned 3-25, edging a 55-53 home win to end Racquets’ reign at the top of division two.

Neighbours Starbeck now hold top spot after two unbeaten pairs saw off hosts Poppleton 2.

Bubwith scrapped five tough rubber points off promoted David Lloyd 2 but lost overall to their hosts' third pair, Marc Jones and Matt Kneafsley’s bonus-blagging 20 games.

Appleton Roebuck suffered a third reverse in their division two campaign as visiting Sutton’s Matt Ward and George Hobson pinched a cheeky 2½-21.

A keenly contested top two clash in division three saw Wetherby aced 22-14 in the final round to snatch the bonus from division two drop-outs Wigginton 2. David Corbyn and Nigel Williams polled 3-26 for the Castlegarthers.

Boston Spa enjoyed the visit of near neighbours Starbeck 2. Matt Lewis and Paul Kaye led the charge for Spa with 3-26.

A prodigious start to 2017 by Sherburn who scalped a strong Rowntree Park 2 thanks mainly to captain Stephen Duree and new boy Chris Harper, who won more than half their team’s total.

Despite the absence of new captain Jamie Winspear (on first team duties), York 2 beat Knaresborough. Richard Cranidge held the fort for York, partnering Neil Giltrap to 3-25.

Racquets 2 toppled Academy 2 in division four thanks to an imperious 3-28 from Adrian Walker and Will Marshall. Wigginton 3 now lead the division after a topsy-turvy home fixture against Appleton Roebuck 2. A 10-2 from Andy Galloway and Dom Wright ultimately swung the match bonus Wiggy’s way.

Copmanthorpe 2 took maximum points at home to Sutton-on-Derwent 2. Graeme Butcher and Lindsay McLeod helped themselves to 3-31.

Starbeck 3 scrambled in vain to recover a bad start at home to Rufforth whose Charlie Dixon and Jack Benson proved unbeatable with 2½-22.

Determined not to miss out this year, Wilberfoss nailed another big win in division five, this time against luckless Boston Spa 2. Dan Jacques and Tim Hunt returned a monster 3-27 for last year’s runners-up.

Rampant division seven champions Riccall fell at the first, as father and son Wetherby 2 pair Mike Park and Ollie Boyes-Park took a maximum 3-27.

In stark contrast, division eight cup winners Alne & Tollerton took Bishopthorpe apart for an impressive start at the higher level. Steve Broughton and Charlie Price starred with 3-31.

Division six leaders Selby hit Bubwith 2 for a 26-10 first round and never looked back. Mark Hodge and Jason Clarke led the charge with 3-28.

Sheriff Hutton, amazingly, salvaged a draw despite taking only two pairs to division seven leaders Pocklington. Josh Williams and Andy Frank nailed 3-27.

David Lloyd 3 walloped Wigginton 4 for a 12-pointer up at Strensall. Paul Gowland and Al Heath the pick with 3-27. Making it a clean sweep for David Lloyd (all 4 of their men's teams winning on the same morning), their fourth team claimed their first ever win in the men’s league, with a 55-53 nail-biter at Heworth 2. Will Rowntree and Jack Hoare held the line with 2-22.

Andy Smith and Matthew Stephenson were the day’s top scorers - dropping just one game as Strensall took 97 off Bishopthorpe 2 in division eight.

Poppleton 3’s Pete Moss and Ben Crick joined the over-thirties with 33 away to Wheldrake who managed a single point from two drawn rubbers.