News from the League

Tennis Review Week 1. 20th May

In the first week of matches, only Looe B, in the Men’s Division 5, achieved maximum points in their 72 -11 win over Tavistock D.

In the Men’s Division 1, the two promoted teams from 2019 met at St. Budeaux B, with visitors Hill Lane winning by 48-47. Ali Al-Moussawi and Alan Mayes were the unbeaten pair for Hill Lane, defeating Martin Hill and Devlin Skinner 18-5 and Matt Lloyd and Troy Lambourne 18-6. St. Budeaux A also lost, going down 16-69 to a strong Devonshire A line up. Linden Hardisty and Chris Ryland were almost unplayable for Devonshire, losing just one game.

The match at Mannamead A lasted nearly three hours, before, with thirty four points from Jamie Moncrieff and Simon Poyner, Mannamead finally overcame Tavistock A by 63-34. Ranking order held good at Plympton A in Division 2, with a 63-26 win over Plympton B, with the A team winning all four events. In Division 3, Yelverton A needed their second pair of Tom Alway and Jim Aird to win both their events, in the 56-42 victory over Mannamead C. Alway and Aird defeated Phil Whitby and David Whitelock 15-10 and Simon Dusting and Toby Clark 18-7. The winning of three tie-breaks made all the difference when Noss Mayo A beat Tavistock B 50-42.

Tim Randell and Chris King of Plymstock were too good for both St. Mellion pairs, being unbeaten with a game score of 36-3, in Division 4, with Plymstock winning narrowly by 44-39.

Three tie breaks were played at Devonshire B, with the home team winning all of them, in defeating St.Budeaux D 65-28 in Division 5. The South East Cornwall derby match resulted in Menheniot winning, in Division 6, at Looe C by 69-17. A feature of the match was the brilliant net play from David Elworthy and Don Hollick of Menheniot, who only dropped one game in four sets.

A strong Devonshire A team started in fine form at St. Budeaux A, in the Ladies Division 1. Mae Dartnell and Mia Loy remained unbeaten for Devonshire, in a team win by 65-31. Kate Gibbons and Nicki Aitken won twenty two points for St.Budeaux, including beating Lucy Ryland and Georgia Jones 15-11.

Plympton A, up from Division 2, did well to win forty games against St. Budeaux B, but lost the match 40-61. For Plympton, Lyn Helliwell and Alison Miles scored a good win over Toni Lloyd and Sue Gale in straight sets by 12-10. The Looe A first pair of Jess White and Karen Galloway played a major part in the 45-39 win against Yelverton A, in Division 2. White and Galloway won thirty six points, in beating Di Harrison-Webber and Helen Smith 18-3, and Fi Murphy and Sandy Johnson 36-0.

In a very competitive first match of the season, Devonshire B won a closer match than the score would suggest, by 66-30, at Hill Lane A. Sophie Raymond and Alice Wildgoose had little difficulty in winning their two events 36-7 for Plympton B, who won 63-25 in Division 3. Sue Parsons and Tracey Morrison were the form pair, with two wins for Tavistock B at Menheniot A. However their 32 points were not enough to prevent Menheniot winning by 51-42. All twelve sets were played at St. Budeaux C, in Division 4, with Saltash beaten 50-46. Jill Cansfield and Di Fitton were another unlucky pair, to win both events and finish on the losing side.

It was good to see Ladies team tennis return to Plymstock after too long an absence. Their opponents were Hill Lane B, who won by 71-27 in Division 5. Although losing, the Plymstock team were really pleased to be back in the league.

Other Results: –

Division 2 Ivybridge A 71 Ivybridge B 24
Division 3 Saltash A 61 Whiteford Road 27
Division 4 Tavistock C 70 Ivybridge C 20
Hill Lane B 23 St. Budeaux C 69
Division 6 Yelverton B 35 Mannamead E 58
Yelverton C 69 Looe C 29