Hutton A started their defence of the title with only two players but were thankful that opponents Coneysthorpe A could only field two on the night. Conceding two games each Hutton ran out 8-2 winners thanks to unblemished performances from Tom Needham and Paul Young and leaving

Coneysthorpe’s Joe Suchecki rueing a 5 set loss to Young.  Amotherby A's young pretenders to the to the 1st division title, Ryan Hood, Tom Thorpe and Arthur Sorley got their season off to a great start, dismissing Swinton  9-1 with an all-round scintillating display, Steve Oldfield avoiding an embarrassing whitewash for Swinton. Whitby's Dave Williams, Barry Pearson and Barbara Kearney will also be in with a shout if they continue this form as they bagged the maximum score - 10 nil against Ryedale C's Titch Temple, Jan Bryan and Barry Todd. Ryedale A won 7-3 against their B team in a match that flattered the home side. Stephen Temple, Mike Wheatley and Mike Fenby all won two, with Ed Wardman and Peter Lee for the B team unlucky to lose their 5 setters.


In the 2nd Div. it was nip and tuck for all the matches. John Gascoyne was too savvy for Ryedale E opponents Dave Burnham, Russ and Linda Scott. His unbeaten display coupled with wins for Andy Paton (2) and Barry Rudd (1) saw them win 7-3. Ryedale F just scrapped home against Coneysthorpe thanks to a sparkling debut from man of the match Andrew Malley. Assists from Jean Wardman (2) and Mick Carter (1) saw them home 6-4. Coneysthorpe replied with a brace from Tom Walsh and a single to Eddie Prest. Hutton B also had a valuable 6-4 away win at FERA thanks to Andrew Grayson and Ollie Braithwaite winning all their games. For FERA Patrick Hough, Chris Richards and Aled Griffiths all won one each plus the doubles. Amotherby C and B clashed in a keenly contested match. A brace each from Ken Darby and Ian Dawson plus one from Nick Knight was not enough for the B team as the C's star man, Malcolm Sims, remained unbeaten before teaming up with Andy Holmes (1) to ensure a draw.


The 3rd Div. saw just two matches, both finishing 7-3 to the home side.  Ryedale H newcomers, John Stott, Ian Hutchinson and Harry Gascoyne all recorded a pair each as they overcame Hutton C's Mircea Voicu (2), Barbara Johnson (1) and an unlucky Mathew Bedford. Toby Crusher, Nick Bowes and Philip Trevelyan for Helmsley all won two each plus the doubles to overcome Amotherby D for whom Richard Brown remained invincible, with Ruth Wilson and Andy Studdart finding the opposition too tough.  

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In Division 1 Amotherby A got their second win, just overcoming Coneysthorpe A 6-4 thanks to a solid unbeaten display from Tom Thorpe, a brace from Arthur Sorley and a single to Russ Grimshaw.  Coneysthorpe replied with a pair from new signing Dave Quinlan and one from Joe Suchecki who teamed up to take the doubles. Swinton were on the wrong end of three five setters which enabled Ryedale A to secure an 8-2 victory, with  the Rye's Stephen Temple and John Flintoft both fortunate to finish unbeaten on the night. Pat Swindell and Paul Cuthbertson, for Swinton, both overcame an out of sorts Mike Wheatley. Ryedale B in a keenly contested match eventually ran out comfortable winners against their C team. Ed Wardman and Peter Lee dug in deep to win all their games and a single from Alec Hodgson, added to the doubles, ensured an 8-2 win. Titch Temple (1), Barry Todd (1) and Jan Bryan for the C team all played well, just lacking that bit of luck, to turn a loss into a win. 

In Div.2 Ryedale F have found themselves a gem of a player as once again Andrew Malley was their star man and with a brace each from Alan Kirkwood and Jean Wardman they overcame FERA 8-2 for whom Aled Griffiths was the only winner. Ryedale D found the going tough against Coneysthorpe B. Barry Rudd struggling just back from injury could only win one and with young Harry Gascoyne a little out of his depth it was left to a resolute John Gascoyne to dig in and win his three. Coneysthorpe's much improved Tom Walsh with Eddie and Wendy Prest however showed no sympathy as they each won two plus the doubles for a well-earned 7-3 victory.

In Div.3 Ryedale G started their campaign against VTS Design who, now in their third season, continue to show steady improvement. An unbeaten performance from man of the match Bradley Train and singles from team mates Barnaby and Carrick  Blacker put them in a winning position. The G team however fought back with singles from Robert Williams and Andrew Dent plus a brace from the effervescent  Ros Thorpe and then taking the doubles to ensure a draw 5-5 and a fair result. Hutton C had no answer to Helmsley's top performer Toby Crusher (3) who linked up with Nick Bowes (2) and Chet Butler (1)  to ensure a comfortable 7-3 win. Hutton replied with a brace from the dependable Mircea Voicu and a solo effort from Mathew Bedford.  Just reward for a keenly contested match. Westow got their season off to a great start with an emphatic win 9-1 over Amotherby D. Sara Winn-Darley registered a maximum score ably assisted  with a brace each from Roger Dunning and Colin Payne. Linda Clarke scored the consolation point for Amotherby.

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