With the York and Scarborough table tennis leagues cancelling their seasons due to covid-19, Ryedale have been left to fly the flag but with a reduced membership and league structure. So under strict guidelines, compliance with Government directives and with only singles matches to play, the league, but not as we know it, got under way. 

In Div.1 Swinton shrugged off the cobwebs with a comfortable 8-1 victory over Ryedale D. Star man Pat Swindell along with new recruit Adam Ridley both remained undefeated with Dave Chugg recording a brace after losing to Andy Paton whose team mates Barry Rudd and John Gascoyne just found the opposition too good on the night.

A re shuffled Ryedale B team saw John Flintoft drop down from the 'A' team and record two wins against Coneysthorpes Russ Barton and Jo Suchecki. However in a very competitive match, that was as good as it got for the away team as the Coneys player of the match Dave Quinlan recorded a trio of wins and with Barton and Suchecki overcoming Ed Wardman and Andrew Malley they ran out 7-2 victors.

Ryedale C entertained their A team and found Stephen Temple too hot to handle as he took all his three games. Not to be out done the C team fought back with a double from Ruth Purseglove and a solo effort from Titch Temple but with a pair from Barbara Kearney and a single to Andy Paton the A team took the honours 6-3.

Div. 2 sees a mixture of teams pitted together from last seasons second tier and the third which has inevitably thrown up a various mix of talent. So to those players perhaps less skilfully challenged than others I say on behalf of the league 'thank you' because if you hadn't put your team in the hat there wouldn't be a 2nd division. So please enjoy.

Ryedale E welcomed Paula O'Donnell, Ellie Smith and Linda Clarke from Amotherby D and it proved to be a hard night for the away team who fought tenaciously throughout pushing the Rye's all the way before going down 8-1 thanks to a trio of wins for Mick Carter and John Ellis plus a brace for Alan Kirkwood.

Amotherby B had a comfortable 9-0 win at Hutton le Hole thanks to a flawless display from Andy Holmes, Josh Blakeston and Malcolm Sims. Barbara Johnson, Barry Sunley and Heather Donald gave it their all but to no avail.

Rillington came out on top after their encounter with Ryedale G but it was no walk in the park. Thankfully both Tom Brown and Philip Horton were on the ball to win all their games backed up by Chris Needham with a single. Ros Thorpe (1) and John Stott (1)  and a luckless Dan Stanfield knowing it could  and should have been closer.

The match between Amotherby C and Ryedale F see-sawed one way then the other before the Rye's Rob Wilkinson defeated Johnathan Hill to take the match 5-4. Prior to that Amotherby's star man Richard Lee had taken all three games adding to a single from Hill but Pete Whitfield with a double and a solo effort from Andy Dent set up Wilkinson to take the plaudits with his second win of the night.

Pat Swindell

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