Sadly, the League has lost four teams from last season and as a result has reverted back to two divisions.  In Div.1 two newly promoted teams were thrown in at the deep end and soon found themselves struggling. Current champions Hutton A took on  Ryedale E's Alan Kirkwood, Mick Carter and Jean Wardman who found Paul Young, Tom Needham and Joel Wright showing no signs of sympathy when running out comfortable winners 10-nil. Coneysthorpe's Tim Smith, Russ Barton and Jo Suchecki were in similar mood when visiting Ryedale D and although not having it all their own way they also won 10-0. The Rye's Harry Gascoyne found the going tough but Andy Paton and John Gascoyne pushed their opponents all the way and will take the positives into the next match. Pat Swindell took the first game for Swinton but Ryedale B fought back to lead 5-2 through Ed Wardman, Trevor Teasdale and Alec Hodgson but then lost their way as man of the match Swindell and Dave Chugg knuckled down to win the next three games including the doubles to snatch a draw. Ryedale C got their season under way with a fine 8-2 win over promoted Hutton B. Star man Andy Paton was unbeaten with teammates Titch Temple and Barry Todd chipping in with a brace each. Ollie Braithwaite won two for Hutton with Chris Parker and Mircea Voicu unlucky to finish empty handed. John Flintoft took a brace and Stephen Temple and Mike Fenby a single each but losing the doubles proved costly as they went down 4-6 to Whitby's star man Dave Williams (3), Bob Evans (1) and Barbara Kearney (1) 

In Div 2. disaster struck Westow's Colin Payne as he defended an attack in the final doubles game. Falling over he cracked his head and broke his arm, which summed up their night as they lost 9-1 to Amotherby B who had Josh Blakeston and Malcolm Sims unbeaten with Andy Holmes losing out to John Clayton. The league wish Colin a speedy recovery. Last season’s Div 3 winners Helmsley, looking for back to back promotions, started their campaign with an emphatic 9-1 win over Amotherby C's Ian Dawson, Alan Mitchell and Ruth Wilson who had an uphill struggle to compete against a formidable threesome of Ruth Purseglove, Nick Bowes and Phil Trevelyan. Newcomers Whitby B had a very comfortable introduction to the league with both Nick Campbell and Stuart Hurworth undefeated and with a brace to Ken Benford  they secured a 9-1 win over Ryedale G's John Stott and Harry Gascoyne who both took games off their opponents but it was John Ellis who got their consolation point. Amotherby A entertained Hutton C finishing the match 9-1 with both Richard Brown and Malcolm Sims undefeated and a pair to Nick Knight who lost out in four to Eddie Prest. Barbara Johnson and Mathew Bedford battled all the way to no avail against an experienced trio of players.

Pat Swindell


In Div.1 man of the match Ed Wardman led the way for Ryedale B with an unblemished performance. Backed up with a brace from Alec Hodgson and a Trevor Teasdale solo effort they wrapped up a 7-3 win over stablemates Ryedale D for whom John Gascoyne scored a brace with a single to Barry Todd, leaving the D's rueing their loss of three 5 setters. Mike Wheatley was in sizzling form for Ryedale A and with Stephen Temple also unbeaten they were always in control against Swinton duly winning 7-3. Battling Paul Cuthbertson and Pat Swindell both overcame John Flintoft before teaming up to take the doubles. Hutton A called up the ever improving Ollie Braithwaite who responded by beating Any Paton and with Paul Young and Tom Needham winning all their games they beat Ryedale C 8-2 with Titch Temple and Jan Bryan getting a single each. It could be a long old season for Ryedale E's Alan Kirkwood, Mick Carter and Ian Hutchison who suffered another defeat, this time at the hands of Coneysthorpe. Sadly their gritty, back to the wall determination was not enough to stop Tim Smith, Jo Suchecki and Dave Quinlan attaining a 10 -0 victory.

In Div.2 Helmsley took a hit going down 6-4 to Amotherby B with Josh Blakeston (2), Russ Grimshaw (2) and Andy Holmes (1) in imposing form. Star man Toby Crusher remained undefeated for Helmsley with Nick Bowes taking a single but Chet Butler’s lack of playing time left him empty handed. A resolute team display by Ryedale G saw them triumph over Amotherby D. A brace apiece to John Stott and Harry Gascoyne plus a Rob Wilkinson single saw them overcome Ellie Smith, Andy Studdart and Linda Clarke whose own unbeaten performance wasn't enough as they succumbed 6-4. Amotherby A's formidable threesome saw Ken Darby unbeaten and with a brace each to Malcom Sims and Nick Knight they romped home 8-2 over Westow who were thankful for a Sara Winn-Darley double as Roger Dunning and Sarah Magson both missed out. Whitby B's Nick Campbell, Stuart Hurworth and Ken Benford dominated their match against Amotherby D finishing 9-1 victors,  Linda Clarke picking up the solitary point to avoid a whitewash. Malcom Sims took the man of  the match award for Amotherby C winning all his games and ably supported with a brace each from Ian Dawson and Janet Bailey they attained an 8-2 win over an out of sorts Ryedale F for whom Pete Whitfield and Rob Williams were indebted to Gavin Buckley for his double.

 Pat Swindell 



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