Matches from Sunday 12 May
From being threatened with promotion last season to early leaders of division 6 - can Pocklington maintain their winning form? (L-R: Richie Norris, Graeme Taylor, Ross Gleig, Matt Ralphs, David Moores, James Eaglesfield)
Second-place Wigginton narrowed the gap at the top of division one with a convincing win over York. Ben Walker and James Shaw maintained their 100% winning record by scoring 30 games, a total matched by David Lloyd York's Dale Fawcett and Will Hart in their visit to Copmanthorpe. Racquets got their season underway with a trip to Poppleton but the hosts were too strong and secured a 10-2 win despite only 10 games separating the teams. David Lloyd Harrogate won comfortably against Sherburn and remain third but with a match in hand. Boston Spa 1 and Wigginton 2 couldn't be separated on rubber wins but a final round 9-3 victory from Ben Storey and James Walker secured Wigginton the bonus points and ensured they remain top of division 2. Fulford go second after a similarly close win against a strong David Lloyd York second team. After a tough season in division one, Starbeck beat Poppleton to record their first victory of the year.
Some close matches in division 3 saw David Lloyd Harrogate 2 beat Racquets 2 by the finest of margins, with just a single game separating the teams. Appleton Roebuck fell narrowly short at Sutton Upon Derwent, despite Geoff Bullock and Dave Bradley efficiently winning their three rubbers 7-5. Wigginton's success continued in division 4, with a comprehensive defeat of Knaresborough by their third team, with all three pairs scoring highly. Rowntree Park and Wetherby second teams also continued their winning starts to the season with victories against Starbeck and Strensall. Harrogate Spa recorded their first win in division 4 by just a single game against Copmanthorpe.
Division 5 remains extremely close, with early leaders Selby reined in by a strong Heworth team. Fulford 2 saw off Riccall by a narrow margin, thanks to a consistent trio of 8-4 victories from Patrick Herriott and Ben Taylor. York 3 edged out Rufforth in a match that saw heavy victories and defeats across the rubbers for both teams. Appleton Roebuck 2 and David Lloyd 3 could not be separated on games but Lloyd won slightly more of the rubbers, resulting in a 7-5 victory for them. Pocklington continued their reversal of fortune with a defeat of Sutton Upon Derwent 2 at home and remain at the top of division 6. Boston Spa 2 are not far behind after defeating Bishopthorpe, with Marc Mottershead and Gordon Milne scoring 31 games.
Sheriff Hutton had another big victory in division 7, this time at home against Harrogate Spa 2, while Wheldrake also continue to impress following promotion into the division. Division 8 saw David Lloyd 4 win by a large margin, with Ben Isley and Clive Christiansen dropping just a single game and becoming the top scorers of the week. Injury put paid to New Earswick's chances against Dunnington, in an otherwise close match that saw the home team leading narrowly after the first rubber.
Matches from Sunday 5 May
Just two matches were played on the bank holiday weekend, both in division 1. A clash of the titans saw last year's runners up Wigginton take on reigning champions David Lloyd York. Lloyd came out on top but Ben Walker and James Shaw were unbeatable for Wigginton and were top scorers, claiming all three points and 24 games. Poppleton returned to winning ways against Copmanthorpe, who nevertheless came away with a creditable three points in an up-and-down match that saw Cop leading on games after the first rubber.
Matches from Sunday 28 April
2018's division one champions David Lloyd York started 2019 as they mean to go on (L-R: Ben Orten, Jan Dyl, Freddie Booth, Sean Evans, Dale Fawcett and Ed Barker-Wyatt)
The 2019 season kicked off in earnest on 28 April with 27 matches across eight divisions. Last year's top two David Lloyd York and Wigginton made a storming start, with both picking up all 12 points against Poppleton and newly promoted Sherburn respectively. Dale Fawcett of David Lloyd York, last season's joint top ranked player, picked up where he left off and narrowly missed out on a full house, scoring 35 games with Jan Dyl. Sherburn's fellow promotees Copmanthorpe fared slightly better at David Lloyd Harrogate, drawing two rubbers and taking away a point and 32 games.
The teams promoted into division 2 both began the season strongly. Last year's division 3 champions Wigginton 2 copied their first team by taking a clean sweep in their opening match, with all three pairs scoring more than 25 games. Boston Spa had a closer match away at Rowntree Park but came out the victors, while Fulford set out to avenge narrowly missing out on promotion by taking 10 points from Starbeck. Not much separated Wetherby and David Lloyd York 2, but an 11-1 victory for Asa Stanley and Brad Swainston in the second rubber secured the points for Lloyd.
Despite the loss of some key players, Alne & Tollerton put in a decent performance in division 3 at home against David Lloyd Harrogate 2, scoring three points and 44 games. Appleton Roebuck split the rubber points down the middle with Racquets 2 but scored a convincing majority of the games to secure the bonus points. A series of very close matches in division 4 saw success for Wetherby 2, who justified their reprieve from relegation last season by sealing a narrow victory against Copmanthorpe 2. The two promoted teams Strensall and Harrogate Spa put in strong performances but fell just short against Rowntree Park 2 and Wigginton 3 respectively.
Division 5's newest members made an immediate impression, with Selby taking all but one of the points against Appleton Roebuck. Selby's top two pairs, including new signing Jack Wood, dropped just eight games between them making them the second and third best scoring partnerships in the entire league this week. Having just avoided relegation from division 6 last season, Pocklington started with a bang and took all but half a point away with them from Bishopthorpe, allbeit with four of the rubbers being won by just a single game. A strong Boston Spa second team saw off newly promoted Wigginton 4, while York 4 narrowly defeated Wilberfoss 2, with Finley Richardson and Ciaran Sullivan's 11-1 victory in the second round proving decisive.
In division 7, long journeys for Bubwith 2 and Wheldrake were rewarded with the tightest of victories at Harrogate Spa and Harlow. Harlow won the majority of the rubbers but fell just short of Wheldrake's game total in a match where six of the rubbers ended in a 7-5 scoreline, which was also the final match score. New teams Knaresborough 2 and Wigginton 5 were both involved in extremely close matches in division 8, with Knaresborough narrowly edging out David Lloyd York 4 and Wigginton drawing against Bishopthorpe 2. Dunnington, reduced to just a single team this season, nevertheless opened strongly against Strensall 2, with last year's division 2 regular Paul Birch showing his quality by partnering Andy Ganga to 27 games.
Matches from Sunday 21 April
Ranging from 14 to 83 years old, Knaresborough's three pairs in their debut match were all father/son partnerships! (L-R: Andy & Nathan Little, Mike & John Forster, Mike & Bradley Triffitt)
The Tyke Petroleum Men's Tennis League opened on a glorious Easter Sunday with just a single rearranged match in division eight between Strensall 2 and Knaresborough 2. The new Knaresborough team made their debut by remarkably fielding three father/son pairings: Andrew & Nathan Little, Mike & Brad Triffitt and John & Mike Forster. A close match saw the teams equal on points after two rounds but Strensall took all the rubbers in the final round and secured the win 9-3. First pair James Whitwell and Ross Welsh were the top scorers, winning 26 games and all three points.