Undefeated Division 4 Champions – BOSTON SPA
From back left to right – Anne Milne, Sandy Clough, Alison Ward, Simone Devereux, Kate Pirie and Captain Ann McCreesh.
In a tense clash at the top of division 1 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League, York 1 overcame Dunnington 64-44. All three of York’s couples scored over twenty games to edge out the opposition and so close in on the first division title. Belinda Turnbull and Catherine Baker netted 33 games for Poppleton, but it may be too little too late as they still failed to beat a consistently scoring Pocklington team. Bishopthorpe and Fulford were defeated by Castlegarth and York 2 respectively, so both are still fighting for survival along with Poppleton.
David Lloyd claimed the division 2 crown after a comprehensive victory at Starbeck, Helen Larkin and Debbie Holman leading the way with 31 games. Wigginton will join them in the top flight after comfortably beating Castlegarth. Christine Edmond and Kate Lewis were in form for Rufforth as they defeated Wistow and in doing so sent them back to division 3 after just one season. Dunnington are struggling to maintain their second division status, this week going down 47-61 to Boston Spa.
Pocklington will be promoted as champions from division 3. Louise Wilkinson and Andrea Bland bagged 28 games as the champions crushed Knaresborough 73-35. Similar scores from all three couples facilitated David Lloyd’s victory over Fulford, leaving them in the battle for the second promotion place. Copmanthorpe’s close victory at Bubwith leaves them hard on DL’s heals, Laura Simpson and Rhian Scott’s 22 games proving invaluable in Cop’s win.
Boston Spa celebrated taking the division 4 title as one of only two unbeaten teams in the league. Captain Anne McCreesh and Sandy Clough took 28 games in Spa’s victory over second place Bishopthorpe. Anne Gray and Chris Vis were undefeated for Heworth as they overcame Tollerton, leaving them still in contention for promotion. Elsewhere Sutton gained valuable points as they edged past Appleton 56-52. At the base of the table, Pat MacKeller and Hilary Brown bagged 24 games for Poppleton as they beat New Earswick.
Division 5 table toppers Wigginton suffered a surprise defeat against Fulford, they are assured of promotion and look likely champions, though Riccall are chasing them hard, Michelle Hall and Sophie Marshman scoring 28 games in their win at Cawood. This defeat means Cawood will now be relegated along with Dunnington 3 who went down 74-34 at Wilberfoss.
Copmanthorpe demolished Poppleton to claim the division 6 title. Lynda Withers and Amanda Robson won 26 games as undefeated Cop eased past their second placed rivals. Sheriff and Dunnington 4 will both be relegated after losing out to David Lloyd and Bubwith respectively.
Division 1: Bishopthorpe 42, Castlegarth 66; York 2 56, Fulford 52; Poppleton 50 (B. Turnbull & C. Baker 33), Pocklington 58; Dunnington 44, York 1 64.
Division 2: Starbeck 34, David Lloyd 74 (D. Holman & H. Larkin 31); Boston Spa 61, Dunnington 2 47; Castlegarth 40, Wigginton 68 (D. Crane & E. Bradshaw 34); Rufforth 75 (K. Lewis & C. Edmond 30), Wistow 33.
Division 3: Cliffe 48, Rowntree Park 60; Pocklington 73, Knaresborough 35; David Lloyd 2 72, Fulford 36; Bubwith 51, Copmanthorpe 57.
Division 4: Appleton Roebuck 52, Sutton Upon Derwent 56; Heworth 57, Tollerton 51; Boston Spa 65, Bishopthorpe 43; Poppleton 65, New Earswick 43.
Division 5: Wilberfoss 74, Dunnington 3 34; Fulford 56, Wigginton 52; Cawood 41, Riccall 67.
Division 6: David Lloyd 56, Sheriff Hutton 52; Copmanthorpe 73, Poppleton 35; Dunnington 36, Bubwith 72.
Division 7: Wilberfoss 57, York 51.