Strong start for Sidmouth A

 Sidmouth A have started strongly in Division 2a with wins over their own B team and Ringswell B.  They did not have it all their own way when they beat their B team 7-2, the partnerships of Ruth Scrivens & John Carter and Julie Frost & Chris Bird were unbeaten for the A team, but the pairings of Grace Williams & James Newcombe and Ann Price & Paul Carter both picked up a point for the B team.  In an 8-1 victory over Ringswell B, Ruth & John were unbeaten once again, as were Grace Williams & Paul Carter. Ringswell B were spared a whitewash with their point coming from Sylvia Child & Andy Taylor.  The Exeter B duo of Hannah Oxley & Tom Phillips were unbeaten in their teams 7-2 win over Otter Vale A, but fortunes changed for Exeter when they were beaten 7-2 by the St Leonards B team of Jess Hand & Mark Newson, Kay Brewer & Adrian Wijay and Ruth Mclelland & Phil Matthews in a match which saw Kay & Adrian unbeaten.   Sidmouth B beat Otter Vale A 6-3, 3 points coming from Grace Williams & James Newcombe, 2 from Hilary Herd & Paul Carter and 1 from Jenny Milton & Paul Merchant. 

It has been close start in Division 2b with 4 of the 6 matches played ending in a 5-4 result. Chulmleigh have beaten both Honiton A and newly promoted Clyst Vale A 5-4 with Amy Holland & Ben Hamill unbeaten in both matches. The Clyst Vale result was amended from a 6-3 win to Chulmleigh after they fielded an unregistered player.   The Clyst Vale A team of Jennie Edwards & James Allum, Lucy Ferrier & Daniel Cordey and Nicola Martin & Guy Allum fought hard to overcome Otter Vale B 5-4.  Di Brooker & Brian Jeary led the way winning all three of their rubbers in Ringswell C’s 5-4 win over Honiton A, Ringswell conceded one rubber due to injury but despite the close scoreline, all rubbers were decided in two straight ends.   St Leonards C started their season well with a 7-2 win over Chulmleigh.  Jill McCord & Andy Rowe won all three of their rubbers with teammates Lynn Travis & Charles Wardale & Sharon May & John Gubbin each winning two points for their team.   The Honiton A team of Janet Ingram & Ethan Leach, Helena Williams & Roger Tucker and Hazel Tucker & Sam Prangley beat Otter Vale B 7-2 with both of Otter Vale’s points being won by Clair Ross & Ray Puttick.
In Division 3a the St Leonards D team of Nicola Anslow & Ali Rehemi, Liz Goodwin & Lee Clatworthy and Anne Trevena & Allister Brimble beat Cranford B 6-3 although no St Leonards pair could beat the Cranford duo of Sarah Harvey & Barry Smethurst.   Raleigh’s 6-3 victory over Clyst Vale B saw the pairs of Angela Bolt & Dan Graham and Debby Yates & Paul Bryon unbeaten. 
Just one match has been played in Division 1 which saw Exeter A beat Ringswell A 6-3. Mother and son partnership, Suzanne & Sam Owens led the way with an unbeaten performance with team mates Julia Melling & Gareth Pearse picking up 2 points and the remaining point coming from Vicky Prouse & Tom Phillips. 

Andy Rowe
Last Modified 2018-11-30