DEPOSED last season after a long reign as champions of the crown green Over-60s League, North Cliff No 1 again got off to a poor start when they lost this term’s opening division one match to Borough No 1.
The home turf suited Borough, whose Rita and Tony Bland 26-7 and Dave Ireland and Ray Lester 26-10 enjoyed the big wins.
Terry Summersgill and Jack Binns 18-14 also grabbed a win.
Cliff’s winners were captain Derrick Swift and partner Tom Chalmers 16-10 and Mick Carter and Dick Thompson 15-11, while Colin Burns and Dave Moment managed a 15-15 draw against Mick Gates and Chris Found.
Cliff No 2 did even worse at home to Bridlington Bay No 1, going down 13-2.
John Winstanley and Les Stockell 28-10 led the charge for Bay while Vic Powell and Peter Bryan 18-12 were Cliff’s only successful partnership when they finished strongly to overcome an early deficit.
Hunmanby No 2 lost just two of the eight games in contention when they were at home to Eastfield No 2 in the Evening Singles League division two and took the match 151-128.
Betty Wild 21-7 did most damage to the Eastfield cause, but Les Craggs replied with a stunning 21-8, while Moira Audsley 21-17 was the other Eastfield winner.
Also in division two North Cliff No 2 won 154-119 at home to Hunmanby No 3.
Dave Moment 21-6 and John Gascoigne and Gordon Watkinson, both 21-13, were the best of Cliff’s six winners, while Harvey Stockdale 21-8 and P Holmes 21-20 notched Hunmanby’s successes.
In division one Borough No 2 won five of the eight games away to Westgate No 1 for a 141-115 victory.
Jo Gates 21-4 and Penny Gosling 21-8 turned in Borough’s best performances with Les Boyles 21-8 responding for Westgate.
North Cliff dropped just five points when they entertained Hunmanby No 2 in the Evening Doubles League, with the Neville and Eileen Dawson and Pat Germaine and Alan Foster partnerships both winning 21-7 in the 79-53 success.
B Furneaux and Jim Barber won 21-16 for the visitors.
Away to Bridlington Bay it was a different story for Cliff, who were beaten 77-57 when the home partnership of Sheila Dyson and Clive Reynolds returned a 21-5 result.
Best for Cliff were Pat Germaine and Alan Foster 21-16.
Borough No 3 achieved a maximum when at home to Westgate No 2 with Steve and Matthew Bell 21-7 and John and Jean Purdy 21-10 having the big margin successes in their 84-47 victory.
Borough No 1 just scraped home 70-65 when away to Eastfield, despite winning three of the four games.
Pete Charter and Nigel Trotter 21-13 were Borough’s big winners, while Eastfield’s Irene Barnett and Kevin Garside won 21-7 against a formidable partnership.
Dukes Park No 2 took three of the four games to win 81-58 when at home to Borough No 2 with Lee Deighton and Ralph Gill powering to a 21-6 success.
Borough’s Jo Gates and Bob Davies 21-18 prevented Park enjoying a maximum.
Borough’s top squad have been in action in the Yorkshire Henry Taylor Cup competition.
The Borough aces took on Halifax Old Town at Scholes and emerging 212-194 winners by taking seven of the 12 games in contention.
Swinging things in Borough’s favour were the excellent returns of Trevor Hanlon 21-3 and Mick Gates 21-4.