TORQUAY continued their winning start in the Devon League with a win over University of Exeter.
Luke Tanner, deputising for the unavailable Jason Yeo went on the glass back first against Seb Posner.
Tanner struggled to get a grip on the match going 2-0 down convincingly 11-7 and 11-5. Posner had to defend two game points in the third before winning 3-0 in a tie-break.
Ian Bransdon defeated Andrew Hill in the fourth string match, but only after coming back from 2-0 down.
Hill let the third game slip, but managed to regain control in the fourth, having three match points.
Bransdon saved all three and went on to win the fourth 14-12, taking the match to a fifth.
Hill didn't have anything left after the fourth and Bransdon took the fifth 11-3 to level the night 1-1.
Steve Lewis was next on the glass back against Exeter's Joel Brickell.
Lewis took advantage of Brickell carrying a foot injury and won convincingly in three. The game scores were 11-4, 11-6 and 11-4.
Torquay captain Stu Perrett beat Alex Cope in five to win the match for his side with one to play.
Cope took the first 12-10 before Perrett levelled by winning the second 11-8.
Perrett managed to sneak the third 11-9 to take a crucial 2-1 lead.
Cope came straight back at the home player taking the fourth 11-6.
The fifth went to a tie-break both players saving match points. Perrett came through victorious 13-11.
Top string Dave Palmer had no pressure on him against Peter Joyce and continued the form which took him to the final of the county closed tournament.
Palmer's form continued in the first winning that 11-6.
Palmer was a little tired from the weekend's tournament and struggled in the second, Joyce took it 11-9.
Palmer was still managing to work Joyce hard and took the next two games well 11-8 and 11-5.
A good 17 points for Torquay in a tie that could have easily gone against them.
They are in action away to Crediton on Monday night.
NEWTON Abbot men got off to a winning start in the Devon League when they defeated University of Exeter 3-2.
A switch to Thursday night meant Newton were without the ageless Nigel Bell, but even without him they were too strong for the students.
The Division One fixture featured two new faces in the home team – father-and-son pairing Kevin and Adam Smart - both of whom started their season with wins.
Smart senior won his tie at five 3-0 while Adam was taken to four in a close encounter.
Third string Steve Davey lost in four while number two Dave Brown looked a little ring rusty as he went down in three.
The complete opposite could be said of number one Lee Curtis as he ran his opponent all around the court with an impressive array of shots to take his game 3-0 and give the home side a 15-7 win.
Newton seconds faced the thirds in a Division Two derby and the first bragging rights of the season were gained by the second string with a 4-1 win, though two of the ties went to five.
Rob Muddeman won his match against Ian Davies 3-0 but the thirds responded with Mark Hedge beating James Cooper by the same score.
The match was won by the 'home' side in the middle order where Martin Hember and Dan Gough took tough five setters against brothers Nick and Matt Whalley respectively.
Top string Curtis Corby completed the win with a 3-1 win against reserve Jim Watson.
Watson was in action two days earlier for his regular team, the fourths, in a home tie against Exeter Golf and Country Club IV and suffered a similar fate though this time the match went to five, Watson losing 2-3.
Jason Williams and promising junior Fabian Salak followed suit though Salak took the lead against Betty Blair.
Clive Elmore lost his tie 3-0 with just fifth string Darrin Mutton recording a win, taking his game 3-1. Golf and Country won 4-1, 18-9.
Newton Abbot Men's racketball team started their campaign with a 3-2 win over local rivals Torquay, with wins for Nick Richards, Roy Darlington and Kevin Lamacraft against Steve Hill, Call Stokes and Mel Ripley.
For Torquay, Nigel Wilson and Pete Hamlet beat Jerry Paris and Chris Bickham.