Drawn matches were the order of the day in Division 1 of the North East Wales Badminton League. Runaway League leaders Flint Phoenix A entertained bottom team Llanferres A and in a surprise result could only muster a 4 -4 draw. Match of the evening was a three game thriller in which Lorraine Stephenson and Phil Roberts just edged out Jenni Bailey and Duncan Church at third mixed. Making his welcome return after hip surgery and following intense training, Alan Bennett and partner Andy Chambers were unable to cope with the aggression of teenage brothers, Saksham and Dhruv Bansal at second men’s, going down in two fairly short games. Player of the match was Mold’s rising star, Bethan Sudder who won both her matches with partners Tom Peace and Trish Hird.
In Division 2 Rossett A threatened to overpower Denbigh and the whitewash was only avoided due to the gutsy performance of Sara Jenkins and Katie Owen who were up against Sarah Roberts and Sue Lord. Gareth Edwards and Sue Lord played superbly at second mixed putting Alun Hughes and Katie Owen to the sword with a dazzling display of attacking badminton.
In the Division 3 basement battle, Llanferres C’s young team are on a learning curve and found Holywell B too experienced for them, losing out 8 – 0. Best performance for Llanferres was by Declan Bonar and Megan Bailey who fought hard but could not live with the pressure from George Hood and Hilary Roberts. Holywell B then went on to apply a further 8 – 0 whitewash when entertaining Ruthin B. Match of the evening was a classic encounter which saw George Hood and Eryl Hooson at 12 – 19 down in the first game against John Uren and John Styles, only to pull it back to win 21 -19 and then take the second game comfortably.
Photo Gareth Edwards and Sue Lord of Rossett Badminton Club – in action.