It’s early days in the badminton season, yet already undefeated Rossett A are confirming their credentials as possible Division 1 champions by inflicting an 8 – 0 whitewash on Northop. The result however does not reflect the battling performance put up by the Northop team which resulted in all but two of the matches being very closely contested. Players of the match were Amy Jukes for Rossett and John Ellison, for Northop, who partnered Geoff Jones in a tight three games match, but unforced errors saw them going down 21/9, 13/21 and 21/16 to Gregg Hilditch and Colin Fowler at first men’s. Airbus got back into their winning ways with a hard earned 5 – 3 triumph over visitors Mold B; although the match was so tight that only four points separated the teams in Airbus’s favour. At first mixed Steve Aylott and Laura Stokes took on Mold’s Pete Walker and Jane Peace and with Jane giving a serving master class, the Airbus pair could not live with the pressure and lost out 22/24 and 18/21. With home advantage Deeside help stave off relegation fears with a surprise 5 – 3 win over the improved Ruthin A. Top match of the evening was tense three game thriller at third mixed where Howard Robinson and Heather Astley bounced back in the third game to win by 21/14. 11/21 and 21/19 over Deeside’s Jill Povey and Gareth Thomas.
The Division 2, mid-table clash between Wynnstay Arms and visitors Holywell B was always going to be a close affair and so it was with Wynnstay just shading the match by 5 – 3. Danielle Coxy and Dave Edwards got the home team off to a winning start by trouncing Nicky Garnett- Hughes and Dave Davies by 21/9 and 21/12 at first mixed. However Holywell’s George Hood and Helen Ashworth were not overawed by the occasion and with silky skills went on to outlast the pairing of Lynn Coxey and Nik Evans in three games, 18/21, 21/9 and 21/9.
The top two teams in Division 3 came together when Broughton took on division leaders Ruthin B at Hawarden, with the visitors taking the honours 5 – 3. Veteran John Uren caught the eye with a dazzling display of mixed tactics when, along with his partner Pauline Brooke-Rankin, they proved too strong for Shaun Fardoe and Carol Hughes, winning 18/21, 21/8 and 21/11. Unbeaten Alison Wallace was voted player of the match for Ruthin with John Speed, for his determined displays, player of the match for Broughton.
League Press Secretary