Age is Just a Number for Denbigh's Alun Hughes(80)

In Division 1 of the North East Wales Badminton League, Flint Phoenix A powered their way to a 6-2 away win over Mold A and continued their progress towards retaining their championship title. At fourth mixed, Mold’s Lloyd Tranter and partner Debbie Walker were one of the home side’s stand our performers, when they dug in and outlasted David Carnelly and Jude Hughes, winning 21/19, 13/21 and 21/19.

Llanferres A entertained Rossett A, but found the visitors in sparkling form going away with a close 5-3 win. Danielle Schoneveld starred for Rossett and in her second ladies event, partnered by Hazel Davies, they were tactically too astute for Sue Clarke and June Lovell winning by 21/11 and 21/14.

Llanferres A then travelled to take on Flint B and convincingly whitewashed the home team 8 – 0 with all events over in two games. Phil Roberts and Zoe Moorcroft came closest to winning for Flint when they played inspired badminton but could not overcome the combined youth and experience of Figo Man and Jane Givelin losing out 20/22 and 19/21.

Division 2 leaders Buckley were surprisingly beaten 5-3 away to Rossett B with the strong Rossett ladies doubles successes making the difference between the two teams. Undefeated Greg Jones was player of the match for Buckley and together with Chris Dailey at fourth mixed they convincingly accounted for Marie Jones and Dave Lovatt in a 21/10 and 21/13 win.

Unbeaten Mold B hosted Holywell A and in a disciplined performance throughout the team, inflicted an 8-0 drubbing on the visitors. George Hood and Eryl Hooson came closest to taking an event off Mold, when they put up a determined resistance in their match against the talented Liam Hird who together with partner James Spendlove proved too good for the Holywell pair and took their match by 21/10, 18/21 and 21/9.

The Division 3 fixture between Denbigh B and Llanferres C (3 – 5) was but a sideshow with Denbigh’s Alun Hughes celebrating his 80th birthday, missing a family party to turn out for the team and putting in his usual effortless performance. Alun (pictured in grey: centre of photo) is one of the founding members of Denbigh Badminton Club and has played for Denbigh for some 27 years; having previously played for Llandyrnog. Visiting members of the Llanferres team joined in the night’s celebrations with club members, who had made Alun a fine birthday cake and followed it up with a post match drink.

In a further fixture, Llanferres C followed on with an emphatic 8 – 0 win over guests Prestatyn B. At second men’s, Prestatyn’s Matthew and Adi Jones came very close to winning when they played a thrilling, fluctuating three game match against Gareth Davies and Sam Harrison; but some unforced errors in the third game gave it to home pair by 21/18, 18/21 and 21/19.

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