Buckley based Eros are holding their own following their promotion to Division 1 of the North East Wales Badminton League and in their home fixture against Mold A, scraped home 5 – 3. At first men’s, the Eros pairing of Will Toomey and Jamie Noble were involved in a real scrap with Welsh International Dan Font, aided by rising star, young Liam Hird. In a strongly contested three game thriller Toomey and Noble took the first game by a tight 23/21 but Font and Hird rallied in the second winning 21/15. With all to play for in the third, including the outcome of the match, Toomey and Noble stepped up the pace of their play and with quick interceptions and aggressive smashing took control of the decider to clinch a well deserved 21/15 win.
Mold B fared no better than their more illustrious A team and went down 7 – 1 away to Rossett A. Showing good serving technique and tight net skills, undefeated Nicola Smith was star of the show for Rossett and together with partner Mike Poon they outplayed Mold’s Joe Nesbitt and Trish Hird to take the second mixed event by a closely fought 21/17 and 21/18.
In Division 2 the strong Flint Phoenix B team comfortably outgunned visitors, Hawarden, 6 – 2. Match of the evening was at first mixed where Flint’s Phil Roberts and Zoe Moorcroft faced Ian Price and Diane Fardoe; with the latter pair showing greater staying power they dug in and eventually ran out 14/21, 24/22, 21/15 winners.
Buckley A travelled to the seaside to take on Prestatyn A and putting the home side to the sword whitewashed them 8 – 0. At third mixed the home side’s Steven and Jane Hodgson came closest to a win for Prestatyn when they took Callum Sant and Steph Noonan all the way before losing out by 16/21, 21/19 and 16/21.
The local derby at Llanferres between the Blazin’ B’s and the Dream Team C’s went the way of the B’s by an accomplished 7 – 1. The Dream Team’s winners were at second mixed when the determined Simon Lovell and the dashing Gill Tustain gave a shrewd display of mixed tactics, to surprise Peter Williams and Hazel Hyslop and win by 21/19, 12/21 and 21/19.
A 4 – 4 draw was a fair result in the Division 3 encounter between Mold C and guests Flint Phoenix C, with Flint taking the bragging rights by 39 points. Flint’s talented Alfie Moorcroft, accompanied by Catrin Travers, played impressively and in a match long in rallies and heavy hitting, held their nerve in the deciding game, to beat Elaine Pierce and Shamanth Moodalbyle by 12/21, 21/16 and 22/20.
The 7 – 1 win for Connah’s Quay over home team Denbigh B does not reflect the closeness of this fixture with three matches going to the best of three games. Ann Hipkiss was player of the match for the Quay and in her second ladies event with Sian Elias they dug in and in a tense affair, celebrated a 21/19, 22/20 win over Bethan Sian and Annie Doyle.