Determined Deeside’s draw dents Denbigh’s title ambitions.

Lying in second place in Division 1 of the North East Wales Badminton League, Denbigh A were expected to make short work of relegation threatened Deeside. However, following some serious post Christmas practice sessions, visitors Deeside played with skill and determination to force an unexpected 4 – 4 draw.

Katie Owen was player of the match for Denbigh and together with Matty Vacher at second mixed they played some outstanding badminton to scrape home and beat Gareth Thomas and Sara Williams by 21/19 and 21/15.

League leaders Eros travelled to take on Rossett A and came away with a comfortable 7 – 1 win. Rossett’s only winners were at fourth mixed when Adam Smith and Louise Cothier rose to the occasion and proved too strong for Nicole Terry and Owain Astley, winning 21/17 and 21/18.

Playing catch up with their Division 2 fixtures, Llanferres B played two matches in succession drawing one and winning the other.

First they visited Llangollen and in a tight match, with four matches going to a decider, a 4 – 4 draw turned out to be a fair result. Match of the evening was a three game marathon with Llangollen’s Owain Wright and Danielle Coxy at second mixed taking on Duncan Church and Lauren Davies. Church and Davies won the first game 21/16 but Wright and Coxey dug in and with sound tactical play took the second 23/21. With all to play for in the decider there was little to choose between the pairs as they battled it out in thrilling game, long in rallies and fast in court movement. However, in the end it came down to the pair making the less unforced errors, with Church and Davies running out 24/22 winners.

Their 6 - 2 win away at Prestatyn A was due to a battling team performance with five matches going to the best of three games. At first men’s Prestatyn’s Glyn Watson and Terry Wynne caused something of an upset when they took on the experienced pairing of Dave Clough and Duncan Church and with some sublime net play and heavy smashing went on to clinch the match by 21/14, 12/21 and 21/16.

Struggling at the bottom of Division 3, Holywell B were put to the sword and whitewashed 8 – 0 by a rampant Connah’s Quay. Undefeated Jane Roberts was the stand out player for the Quay and paired with Scott Williams at fourth mixed they raised their game and just got the better of Melinda Lyons and Gil Ashworth to take the match by 21/17 and 21/17.

Prestatyn B beat Llanferres D 5 - 3 in a highly competitive match with the result going to the wire and dependent upon the last event of the evening when Karen Brennan and Ashleigh White played some inspired badminton to close out Sarah Chapman and Marie Crawford to take their event and the overall match by 21/17 and 21/17.

Challenge Cup.

Home team Flint Phoenix A (-10) demolished Hawarden B (+4) 13- 3 although the handicapping did provide for a number of close games. At first ladies Flint’s Jude Hughes and Tara Moorcroft had to battle hard to overcome the resistance of Jayne Price and Suzy Steele to win by 21/20, 21/20.

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