Dynamic Donnelly duo deliver draw for Flint Phoenix.

Buckley based Eros continued their relentless pursuit of the Championship title in Division 1 of the North East Wales Badminton League, with the added incentive of an end of season All Wales League’s Champion’s play off and a chance to represent Wales at Bialystok (Poland) in June 2020 for the European Club Championship.

Deeside were Eros’s latest victims when they handed out a 7 – 1 drubbing to the visitors. Only Sheila Humphries and Steve Barlow rose to the occasion on behalf of Deeside when, at fourth mixed, they fought back after losing the first game to outlast Sheila Palmer and Dave Markey and take the match by 9/21, 21/10 and 21/19.

The clash between second and third placed Denbigh A and Flint Phoenix A resulted in an accomplished Flint A 6 – 2 win. The battle at first mixed of the opposing Hutt sisters went the way of Flint’s Sammy, who with Paul Eastwood gave a dazzling display of mixed tactics to outplay the injured Beki and partner Iain Lovatt 21/12, 21/11.

Currently lying in third place, Llangollen are a force to be reckoned with in Division 2, and they did their promotion prospects a power of good when they got the better of fellow contenders Buckley, winning 5 – 3. Llangollen’s talented first mixed pairing of Jane Jones and Nik Evans raised their performance in a very competitive match, when, in the decider, they edged out Rob Bishop and Alison Ince to win by 21/15, 15/21 and 21/15.

Llanferres B took another step away from the relegation zone when they got the better of Rossett B 6 – 2. At first mixed, the wily Dave Clough, together with Wendy Swash, played textbook badminton and cruised to a sound 21/17 and 21/15 win over Rossett’s Matt Jones and Hazel Davies.

Proudly sitting on top of Division 3, Holywell A showed no mercy when they whitewashed visitors Denbigh B 8 – 0. At second ladies, the Denbigh pairing of Lis Cullen and Caroline Parry came closest to taking an event when they battled all the way, but eventually lost out to Linda Roberts and John Speed 12/21, 21/14 and 18/21.

Playing a fixture a lady player short is always going to be a disadvantage and yet it is to Flint Phoenix’s credit that they dug in and earned a 4 – 4 draw with guests Llanferres D. The evening’s result went right down to the wire when in the last match of the evening the Phoenix father and son combination of Graham and Jordan Donnelly played dynamic doubles tactics to see off Martyn Davies and Neil Chapman 21/15 and 21/6.

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