Flint Phoenix A continued their relentless pursuit of the North East Wales Badminton League’s Division 1 title with an 8-0 whitewashing of Deeside. Steve Barlow and Luke McLaughlin came closest to winning an event for the home side, but were eventually outlasted by Dave Carnelly and Andy Gibbons who went on to win a terrific match by 21/7, 18/21, 21/14.
The basement battle between the Division’s bottom two teams went in favour of Flint Phoenix B, who showed their strength in depth and cruised to a 6-2 win away to Llangollen. The classy Chris Jones along with partner Jane Liddle were standout performers for Phoenix when they dug in and playing outstanding mixed doubles tactics, went on to beat Dave Edwards and Lynn Coxey 21/18, 14/21, 22/20.
The top two teams in Division 2 clashed at Buckley, when Mold B fought hard throughout the match but eventually lost out 7-1 to undefeated Eros. Playing at second mixed, the Mold mother and son partnership of Trish and Liam Hird gave their more illustrious opposition, in the form of Hannah Stephenson and Stuart Mears, a hard game with long rallies and powerful smashing from Hird Junior. However, experience told in the end with Stephenson and Mears making less unforced errors to run out 21/15, 16/21, 21/12 winners.
A 4-4 draw was probably a fair reflection of the match between Llanferres B and visitors Rossett B with both Rossett’s ladies doubles partnerships saving the day for their team. Undefeated Ben Warnott was player of the match for Llanferres and together with Hazel Hislop, in a thrilling encounter, outplayed the more experienced partnership of Dave Lovatt and Toyoko Cornelius to take their match by 21/15, 11/21, 21/18.
Division 3 saw another 4-4 draw when Denbigh B entertained Flint Phoenix C with just ten points separating the two teams in Flint’s favour. Surprisingly, all events were over in two games, although the first ladies doubles event between Denbigh’s Jane Thomas and Bethan Sian and Phoenix’s Catrin James and Gemma Browne was on court for some time with both pairs showing plenty of fighting spirit. However Thomas and Sian proved the stronger partnership and dominating the latter stages of each game, went on to win their event by 21/15, 21/15.