In the North East Wales Badminton Association’s Challenge Cup competition Hawarden A (Scr) showed they were not overawed by the occasion when they travelled to Flint Phoenix B (-3) and came away with a clear 12-4 win. Hawarden’s standout duo of Rob Jones and Louise Cothier, at third mixed, played impressively to overcome the Phoenix pairing of Chris Jones and the experienced Jane Liddle to take the event by 21/11, 21/12.
Hawarden’s B (+7) team failed to match their first team’s performance and despite a determined effort by all their players went down 9-7 to visitors Prestatyn A (+4). Veteran Roy Thompson starred for Hawarden and at first men’s together with the accomplished John Font they fought all the way but failed to get the better of the talented partnership of Glyn Watson and Terry Wynne with the end result being a 21/19, 13/21 drawn match on games.
Holywell B (+10) hosted Flint Phoenix C (+8) and in a highly entertaining but competitive match lost out to their visitors 10-6. Player of the match for Flint Phoenix was Steven Davies, who played some superb badminton throughout only to be denied a win at forth mixed with partner Gwenda Moorcroft, when they went down to Melinda Lyons and Paul Jones by 15/21, 19/21.
The latest League Tables show Division 1 leaders Flint Phoenix A well ahead of Mold A with Rossett A in third place. Flint Phoenix B and Llangollen look destined for relegation.
A resurgent Denbigh A gave guests Flint Phoenix A their first taste of defeat of the badminton season with a close 5-3 victory. For Flint, the Moorcroft sisters, Zoe and Tara combined at second ladies to play classic doubles tactics and in a long three game match, full of extended rallies, eventually overcame Helen Evens and Helen Gardner by 12/21/, 21/11, 21/14.
The picture in Division 2 shows Mold B leading, with Eros in second place but with four matches in hand. Rossett B lie in third place whilst Holywell A are facing the drop to Division 2.
Struggling Holywell A travelled to Rossett B only to find their hosts in a non-charitable frame of mind and were routed 7-1. However, at first ladies Nicky Garnett – Hughes and Anne Booth starred for Holywell and showing great awareness in ladies doubles tactics, after losing the first game, dug in and over three tense games, defeated the home pairing of Hazel Davies and Marie Jones to win by 13/21, 21/17, 21/14.
In Division 3 Prestatyn A are still leading with Mold C a distant second on points, Llanferres C in third place and Holywell B propping up the League.
A man short, Mold C faced top dogs Prestatyn A and whilst going down 7-1 the result belied the battling performance of the home team with four events going to the best of three games. Match of the evening was at first mixed which, in a three game thriller, Prestatyn’s Glyn Watson and Sonia Penlington just held off Mold’s Helena Warman and talented youngster Shamanth Moodalbyle to win by 18/21, 21/13, 23/12.