In the North East Wales Badminton League the Division 2 fixture between home team Holywell A and Llanferres B, the visitors prevailed with a narrow 5-3 win. Eryl Hooson starred for Holywell and at second mixed with Anne Booth was involved in an exciting three setter against the experienced pairing of Gill Tustain and Peter Williams. With Hooson and Booth winning the first game 21/19, Williams and Tustain dug in and fought back in the second taking it 21/13. With all to play for in the third, the Holywell pair raised their game and with Booth’s tight net play along with Hooson’s powerful smashes and fine shots they edged out Tustain and Williams to take the decider and their match by 21/17.
Rossett B travelled to Connah’s Quay and proved too strong for the home team coming away with a clear 7-1 win. At fourth mixed Kris Patterson and Sarah Burke were the Quay’s only winners when they played superb doubles tactics to triumph in a cliff-hanger against Marie Jones and Neil Pritchard to win by 21/18, 22/20.
Denbigh B entertained Mold C in their Division 3 fixture and in an entertaining and close match the result was an honourable 4-4 draw; Mold having the bragging rights on points! Whilst Denbigh’s ladies held their own to take both doubles events their men lost both theirs to the youngsters of Mold. Denbigh’s Jane Thomas and Bethan Sian were in particularly good form and playing superbly at first ladies dispatched Helena Warman and Pauline Matsko by a convincing 21/8, 21/11.
The return match between the two teams later in the month was almost an action replay of the first, with again the ladies doubles events going to Denbigh and the men’s doubles to Mold. Match of the evening was at fourth mixed when in an event long on rallies and with the lead in each game constantly changing, the determined Denbigh pairing of Sam Pender and Annie Doyle prevailed with an outstanding 21/19, 17/21, 22/20 win over Chantal Font and Chris Preston. The match again ending in a 4-4 draw.
In the Challenge Cup Mold C (+12) travelled to Queensferry and inflicted a 10-6 defeat on Deeside (-6). At second mixed for Mold, Pauline Matsco and James Maddocks were in devastating form and in a dazzling display of mixed tactics gave Gareth Thomas and Sara Williams a drubbing to win by 21/5, 21/2.
The handicap committee got it right when Flint Phoenix A (-14) took on visitors Llanferres C (+10)! Although the match went 11-5 in Flint’s favour, just two points separated the teams at the end of an extremely competitive match. Undefeated Sammy Hutt was player of the match for Phoenix and together with partner Carla White they produced a vintage display of level doubles tactics to get the better of Hazel Hyslop and Wendy Swash to win first ladies by 21/16, 21/17.