Division 1 of the North East Wales Badminton League saw Llanferres A pull out all the stops to overwhelm visitors Flint Phoenix B 6-2. Undefeated Phil Roberts was player of the match for Flint and together with the talented Zoe Moorcroft were victorious at first mixed where they out-manoeuvred their opponents, Carys Jones and Figo Man, to win comfortably by 21/19, 21/14.
Rossett A travelled to Deeside and in a match where three events went to the best of three games, left with a deserved, but close, 5-3 win. Match of the evening was at first mixed with Deeside’s Cerys Brackenbury and Ashley Oxborough taking on Simon Lane and Sue Lord. In a three game cracker the home pair dug in and responding to encouragement by the home supporters played top class attacking badminton, just edging out the opposition for a tight 21/14, 9/21, 21/16 victory.
Rossett’s B team entertained Mold B in their Division 2 encounter and with five matches being decided over the best of three games, at the end of the evening a 4-4 draw represented a fair result. Rossett’s Jo Sanderson and Vicky Roberts showed how ladies doubles should be played, when at second ladies they produced an inspired display of controlled tactics and in preventing Elaine Pierce and Lili Thomas gaining the upper hand, went on to win convincingly by 21/14, 21/12.
Eros remain undefeated and continued their rise to the top of the division at the expense, on this occasion, of their hosts, Holywell A. At third mixed Sue Price and Iain Jones came closest to taking a game off the opposition when they fought all the way against Heather Astley and Andy Purshouse; but in the end class told, with the Eros pair winning 21/15, 21/16.
In Division 3 George Hood and John Speed were Holywell B’s only winners in their team’s 7-1 defeat away to Denbigh B. This first men’s doubles match was a thrilling spectacle with the home pairing of James Comes and Caeron Jones battling all the way. However Hood and Speed were altogether quicker about the court and too tactics savvy for Comes and Jones; and holding their nerve in the deciding game went on to win by 21/18, 19/21, 21/18.
Still in the hunt for promotion, Llanferres C made their way to take on Prestatyn B and duly whitewashed the seasiders 8-0. Sarah Jane Wynne starred for Prestatyn and together with Simon Brennan, at third mixed, they faced the strong pairing of Moira Bonar and Gareth Davies. Whilst Brennan and Wynne took the first game 21/19 the second went to Bonar and Davies by the same score. With all to play for in the decider the lead constantly changed hands and in a thrilling battle which involved long punishing rallies there was nothing to chose between the two pairs. In the end two unforced errors decided the event with Bonar and Davies taking the third game and match by a deserved 27/25.