In Division 1 of the North East Wales Badminton League, Llangollen have found the going rather tough and their struggle continued after travelling to meet up with Denbigh A who promptly applied an 8-0 whitewash to their visitors. Llangollen’s second men’s pairing of Dave Edwards and Karl Young came closest to winning an event when they took on Richard Elston and Wayne Cooper. Whilst Edwards and Young won the first game 21/15, Elston and Cooper fought back in the second to take it 21/15. There was nothing to choose between the two pairs in the deciding game which saw long rallies and sound tactics culminating in a tight finish in favour of Elston and Cooper who held their nerve to take the game and the match by 15/21, 21/13, 24/22.
Handicapped at the commencement of play being short of two ladies, Llangollen hosted Deeside who went on to comfortably take the fixture 6-2. The standout match of the evening was at first mixed where Llangollen’s Nik Evans and Jane Jones battled it out against Gareth Thomas and Cerys Brackenbury, with victory going to the Deesiders by 19/21, 21/16, 24/22.
Destined for demotion along with Llangollen, Flint Phoenix B were soundly beaten 8-0 away to Mold A. At second mixed, Flint’s Chris Jones and Nicola White put up the most resistance on behalf of their team, but eventually lost out in the deciding game to Pete and Debbie Walker who took the match by 21/12, 19/21, 21/8.
The gulf in class between Division 2 top dogs Eros and struggling Connah’s Quay was laid bare when the two met at Coleg Cambria with the honours going to undefeated Eros by a clear 8-0. Aarthy Aravind and Sian Ellis came closest to a win for the Quay, but in a battling performance, their opponents Kerry Roberts and Sheila Palmer raised their game and playing skilful badminton took the decider and the match to win by 21/10, 20/22, 21/13.
Connah’s Quay then visited Hawarden and suffered another defeat, this time with the home team handing out a 6-2 drubbing. Player of the match for Connah’s Quay was Charlie Cahill who played outstanding badminton throughout and particularly with Kris Paterson at second men’s. They gave a dazzling display of attacking men’s doubles to edge out Ian Price and the evergreen Roy Thompson by 21/19, 21/19.
Flint Phoenix C caused something of a shock when, in their Division 3 fixture, they got the better of promotion hopefuls Llanferres C with a comprehensive 7-1 away win. Llanferres’s winners were Moira Bonar and Pauline Brooke – Rankin, who at second ladies played impressively and with greater control and tequnique ran out 21/19, 21/19 winners.
In their next fixture Flint Phoenix C found visitors Denbigh B a tougher proposition and in a closely contested match a 4-4 draw represented a fair result on the night. Alun Hughes was adjudged player of the match for Denbigh. He played brilliantly with Bethan Sian at third mixed, but together they found the shrewd and fast play of Jordan Donnelly and Gemma Browne too hot to handle and despite their best endeavours, went down by 12/21, 16/21.