Challenge Cup Semi-Final
The first Cup Semi-final saw Mold C (+12) take on Hawarden (Scr) in a terrific match that was so close and well handicapped that it ended in an 8-8 draw with Mold going through to the Final on points. Shamanth Moodalbyle and Chris Preston were joint players of the match for Mold with Moodalbyle partnering fellow youngster James Maddocks at first men’s to halve their match against Will Toomey and Jake Jones 18/21,21/15.
In the second semi-final, favourites Flint Phoenix A (-14) were facing Llanferres A (-8) and comfortably ran out 14-2 winners. Matt Sprake and Carla White were in scintillating form for Flint and in a disciplined performance duly handed out a 21/2, 21/3 trouncing to Jane and Tom Givelin at first mixed.
Challenge Cup Plate Semi-Final
Buckley (+2) are no mugs, but the reinvigorated Denbigh A (-8) team proved just too strong for the opposition and playing outstanding badminton throughout the match, eased their way to an 11-4 win with the final game being unfinished due to time constraints. For Denbigh, Beki Hutt and Bev Dolman were in impressive form, and tactically astute, knew too much for Caren Price and Charlotte Ince, going on to win by 21/15, 21/13.
The other semi-final between Flint Phoenix C (+8) and Prestatyn A (+4) went the way of rampant Flint by 13-3. Undefeated Gwenda Moorcroft starred for Flint and alongside Ro Spence they raised their game at second ladies to beat Jane Hodgson and Claire Atmore by 21/16, 21/13.
Flint Phoenix A further consolidated their position at the top of Division 1 with the 7-1 demolition of visitors Rossett A. Rossett’s only winners were the talented pairing of Jo Sanderson and Toyoko Cornelius who played superbly to outwit Zoe Moorcroft and Holly Gill and win by 21/10, 21/13.
Arriving to play a strong Denbigh A team, two lady players short, Deeside suffered a 7-1 defeat. Their only winners were at second men’s when Dan Taylor and Henry Carrington dug in and in a determined display of sound men’s doubles tactics overcame Richard Elston and Wayne Cooper to win by 21/12, 21/10.
In Division 2 Eros continued their unbeaten run at the top with Buckley their latest 8-0 victims. For Eros, Ellen Liddle and Heather Astley combined well at first ladies to get the better of Alison Ince and Chris Dailey, winning by 21/6, 21/7.
Home team Hawarden were next to be put to the sword by Eros going down 6-2. However at second ladies the Hawarden duo of Diane Fardoe and Louise Cothier were involved in a highly competitive match with Fiona Reid and Sheila Palmer and playing determined error free badminton eventually clinched their match by 23/21, 23/21.