Mold get season under way with fine win at Rossett

Mold A, last season’s runners up in Division 1, travelled to Rossett and came away with a hard fought 6 – 2 win. However as a result of Rossett inadvertently playing an unregistered player Mold were awarded the match 7 – 1. Pete Walker was player of the match for Mold and together with Emma Hilton at third mixed they played some shrewd tactics to see off Gareth Edwards and Rachel Twiss by 16/21, 21/16 and 21/18.

Deeside will have to up their performance if they are not to struggle again this season, with visitors Denbigh A proving too strong to run out comfortable 6 – 2 winners. Match of the evening was a pulsating three game thriller which saw Deeside’s top men’s doubles partnership of Ashley Oxborough and Gareth Thomas dig in and in a very close contest against Ian Lovatt and Steve Aylott, just edge it by 14/21, 23/21 and 25/23.

In Division 2, Llangollen entertained Hawarden with the result being a 6 – 2 victory for the home side. The two teams were evenly matched with half the events going to the best of three games. The outstanding battle of the night saw Llangollen’s Nik Evans and Owain Wright overcome Jake Jones and Rob Weight. In a tight match, with long rallies and heavy hitting, the home pair deservedly took the match by 17/21, 21/17 and 22/20.

Hawarden, however, enjoyed success when they inflicted an 8 – 0 whitewash at the expense of guests Llanferres C. At first ladies Rebekah Roshan and Diane Fardoe starred for Hawarden and strong in defence and attack they had little difficulty in accounting for June Lovell and Gill Tustain by 21/12 and 21/17.

Away to Denbigh B in their Division 3 match and lady short, Holywell B were up against it and things only got worse when they were outclassed and thrashed 8 – 0. At first men’s, Holywell’s George Hood and John Sneed put up most resistance, but they were outfought by the talented paring of Ollie Harrington and James Chrimes going down 17/21 and 14/21.

Hannah Harrison starred as player of the match for Llanferres D but couldn’t prevent her team from losing out 6 – 2 away to Connah’s Quay. Partnering Welsh Junior International, Matthew Swash, Harrison dominated the front of the court with tight net play and sound interceptions, but in the second game at the critical match point, the Quay’s Kris Anderson and Sian Ellis held their nerve to take the match by 21/14 and 24/22.

Flint Phoenix C managed to scrape home to a 5 – 3 win over Prestatyn B with just 12 points separating the two teams. Jordan Donnelly was outstanding and together with Matt Pluck played great level double tactics to take the second men’s doubles, defeating Matthew and Adrian Jones by 21/18 and 21/10.

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