In Division 1 of the North East Wales Badminton League an under strength Mold A found Rossett A in good form and despite winning the bragging rights on points could only muster a 4-4 draw. Mold’s mother and son partnership of Trish and Liam Hird played superbly and were too strong for Ian Regan and Sarah Roberts running out comfortable 21/15 and 21/4 winners at fourth mixed.
Newly promoted Flint Phoenix B are finding the going tough and went down 5-33 at home to Deeside. Undefeated Cerys Brackenbury starred for Deeside and together with partner Laura Parry they got the better of Zoe Moorcroft and Holly Gill at first ladies winning 21/12 and 21/11.
Llanferres A also entertained highflying Deeside and were beaten 6-2. Another mother and son partnership playing at first mixed for Llanferres - Jane and Tom Givelin - were involved in a long and entertaining three game thriller with Henry Carrington and Laura Parry before losing by 21/15, 16/21 and 18/21.
Llanferres A then travelled to take on Denbigh A and rising to the occasion, came away with a deserved 6-2 win. For Denbigh at first men’s, Iain Lovatt and Richard Elston dug in and in a classic men’s doubles event played brilliantly to overcome Figo Man and the experienced David Clough to take their match by 21/15 and 21/18.
Division 2 pacesetters Hawarden notched a fine 6-2 win over visitors Rossett B. At first mixed, Rossett’s Hazel Davies and Pete Watkin were ultra steady in both their games to edge out Will Toomey and Louise Cothier 21/16 and 21/18.
Mold B and Connah’s Quay were involved in very competitive match, which was decided 5-3 in Mold’s favour after the completion of the two men’s doubles. Lloyd Tranter and Joe Nesbitt outmanoeuvred Amogh Patil and Paul Tate, with tight net play and powerful smashes, to take first men’s by 21/10 and 21/12.
Llanferres B and Buckley battled to a 4-4 draw with just seven points separating the teams in Buckley’s favour. The established first men’s Buckley pairing of Steve Eltham and Rob Bishop knew too much for Peter Williams and Mikey Parr and in a hard fought encounter cruised to a fine 21/17 and 21/17 win.
Will Northop fulfil their fixtures with the indication that player shortage is proving a problem so early in the badminton season? A man player short, they laboured in their Division 3 match against Flint Phoenix C, going down 7-1. Northop’s sole winning pair were Jill Denholm and Yvonne Brothers, who together brought years of experience into play when they outclassed Catrin James and Gemma Browne, to win 21/12 and 21/10.
Prestatyn A are on a roll and on their visit to Holywell B, they whitewashed the home team 8-0. David Davies was player of the match for Holywell and at second mixed with Linda Roberts they came close to winning their match against Terry Wynne and Caitlin Dolan before losing a tight three game thriller 16/21, 21/18 and 18/21.
Prestatyn’s C team entertained Mold C and were indebted to their ladies, winning both their doubles, for a close 5-3 triumph. At third mixed for Prestatyn, Brandon Smith and Sheila Blackwell were made to work hard in their match against young James Maddocks and partner Eve Ellis. Spectators were treated to an exciting three game cliff-hanger, packed with long rallies, with the lead changing hands several times. However, with less unforced errors Smith and Blackwell prevailed to wrap up a great performance by 19/21, 21/17 and 21/19.