The pre-Christmas fixtures in the North East Wales Badminton League are being completed with clubs already having an eye on their promotion or relegation prospects in 2020.
Denbigh A, are a force to be reckoned with in Division 1 and entertained Rossett A. With the visitors digging in and playing determined doubles badminton, a 4 – 4 draw was the final and fair result. At second mixed Denbigh’s Matty Vacher and Beverley Dolman were in top form and playing sublime badminton were ruthless in dispatching Karl Jones and Rachel Twiss, to win easily, 21/8 and 21/9.
The local derby between Mold A and B teams went 7 – 1 to the A’s. At second ladies the B team pairing of Trish Hird and Elaine Pierce played shrewd tactics to put the A partnership of Debbie Walker and Jane Peace in their place with a fine 13/21, 21/13 and 21/19 win over their more illustrious opponents. The A team player of the match was undefeated Tom Peace, who with partner Jess Ding dominated at second mixed to give a 21/9, 21/4 drubbing to Owain Sparrow and Louise Nesbitt.
The battle for supremacy at the top of Division 2 saw battling Buckley just get the better of Flint Phoenix B with a close 5 – 3 win, with a single point separating the two teams. Joint players of the match for Phoenix were Phil Roberts and Tara Moorcroft who at first mixed played an impressive attacking format to subdue Greg Jones and Caren Price and win by 21/8 and 21/15.
Holywell A consolidated their position at the head of Division 3 with a comprehensive 7 – 1 win over visitors Prestatyn B. Amy Roberts and Heather Owen were Prestatyn’s only winners when they played some spirited and inspired badminton to outlast Nicky Garnett – Hughes and Anne Booth to take their match by 17/21, 21/11 and 21/11.
Another team with an eye on promotion, Connah’s Quay, entertained Mold C and with greater strength in depth, ran out 6 – 2 winners. However an oversight by Mold in playing an unregistered player meant an amendment to the score to 7 -1 in the Quay’s favour. Undefeated after two hard three game matches, Michael Pritchard was player of the match for Connah’s Quay. Playing first men’s with Jordan Jenkins they found themselves in a real titanic three game struggle against Owain Sparrow and Shamanth Moodalbyle. With Pritchard and Jenkins dominating the first they took it 21/12. Then, digging deep and with great resolve, Sparrow and Moodalbyle upped the pace and in a long drawn out second game edged it 27/25. The classic deciding game was a credit to the two pairs with the lead changing constantly. In the end it came down to the partnership performing with less unforced errors and Pritchard and Jenkins prevailed 21/18.
Llangollen (+3) faced a strong Llanferres A (-7) team and subjected the visitors to a real thrashing, winning 11 – 5. At second ladies Llangollen’s Lynn Coxey and Zoe Pritchard shared the spoils with Sue Clarke and Lauren Davies 14/21 and 21/20.
The fixture between Hawarden A (Scr) and Mold A (-1) was evenly balanced and well handicapped, with home team Hawarden taking the match 9 – 7. Another match with a game apiece was that at first ladies between Ellie Wainwright partnering Rebeka Roshan against Mold’s Louise Nesbitt and Lili Thomas. The final scores being 21/14 and 20/21.