WELCOME - THE 2017/2018 SEASON

You can get all the information on badminton clubs in the area and this season's league match fixtures, results, tables and tournaments on this site.

We also have an archive of previous years and publish weekly match reports - read how the teams faired, how the players performed, and whether you got a mention!


Team Captains - This year, we have removed the requirement to physically send scorecards in the post. Please photograph or scan scorecards and email them to the as soon as possible following a match. Full instructions are on the reverse of the scorecard. Please follow the instructions exactly - do not email links to images posted on social media sites or otherwise "share" them via proprietary systems that may require an account to be set up.

Club Secretaries - All names of ALL match players must be registered with the District Fixture Secretary before they play their first match. Any adult player registered after 31st October must wait 14 days before they are eligible to play in a match. Junior players must still be registered. However, junior players are not required to wait 14 days - this is a ruling that the Executive Committee has made for this season only.

Blackford Cup

Blackford Cup Report - The Final, Leg 2

Newbury started the second leg of the Blackford Cup final with a 90 point lead. Kennet A with home advantage and starting each end with a 5 point lead proved much sterner opposition than in the first leg.

Newbury fought hard to open up a narrow lead only to lose it after having to concede two ends due to an injury. Despite Newbury winning the last two ends to close the gap Kennet ran out winners of the second leg by 344 points to 335.

Suzy Mugford and Darius Garnham both won all their ends for Newbury whilst Claire Drysdale and Phil Bennett each won four (out of 6) of their ends for Kennet.

The score after the two legs was 749 points to 668 in Newbury's favour leaving Newbury as the winners of this year's Blackford Cup by 81 points.

Blackford Cup Winning Team - Newbury: Suzy, Nigel, Julia, Pedro, Ruth and Darius.

LATEST MATCH REPORT

Match Report: 12th May 2018
The season draws to a close ...

In Ladies Division 1, Julia Eatwell and Suzy Mugford both kept clean sheets for Newbury A as they defeated Shaw A by 5 rubbers to 1 to take the title and finish the season undefeated.

Ian Ross / Steve Heath won all their rubbers for Downlands B in their 6 rubbers to 3 win over Newbury A in Mens Division 1.

Downlands A played 3 matches in Mixed Division 1, winning 2 and losing 1. The first match saw them defeat Newbury A by 9 rubbers to 0. Alison Rushton / David Irvine, Ali / Ian Ross and Mary Ann Stephens / Steve Heath were all undefeated for Downlands. The second match was another 9 rubbers to 0 win for Downlands this time over Kennet A with Mary Ann Stephens / David Irvine, Ali / Ian Ross and Betty Duncan / Will Zeng all keeping clean sheets for Downlands.

The final match saw Downlands lose to the league leaders St Mary's A by 6 rubbers to 3. Alex Woods / Lee Frith kept a clean sheet for St Mary's supported by 2 rubbers from Katie Woods / Ross Parsons and 1 from Janine Fisher / Martin Graham whilst Claire Hamilton / Steve Heath picked up 2 of Downlands rubbers. This victory for St Mary's ensured they finished top of the division.

A strong B H Pegasus team triumphed over a weakened Aldermaston side short of all their original men (due to injury or unavailability) by 8 rubbers to 1 in Mixed Division 2. Karin Themsen / Ramsey Domloge and Christine Yao / Nick Reid kept clean sheets for B H Pegasus with Liz Drysdale / Colin Dangerfield picking up Aldermaston's consolation rubber. This defeat looks to have handed the title to Newbury B on count back of rubbers.

Kennet B finished runners up in Mixed Division 3 following victory over St Mary's C by 6 rubbers to 3. Laura Domleo / Tony Glinos won all their rubbers for St Mary's but lost out as Durga Limba / Tom Hunt, Andrea Allan / Dave Morris and Anna Sukwong Fletcher / Jim Ashworth each won 2 rubbers for Kennet.

The final match of the season was played in Men's Division 1 between home side St Mary's A and visitors Newbury A. Newbury had a mountain to climb in order to win the four rubbers they needed to keep them in Division 1. However, St Mary's brought out their full first team resulting in a 9 - 0 hammering for Newbury. Dinesh Raja / Nigel Coombs and Craig Beamson / Ravi Borah each took a rubber to three ends but were unable to snatch a consolation. This result saves Andover Sports from relegation.

TOURNAMENT REPORTS

Newbury District Badminton Association Y11 And Under Tournament.

The nine pairs of badminton players certainly showed plenty of potential at the Newbury District Year 11 and Under Junior Badminton Tournament held at Elstree school on Sunday 21st January.

The results of eight closely contested games for each pair established the boys champions as Ethan Hill and Ryan Slater from Downlands junior club. The girls champions are Rachel Wong and Nga Man Cheng from Downe House school.

A special mention must be made for the youngest pair Ben Richardson and Ethan Emerson from Newbury junior club as they fought for every point and showed great promise for the future.

Newbury District Badminton Association LEVEL DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP, Sunday 21st January 2018

Miserable weather conditions, including rain and snow, did not deter forty enthusiastic members of the Newbury District Badminton Association from turning out to play in the 2018 annual level doubles tournament at Elstree School and hosted by Kennet Badminton Club.

With a conveniently-balanced ten ladies pairs and ten mens pairs, the day was set for a quality display of badminton skills to amaze the spectators. The handicaps were already set and the play kicked off in style.

In the Ladies A group, first to show were Matt Gordon and Durga Limbu who dropped only three points in their games. Second place in that group went to Claire Drysdale and Sue Haines who dropped just four points.

In the Ladies B group, frontrunners were Anna Sukwong-Fletcher and Katie Woods who dropped just one point in their campaign and second place went to youngsters Anna Williams and Celia Yeung by a single point from Sally Hill and Amy Foreman. The handicapping was spot on for the ladies pairings as thirty seven of the forty games played were won by a mere five points or less. These results produced semi-finals of Claire and Sue versus Anna and Katie and Matt and Durga versus Anna and Celia. Claire and Sue overcame Anna and Katie by five points but Matt and Durga could not find the form they had shown during the opening rounds and let the tie slip away putting Anna and Celia in the final. The final was between Anna and Celia and Claire and Sue. Anna and Celia made the most of their fifteen point advantage and, despite a late charge from Claire and Sue, got the twenty one points they needed with room to spare.

In the Men's competition, group A favourites were Steve Heath and Simon Gaines but a last minute change saw Simon replaced by young Will Zeng. Steve Keats and Sacha Emery romped to maximum points with four straight wins and dark horses Stephen Lambe and Colin Dangerfield cruised to the runners-up spot with three wins, dropping just five points in the fourth match to the group winners. Stephen's performance could be put down to the presence of his biggest fan and critic who watched his every move while providing extra coaching in the corridor.

In the Men's group B, it was Mike Pembroke and Andy Norman who led the way with four straight wins having to score thirty points in each encounter because of the handicap. Runners-up in this group with an impressive three wins and only a defeat by the group leaders, were Matt Benians and Grant Lawrence.

Semi-final line-up for the men was Sacha and Steve versus Matt and Grant and Andy and Mike versus Stephen and Colin. Matt and Grant started four points behind the rivals and were unable to make up the difference as Steve and Sacha took the round. In the other semi, Mike and Andy took the tie despite a spirited resistance by Stephen and Colin but the odds were not in their favour.

The final was between Mike and Andy and Steve and Sacha. This was a hard fought contest but Steve and Sacha could not get back their form that had seen them win through this far and the title and trophy went to Mike and Andy.

Back row: Mike, Andy (with trophy), Steve, Sacha

Front row: Anna, Celia (with trophy), Sue, Claire

NEWBURY AND DISTRICT BADMINTON ASSOCIATION

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CLUB TO PLAY BADMINTON?

NDBA organise and manage match play for all the Clubs affiliated to Badminton England in and around the Newbury area. Details and links to all these clubs can be found by clicking the links to the left under 'CLUBS'.

All the Clubs offer friendly and social Club Nights and the chance to play in matches against other local Clubs in the area.


THE AREAS WHERE THE CLUBS PLAY

NEWBURY and SHAW play in Newbury

KENNET and ST MARY'S play in Thatcham

DOWNLANDS play at Compton

BUCKLEBURY play north of Woolhampton

HURST and ALDERMASTON play at Tadley

BHPEGASUS play in Basingstoke

ANDOVER SPORTS, KINTBURY AND WHITCHURCH all play at the places their name suggests