WELCOME - THE 2017/2018 SEASON
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.
LATEST MATCH REPORT
Match Report: 22nd March 2018
All of the action from last week ...
In their Blackford Cup Semi-Final home leg Bucklebury A finished the night with a narrow fourteen point advantage against Kennet A, but it was not quite enough to make up for the 30 point deficit incurred in the away leg. With a final reckoning of 731 to 715 in their favour, Kennet have progressed to the Final by just 16 points. Their opponents are Newbury.
Shaw B and St Mary's A played out a 3-3 draw in Ladies Division Two after St Mary's A were only able to field three players. St Mary's A won all three rubbers played on the night, with Shaw B benefitting from the three concessions with the title already won by St Mary's A. Shaw B need to beat winless Bucklebury B in their final game to pip Newbury B to the runners up spot.
Hurst A consolidated third place in Mens Division One with a 6-3 over Newbury A. A hat-trick from David Irvine and Dylan Lewis together with a brace from Mark Payne and Stephen Lambe saw Hurst A over the line, a brace from Pedro Cosa and Kevin Scarpe top scored for Newbury A.
A win and two defeats in their final three matches has left Kennet A in second place in Mens Division Two. St Mary's B will have to win their final three matches 9-0 to pull level with them. An 8-1 win over a two-pair bottom side Bucklebury B has given Hurst B a slim chance of moving out of the bottom two but they have left themselves with a lot to do. Nick Garrard and Keith Vincent battled hard to win a three setter to prevent a whitewash.
Shaw C regained top spot in Mens Division Three with a 6-3 victory over second to bottom Downlands C. The win was underpinned by a treble from Ian Lawrence and Keith Watts and a double from Andy Cecil and Oli Adams, whilst a brace from Ed Hall and Aidan Richardson top scored for the visitors. Bottom side Whitchurch won their first game of the season at the tenth attempt when they edged out Kennet C by 5-4. Phil Cooke and Daniel Gender-Sherry held their nerve to win the final rubber to complete a brace, to add to a hat-trick from Dave Cooley and Sean Mallard. Ian Wanley and Clive Evans scored a brace for Kennet C in a losing cause.
Newbury B are still top in Mixed Division Two after a 6-3 win over Downlands B who are now third with Dinesh Tadikonda and Claire Struthers-Semple notching a clean sheet and Kevin Scarpe and Laura Harrison a brace. Previously Downlands B had won 6-3 themselves to stay above their opponents St Mary's B.
Shaw C maintained their 100% record with a 6-3 win over Whitchurch in Mixed Division Three, a hat-trick from Paul Olive and Anna Williams leading the way. Bucklebury B are now third, a 7-2 win over Kennet C included hat-tricks from Colin Shurey and Sabrina Head and from David Haines and Margaret Neville.
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
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