October's Match Reports

Match Report: 26th October 2018
This week's action

Kennet Ladies A dispatched their B side 6-0 to lead Ladies Division One and maintain their perfect start to the campaign. It was business as usual for champions Newbury Ladies A as they began their defence of the title by beating Shaw Ladies B 6-0.

In Ladies Division Two Bucklebury Ladies lead the way after a second victory over their B side, this time going one better and winning 6-0.

There was another intra-club match in Mens Division One which saw Shaw A beat a two pair Shaw B side 9-0 in the reverse fixture. These two wins have taken Shaw A four points clear of the rest, albeit with three sides yet to start their campaigns.

The majority of the action took place in Mens Division Two with St Marys A continued their 100% start by overcoming the handicap of only fielding two pairs to beat Downlands B 5-4. Kennet B are second after a 5-4 victory over Bucklebury A who were hampered by a player injury in the sixth rubber. Shaw Mens C won the battle of the newly promoted sides by overcoming Andover 6-3 to register their first win.

Mens Division Three leaders Newbury B registered their second win of the campaign, beating Hurst B 7-2.

Match Report: 18th October 2018
Blackford Cup Gets Underway

This week in the Newbury District Badminton Leagues, the Blackford Cup took centre stage with two first round matches; St.Marys against Kennet B, and Kennet A against Bucklebury A. In the fist tie, St.Marys started each match on -9 against Kennet Bs +6. The fist leg began with a great start for the home team with both mens and ladies singles going the way of the Saints. This set a platform for the home side who carried this momentum through the rest of the night, with only the last mixed match going the way of Kennet B. This left Saints with a 98 point lead going into the return leg later in the week, and it proved to be an unassailable lead as the Saints extended the points difference by 51 points, to give them an overall victory margin of 149 points - an average of 3.9 points difference per game.

The other Blackford Cup fixture this week saw an even closer affair. Kennet A on -3 travelled to Bucklebury A on +4 in the first leg and Bucklebury A clearly had a game plan and executed it perfectly, taking the majority of the rubbers in the first leg and taking the tie by 46 points. However, with a personnel change and a game plan of their own, Kennet started the return leg on the front foot, taking the singles and the first two doubles encounters, which took Kennet into an overall lead. The come back was on! From this position of strength, Kennet refused to lose the initiative and successfully completed the comeback taking the tie by 80 points and winning by 34 points overall - an average difference of 0.8 points per game.

Outside of the Blackford Cup, there were a few matches in the leagues, with Mixed Division 1 seeing a couple of ties. Title contenders St.Marys A and Downlands A kept up their 100% record with wins over Kennet A and Newbury B respectively. St.Marys A made short work of Kennet A, who had until then had not been beaten, with a 9-0 win. Downlands A saw off the challenge of Newbury B with an 8-1 win.

In Mixed Division 2 and 3, in-house matches were played with first up Shaw B against fellow Division 2 participants, Shaw C. With 5 out of the 9 matches going to three ends, it was anything but routine for the Shaw B team, but they managed to ride out the storm to win 9-0. In the lower division, Bucklebury B took on their C team, and were similarly up against a spirited effort by the lower ranked team; but the B team proved too much and notched up a 7-2 win.

Match Report: 7th October 2018
Newbury and District Badminton 2018 / 19 Season underway

The 2018 / 19 badminton season started, as is usual, with a number of A vs. B team clashes as teams look to establish an early lead in their divisions.

Ladies Division 1 saw Kennet A take on their B team and run out convincing victors by 6 rubbers to 0.

Bucklebury B fared slightly better against their A team in Ladies Division 2 picking up a rubber as they lost by 5 rubbers to 1.

In Mens Division 1 Shaw A started strongly with a 9 rubbers to 0 win over their B team.

St Mary's B started their hunt for the Mens Division 2 title with a 6.5 rubbers to 2.5 win over Shaw C.

After narrowly missing promotion from Mens Division 3 last season Newbury B opened their season with a 9 rubbers to 0 victory over Bucklebury B. Kennet C looked to have defeated Aldermaston but later realised they had unfortunately fielded an ineligible player resulting in an amended score of 7 rubbers to 2 in Aldermaston's favour.

Kennet A are the early leaders of Mixed Division 1 following two victories. The first match was a close encounter against Shaw A with the teams alternating rubbers until Kennet won the crucial 8 th rubber leading to a 5 rubbers to 4 win for Kennet. The second match was also a 5 rubbers to 4 win this time against Newbury B who unfortunately could only field 2 pairs and thus had to concede 3 rubbers. Newbury B had earlier lost by 9 rubbers to 0 to their A team. Downlands A inflicted a second defeat on Shaw A by 7 rubbers to 2.

Despite taking part in 6 close three enders Kennet B lost by 8 rubbers to 1 to St Mary's B in Mixed Division 2. In the same division Shaw B defeated a two pair Shaw C by 8 rubbers to 1 and Downlands B had a 7 rubbers to 2 win over Bucklebury A.

In Mixed Division 3 Whitchurch defeated a two pair St Mary's C by 6 rubbers to 3.