October's Match Reports

Match Report: 30th October 2017
All of the action from last week ...

In the Blackford Cup Aldermaston (starting each end on +2) played St Mary's (starting each end on -8). Playing the first leg at home St Mary's showed their intent from the start narrowly winning 13 out of the first 14 ends opening up an 81 point lead. Aldermaston fought back winning 5 out of the last 6 ends leaving St Mary's ahead by 66 points (398 to 332) at the end of the first leg. Janine Fisher and Matt Benians led the way for St Mary's ably supported by Katie and Andrea Woods, Lee Frith and Gareth Jones whilst Julie Ward led Aldermaston's fight back. Seemingly not daunted by St Mary's 1st leg lead of 66 points , the 2nd leg saw Aldermaston's team of Julie Ward, William Belfield , Helen and Chris Apsey, Kate Heathcote and Keith Fleming fight back. After 14 ends Aldermaston were ahead on the night by 56 points reducing the overall deficit to 10 points in St Mary's favour. St Mary's dug deep and held their nerve over the last 6 ends with Katie Woods and Pete Braithwaite winning the last 2 ends to see St Mary's to a narrow victory overall despite Aldermaston's 44 point (382 to 338) win on the night. The overall result saw St Mary's victorious by 22 points (736 to 714) and they will now face Newbury in the quarter final.

In Mens Division 1 St Mary's A continued their winning ways with a 9 rubbers to 0 win over Newbury A. Gareth Jones / Lee Frith, Martin Graham / Tony Glinos and Michael Nash / Matt Benians each won 3 rubbers for the winners.

A two pair Downlands C opened their Mens Division 3 campaign with a 5 rubbers to 4 win over Whitchurch. Mark Avery / Ian Ross kept a clean sheet for Downlands whilst Sean Mallard / Daniel Gender -Sherry won a rubber for Whitchurch.

Kennet A won their second match of the season in Mixed Division 1 when they defeated Shaw B by 7 rubbers to 2. Sue Haines / Max Juniper and Claire Drysdale / Rory Muse were undefeated for Kennet.

Andrea Woods / Pete Braithwaite won all their rubbers to help St Mary's B to a 5 rubbers to 4 win over Pegasus in Mixed Division 2.

In Mixed Division 3, Shaw C came from behind to win the last 2 rubbers to seal a 5 rubbers to 4 victory over Kennet B. Shaw's Anna Williams / Paul Olive won the 8th rubber, their 3rd of the night, to level the match. In a close final rubber Natalie Parker / Grant Lawrence held their nerve to win 22-20, 21-17 sealing the match for Shaw. Bucklebury B triumphed over their C team by 9 rubbers to 0 with Olivia May / David Haines, Linda Cross / Colin Shurey and Margaret Neville / Keith Vincent all keeping clean sheets. Tata Saenmee / Owen Palka led the way winning their 3 rubbers for Kennet C as they defeated St Mary's C by 7 rubbers to 2.

Match Report: 23rd October 2017
All of the action from last week ...

As the season begins to take shape, a familiar pattern is emerging as the Newbury Ladies A team continues its relentless march towards another premier division crown. Another powerful display against the Andover Ladies was reminiscent of Groundhog Day! The first game of the evening set the scene as the visitors took some time to settle. The combined power of Julia Eatwell and Suzy Mugford was too much for the visitor's number one pair of Pauline Prior and Sheena Eves. With Ruth Martin and Claire Struthers-Semple filling the other two slots in the Newbury squad, the result was never in doubt. Final result was an untroubled 6 - 0 win for Newbury leaving Andover to hope for better luck next time but glad to have got that one out of the way early in the season.

Shaw A Ladies were hosts to a newly promoted Bucklebury A side bolstered by recent signing Nayab Syed. When faced with the squad from Shaw, comprising Lucy Burton, Latha Taylor, Clare Beavis and Celia Young, Bucklebury needed to pull out all the stops. Unfortunately, that was never going to be enough in this encounter. Olivia May performed well for Bucklebury but the home side brushed aside the challenge to seal an easy victory. Life in the top set could prove to be difficult for the newcomers. Final score was a win for Shaw by 6 - 0.

Bucklebury B ladies were faced with a similar challenge when taking on the Shaw B Ladies. The Bucklebury B side fared much better than their higher ranked colleagues and the score sheet shows some close games that could have gone either way. It was the superior strength and experience of the Shaw squad that helped them to an apparently easy win but the match card tells a different story and the match could have ended in a tie if lady luck had been on Bucklebury's side on the night. Final score was a win for Shaw B by 6 - 0.

In the Men's premier division it was Hurst A who played hosts to visiting Downlands B. With some big names in the Downlands squad and a welcome return of Paul Dennis, Hurst were faced with a difficult evening. When David Irvine and Dylan Lewis took to the court against Steve Heath and Ian Ross, the task seemed less difficult as the home pair took the first rubber. The match was evenly balanced after four rubbers. After 6 rubbers the home side led by 4 rubbers to 2. Steve and Ian took the seventh but David and Dylan took rubber 8 to clinch the victory. The final rubber went to three ends but Downlands Simon Gaines and Joe Tsang were in no mood to let the last one go to Hurst. Final score was a well earned win for Hurst 5 - 4.

A below strength St Mary's B Men's squad took on Hurst B. Despite giving the visitors a three point start, the St Mary's pairings of Tony Glinos and Kevin Digweed and Dan Green and Pete Braithwaite finished the evening with three points apiece. A frustrating evening for the Hurst side as they were unable to notch up the two points needed for the win. Final score was a 6 - 3 win for St Mary's.

In Men's division two, Bucklebury B were drawn against Kennet B. Both sides enjoyed a successful season last year gaining promotion from division three but it was Kennet's night. Four rubbers went to three ends but it was Kennet that dominated. The result shows an emphatic win of 9 - 0 for Kennet but the match card shows it was much closer than that. The result leaves Bucklebury B at the foot of the table but the two above them are oh so close!

In Men's division three, Shaw C and Aldermaston, both relegated last year, played out a frustrating match. An under-strength Aldermaston side gifted three points to the home team by turning up without a full squad. It was three points that made all the difference as the Aldermaston pairing of Rodney Booth and William Belfield finished undefeated but that was not enough. The Shaw pairings of Oli Adams and Trevor Poore, Oli Terry and Andy Cecil and the evergreen Ian Lawrence and Richard Hicks each took a point to record a win for Shaw C by 6 - 3.

In the mixed divisions, first up were Shaw A v Shaw B. The result was as the form book would have us believe but it was Pete Bevell and Anna Williams and then Matt Benians and Celia Yeung that took a point from their colleagues. However the final score shows an untroubled win for the Shaw A team by 7 - 2.

Also in Mixed division one, Kennet A took on Kintbury. With both teams hoping to secure a permanent position in the top flight, there was all to play for. The match was balanced as the two teams traded blows but, at two rubbers each, Kennet started to edge away and took a sequence of three rubbers to take an unassailable lead. Kintbury took another but the final score shows a win for Kennet A by 6- 3 and a somewhat flattering third spot in the division.

Finally, in the time honoured fashion where matches between two similar teams in the same club are played early in the season, it was Kennet B versus Kennet C in a Mixed division 3 encounter. On paper, there is little to chose between the two sides but Kennet B have a reputation to maintain! Owen Palka is proving to be a real asset to the Kennet club and so it was on the night as he starred in the Kennet C teams performance but it was the greater strength in depth of the B side that enabled them to snatch a tightly-fought contest by a very flattering score of 7 - 2.

Match Report: 16th October 2017
Pegasus Are Flying High & The Blackford Cup Is Under Way

In Ladies' Division One, newly promoted Kennet A moved to the top of the table with a 6-0 win over their B team, with clean sheets from Claire Drysdale, Katie Wood, Andrea Wood and Sue Haines.

Two home wins for BH Pegasus saw them take top spot in Mixed Division Two. The first of their victories was by 6-3 over two pair Newbury B, for whom Claire Semple-Struthers and Dinesh Raja scored a maximum in a losing cause. The second win being a much closer affair with a 5-4 victory over St Mary's B that went down to a last rubber decider. Indeed, St Mary's had led 4-3 with two rubbers to play but ultimately it was Sandra Jennings and Kevin Harris who saw BH Pegasus over line with a three end triumph over the evergreen away pair of Margaret Mason and Tony Glinos. Earlier braces from Christie Yao / Ray Chow and Karin Themsen / Ramsay Domloge had taken the match to 4-4.

The rest of the fixtures were in the Blackford Cup where a place in the quarter finals was on offer for the winners.

An experienced Newbury side were able to overcome their handicap with a comfortable two legged victory over Bucklebury B. The overall margin of victory was 75 points after winning the first leg by 381-341 and the second leg by 378-343.

Downlands took a narrow six point advantage into the second leg following a 362 - 356 win over Blackford Cup holders Kennet B. Despite Downlands winning five and drawing three of the ten rubbers available Kennet B were still well in the tie.

In the second leg, Kennet B made the strong start they craved with Amy Foreman's victory in the Ladies singles and Matt Rawlings's win in the Gentlemen's singles giving them a 42 point lead on the night and wiping out Downlands's first leg advantage. However, these were their only victories on the night and following a draw between Elaine Brewin/Paul Dennis and Jackie Ansell/Malcolm Taylor the remaining seven rubbers were all won by Downlands. Slowly but surely Downlands reduced the deficit but with four rubbers to play Kennet B were still seven points ahead overall. Victory for Paul Dennis/Sacha Emery over Malcolm Taylor/Ted Ryan took Kennet B's lead on the night down to a single point and Downlands into the lead overall. There was no comeback for the holders in the final Mixed rubbers as wins for Sally Hill/Steve Keats, Elaine Brewin/Paul Dennis and Ali Ross/Sacha Emery took Downlands 33 points ahead on the night and to an overall victory by 39 points.

Match Report: 1st October 2017
Newbury and District Badminton 2017 / 2018 Season begins

The 2017 / 18 badminton season starts with Newbury looking to retain their Ladies title, St Mary's the Mixed title, Downlands the Men's title and Kennet B the Blackford Cup.

Early results suggest that the teams promoted last season may find this season more challenging, with many of them losing their opening matches, whilst most of the teams relegated last season started the new campaign with wins hoping for a quick return to the higher divisions.

Ladies Division 1 saw newly promoted Kennet A play two matches losing the 1st to last season's division winners Newbury A by 5 rubbers to 1 and then winning the 2nd against their B team by 5 rubbers to 1. In the 1st match Newbury's Julia Eatwell and Suzy Mugford kept clean sheets whilst Sue Haines and Claire Drysdale picked up the consolation rubber for Kennet A. Anna Fletcher and Durga Limbu picked up the sole rubber for Kennet B in the 2nd match whilst Sue Haines and Claire Drysdale were undefeated for the A team.

In Men's Division 1 St Mary's A started their campaign with a 9 rubbers to 0 win over promoted Downlands B. Gareth Jones / Lee Frith, Martin Graham / Michael Nash and Matt Benians / Dan Green each won 3 rubbers for the winners.

Kennet A, who were relegated to Men's Division 2, had two early wins as they look for a quick return to Division 1. The first match saw them defeat their B team by 8 rubbers to 1, Nick Bazin / Max Juniper and Phil Bennett / Owen Palka kept clean sheets for the A team with Tom Hunt / Stuart Ramsey picking up the consolation rubber for the B team. Nick Bazin / Max Juniper continued their winning streak as they were undefeated for Kennet A ensuring a 6 rubbers to 3 win over St Mary's B for whom Tony Glinos / MarkLowries won 2 rubbers.

St Mary's B had earlier beaten Shaw B by 6 rubbers to 3 with Tony Glinos / Kevin Digweed winning all 3 of their rubbers for St Mary's whilst Paul Olive / Ed Shaw picked up 2 rubbers for Shaw.

In a close match where 7 of the rubbers went to three ends, Kennet B won the final rubber to triumph over promoted Hurst B by 5 rubbers to 4. The match had seen both teams leading and when Colin Dangerfield / Josh Goldring won the 8th rubber (their 3rd of the night) for Hurst to level the match again, Hurst must have felt hopeful of a win but Kennet's Tom Hunt / Stuart Ramsey held their nerve to win the crucial 9th rubber (another nervy 3 ender) to seal the victory.

Bucklebury A defeated their B team by 9 rubbers to 0 with David Haines / John Holloway, Colin Shurey / Keith Vincent and Alan Arnold / Jake Welch all keeping clean sheets.

Men's Division 3 saw relegated Aldermaston play Whitchurch. Glynn Libberton / Rodney Booth and William Belfield / David Lowe each won all 3 of their rubbers to ensure a 6 rubbers to 3 victory for Aldermaston. In the same division Shaw C ran out winners by 8 rubbers to 1 over Kennet C, Oli Terry / Keith Watts and TrevorPoore / Oli Adams each won maximums for Shaw with Jamie Payne / Paul Knight picking up Kennet's consolation rubber.