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 nominated match players must be with the District Fixture Secretary before they play their first match. Any player registered after 31st October must wait 14 days before they are eligible to play in a match.
ROBIN DEASLEY MIXED HANDICAPPED TOURNAMENTThe entry for this year's tournament has now closed. Good luck to all taking part!
LATEST MATCH REPORT
Match Report: 20th November 2017
Andover left with a mountain to climb in the Blackford Cup
First up this week is the first leg of the Blackford Cup match between Kennet A and Andover Sports. Thanks to the handicap allowance, Andover went into the encounter with a slim three-point advantage. Kennet's Claire Drysdale lined up first in the ladies singles against Kay Carrington-Fisher and it was Claire that showed the way. In the men's singles Rory Muse was to face Damian Roberts and the spoils were shared. In the first doubles match, Andover took the initiative through Liz Roberts and Alan Swatton who took the points from Stuart Ramsay and Anna Sukwong-Fletcher to make it three a-piece. But then Kennet's Susan Haines and Phil Bennett stepped up to help their colleagues and Kennet never looked back. The next nine rubbers all went Kennet's way as they took maximums in every game. This result gives Andover a mountain to climb in the return leg. Final score was a victory to Kennet by 403 points to 273.
Shaw B took on Newbury in the only Ladies match this week. Shaw B ladies had a win under their belt and looking to add another, but Newbury B were not going to give up their chance to leap straight to the number one slot in division 2. Newbury's Sheila Moore and Laura Harrison wasted no time in dismissing Jenny Skilton and Tor Stone as the home pair struggled to get into their stride. Then it was Shaw's Natalie Parker and Anna Williams who evened the match by taking maximum points from Jo Russ and Hilary Hutchins. After that however, the Shaw ladies efforts were no match for the experience and skills of the Newbury Ladies who took the next four to record an untroubled win by 5-1.
The rest of the league's encounters were concentrated on the Mixed divisions. In division 1, newly promoted Kintbury were away to high-flying Newbury A. Kintbury, who are still to get off the mark, started well with the first rubber going to three ends. Despite the best efforts of Simon and Frances West, Newbury took this one. From that point on, it was all Newbury until rubber 6 when Cliff Verrall and Karen Giddings rocked their opponents by pushing them to the limit but failing to deliver the final blow. Simon and Frances then stepped up for their last encounter and took a point from their opponents to save Kintbury's bushes. Final score was a win for Newbury by 8-1 leaving Kintbury having to face the real prospect of a return to division two next season.
Newbury A were again in action against an undefeated Shaw A side. This was to be a much more taxing affair than the Kintbury match. Shaw's Andy Norman and Clare Beavis and Mike Pembroke and Lucy Burton went home undefeated earning their side 6 points while Newbury's Nigel Coombs and Julia Eatwell, Suzy Mugford and Pedro Cosa and David Sheldon and Sheila Moore each took a point for the home team. Final score was a win for Shaw by 6-3.
In Mixed division 2, Downlands B were drawn against slow-starting Bucklebury A. It was rubber three before Bucklebury's John Holloway and Margaret Neville put a score on the board for their team. Bucklebury's injured Alan Arnold and Sarah Lewington fought off Andy Stevens and Betty Duncan to take a second point for the Bucks but by then Downlands were home and dry as they ran out winners by 7-2.
In Mixed division 3, Bucklebury's B and C teams were in action. First up were St Mary's C versus Bucklebury C. An under-strength St Mary's side could ill afford to gift three points to their opponents and so it proved on the night. St Mary's quickly got into their stride and must have thought that just two pairs could still take the tie, but a hard fought encounter between Chris Best and Sabrina Head for Bucklebury and Paul Curson and Pam Norman for St Mary's went to the Bucklebury pair. This single point opened up the chance for their team to take the match and it was all down to the last rubber of the night with the pressure on Bucklebury's number 3 pair John Gotelee and Linda Williams. With a series of unusual shots and sleight-of-hand, the evergreen John Gotelee managed to confuse the opposition for just long enough to take the rubber and the match. Final score was a first win for Bucklebury C by 6-3 and another loss for St Mary's who have yet to score.
In the last match of the week, Kennet Mixed C took on Bucklebury's Mixed B team. With Kennet C aiming to top their B team colleagues this year, they set out in determined fashion. The ever-improving Owen Palka and partner Tata Saemee snatched the first rubber from Jake Welsh and Olivia May but not before it had gone to three ends. The next saw an injured Paul Knight and Matt Gordon lose to three ends to the experienced David Haines and Margaret Neville. Kennet then got their noses in front and gradually eased away to take the tie by 6-3, joining their B team colleagues at the top of division 3.
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