Southend and District Badminton Association League

Report by Andrew Strutt

Riverside secured the Men’s Premier title with a 7-2 win away at Fitzwimarc. Raff Pratheek-Badrinath and Tom Grafton won all three of their rubbers and were backed up by braces from Michael Dunn and Tom Pennington and Andy Brown and Sridhar Ramasubramonian. Phil Tuffee and Ryan Pinnock and Paul Chaplin and Spencer Collins won a rubber each for Fitz.

Elsewhere in the division, B & BP picked up their first win of the season with a 5-4 win over Fitzwimarc Seconds. Paul Hyde and Jordan Rogers winning a perfect hat-trick and Paul Harvey and Adam Stevens getting a rubber too. Daniel Batchelor and Nathan Burrell won two rubbers for the visitors with Andre Rudder and Richard Lucas and Oliver Smith and Patrick Barker winning one each.

Chase made it four wins from four in the Men’s First division with an 8-1 victory over Fitzwimarc Thirds. Togy Philip and Praveen Rajan and Peter Greenslade and Jinu Jacob both won three rubbers without dropping a game and Kevin Edwards and Haafiz Suleman secured two rubbers. Adam Dixon-Peters and Daniel Wightman helped the away side to their point.

Also in the division, Hawkwell won 5-4 away at SLH Rayleigh. That was despite starting 3-0 down due to fielding an ineligible pairing. Russell Dobson and Matt Smyth picked up a hat-trick and were supported by a double from Keith Wood and Jamie Cole. Andrew Strutt and Tom Negus won the single rubber on the night for SLH.

In the Masters Premier, Phoenix Flames closed out their season with a 4-2 win over Hawkwell. Mandie Breed won all three of her rubbers while Tim Baskett and Sara Thompson both secured two to help the Flames to victory. Chris Green helped the Hawks to their two points in a match where four of the six rubbers went to three.

Phoenix Flames Thirds also picked up a victory in their final Masters Premier match with a 5-1 win over Eastwood. Jo Howard-Simpson and Colin Campbell both secured a hat-trick to help their side to the win. Dawn Muggleton and Gary Webb grabbed the point for Eastwood.

Finally, in the Mixed First division, SLH Rayleigh beat Eastwood 5-4 before then losing their final match 7-2 at Phoenix Flames Seconds. Judy Slater and Andrew Strutt helped SLH to their victory over Eastwood and were supported by a single rubber from Sally Morris and Joe Garnett and Jan Watt and Mike Smith. Dawn Muggleton and John Kindred won two for Eastwood with one win each from Debbi Moon and Gary Webb and Clare Roberts and Adrian Watling.

Sara Thompson and Tim Baskett picked up three perfect rubbers in the Flames win over SLH. They were backed up by braces from Jo Howard-Simpson and Gary Rose and Carly Horsler and Russell Dobson. Jan Watt and Mike Smith won the two rubbers for Rayleigh in their defeat at the Flames.

Player of the Week – Jo Howard-Simpson

Team of the Week – Riverside

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