Southend and District Badminton Association League – week 6

Leighway bounced back from defeat in their opening game of the Men’s Premier league with a convincing 9-0 win over Fitzwimarc Seconds.

Zac Pallier and Tom Crosby, Arran Weston and David Virgo and John Masheter and John Gardner all won three perfect rubbers for the home side. Jay Crewe and Peter Smith did the best for the visitors who have now suffered back to back defeats.

Down in the Men’s Second division, Fitzwimarc Seconds moved to the top with a 6-3 win over former leaders Hawkwell Seconds. Adam Dixon-Peters and Craig Walsingham picked up a hat-trick without dropping a game and were supported by a brace from Rob Cornish and James Williams and a single rubber from Mike Vardy and John Hobbs-Hurrell.

Keith Wood and Ben Gates were victorious twice for the Hawks with the other rubber for Andrew Strutt and Richard Gardner.

Westcliff and Westcliff Seconds both had two matches in the Mixed Premier with the first being against each other. The first team won out 9-0 with Adrienne Munro and Lee Scott, Nicola Waller and Russell Blunt and Jade Timms and Lewis Barr all securing hat-tricks, with the former two pairings not dropping a game. Barbara Childs and Matt Ayres came closest for the Seconds.

Fitzwimarc then edged out the first team 5-4 in their next match. Alan Adkins and Rebecca Terry and Spencer Collins and Angela McDaniel both secured braces for the visitors. Michael Clark and Liz Gotts grabbed the other one for victory and kept Fitz unbeaten for the season and second in the league. Lee Scott and Adrienne Munro won all three of their rubbers for the home side while Lewis Barr and Jade Timms picked up one win.

The Westcliff Seconds bounced back from defeat in their next game by beating Eastwood Seconds 8-1 away. Emma Anderson-Brown and Rob Perry and Andrea Lloyd and Matt Ayres were both successful in all three of their rubbers with Barbara Childs and David Clark bagging a brace. Adrian Watling and Clare Roberts helped Eastwood to their point.

Down in the Mixed Second division, Hawkwell picked up their first win of the season with a 6-3 win over Phoenix Flames Thirds. Farnaz Siddiq and Andrew Strutt secured a perfect three rubbers for the Hawks with Matt Smyth and Caroline Trace winning two and Gavin Lewis and Sue Mills picking up one rubber. Danny Peach and Kana Hazlewood picked up two wins for the Flames while Dave Kitchens and Jill Beaver earned a single rubber.

In the Ladies Premier, reigning champions Leighway triumphed 5-1 away at Chelmsford Casuals. Viv Gillard and Andrea Stretch both won three perfect rubbers for the visitors while Lesley Pallett and Pam Lee got the point for the home side.

Down in the Ladies First division, Fitzwimarc beat their Seconds 6-0 with Alicia Chu, Jenny Chu, Mandy Holland and Mair Dew making up the winning team. However, Fitz Seconds bounced back against Hawkwell to win 4-2. Chloe Baker won all three of her rubbers without dropping a game while Kay Bailey and Emma Dixon both won braces to secure victory. Farnaz Siddiq helped the visitors to their two points.

Player of the Week – Lee Scott

Team of the Week – Fitzwimarc (Mixed Premier)

Mick Ferris

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