Southend and District Badminton Association league – week 8

Mick Ferris

by Andrew Strutt

Eastwood Seconds moved to the top of the Masters First division with a 5-1 victory away at SLH Rayleigh. They did start 3-0 up as SLH fielded an ineligible player but Martin Rainbow won both of his rubbers to ensure Eastwood made it three wins from three to start the season. Jan Watt and Judy Slater helped SLH to their point as they fell to defeat for the first time.

In the division above, Hawkwell continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-3 draw against Fitzwimarc. Jamie Cole starred for the Hawks as he won all three of his rubbers. Donna Venables, Emma Dixon and Gary Curtis all won two rubbers each for Fitz in their opening match of the season.

Eastwood’s first match in the Ladies Premier this season ended all square as they drew 3-3 with Phoenix Flames. In terms of total points, only three points separated the two sides with two of the six rubbers going the distance. Clare Roberts and Laura Whiteman both picked up braces for the home side. Tracey Haylett won all three of her rubbers for the Flames to help them secure their first points of the season.

The match of the week arguably came in the Mixed Premier between B & BP and Fitzwimarc. Four of the nine rubbers went to three games with some very close rubbers but despite that, Fitz managed to triumph 7-2. Rebecca Terry and Ryan Pinnock and Natalie Smith and Paul Chaplin both managed to secure hat-tricks with Pam Lee and Patrick Barker getting the other rubber. Emma and Daniel Potter and Wendy Hyde and Manoj Remala won a rubber each to get the points for the home side. Victory moves Fitz two points behind Westcliff while B & BP remain in third.

In the division below, Fitzwimarc Seconds triumphed 8-1 away at Phoenix Flames Thirds despite five of the nine rubbers going to three. Chloe Baker and Freddie Kemble Jones won a perfect three rubbers while Kera Lewis and Roger Jones also picked up a hat-trick. Sarah Hall and Jamie Lammas won two rubbers. Trudi Clark and James Georgiev helped the Flames to their point.

Finally, in the Men’s First division, Blenheim bounced back from defeat in their opening match of the season with a 7-2 victory over SLH Rayleigh. Kenny Wong and Andy McMahon won all three of their rubbers and were supported by a brace from Nish Tanna and Chris Roberts and Lee Bussey and Brodie Beaven. Joe Garnett and Tom Negus helped SLH to their two points. Blenheim move up into second with victory.

Player of the Week – Jamie Cole

Team of the Week – Blenheim

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Mick Ferris

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