Southend and District Badminton Association – week 17

There were four matches across the two Masters divisions in the SDBA with Fitzwimarc keeping their perfect season in tact as they won 6-0 at Phoenix Flames Seconds. Angela McDaniel, Marie Baker, Phill Tuffee and Paul Chaplin made up the winning team for Fitz as they didn’t drop a game. Sara Thompson and Vikki Walker came closest to getting a point for the home side.

The defending champions remain in second though as Phoenix Flames stayed top but were held 3-3 at home by Eastwood. Tim Baskett and Peter Lewin both bagged doubles for the Flames who have played a game more than Fitz in the title race. Lorene Roberts and Debbie Moon also got two wins each for the visitors.

Eastwood were also involved in another 3-3 away draw, this time against Hawkwell. Caroline Trace and Sue Mills both secured two rubbers each for the Hawks. Adrian Watling and John Kindred were also victorious twice as well as three of the six rubbers went to three games. Eastwood stay in third while Hawkwell pull five points clear of bottom side Phoenix Flames Seconds.

In the division below, Westcliff strengthened their hold on first place and the chance of an immediate return to the Masters Premier with a 6-0 win over Fitzwimarc Thirds. Adrienne Munro, Barbara Childs, John Hall and Phil Crabtree made up the winning team for the visitors. Four rubbers went to three games though with Kay Bailey and Ian Moorcroft closest to getting a point for Fitz.

The final two Mixed Premier fixtures were played before the league split into two. Westcliff Seconds slim chances of finishing in the top four were ended by Eastwood as they lost 7-2. Matt Allum and Emma Harris and Adam Sibley and Charlotte Mortlock both picked up hat-tricks with the latter not dropping a game. Adrian Watling and Clare Roberts won a single rubber. Rob Perry and Emma Anderson-Brown and Matt Tonge and Andrea Lloyd both won a rubber each for Westcliff.

Eastwood Seconds also triumphed and moved off the bottom of the table with an 8-1 win over fellow strugglers SLH Rayleigh. Lorene Roberts and John Kindred and Clare Roberts and Pete Brumwell both won three perfect rubber each and were supported by a double from Martin Rainbow and Dawn Muggleton. Caroline Fletcher and Adam Whiting helped Rayleigh to their point.

Finally, Fitzwimarc Thirds made it three wins out of three in the Men’s Second division as they beat Blenheim 7-2. Adam Dixon-Peters and Craig Walsingham won all three rubbers for the visitors with braces for James Williams and Patrick Barker and Adam Reader and Tarun Goel. Andrew McMahon and Nish Tanna got a double for the home side.

  • Player of the Week – Lorene Roberts
  • Team of the Week – Eastwood (Masters Prem)

Mick Ferris

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