Southend and District Badminton Association – week 18

by Andrew Strutt

Fitzwimarc claimed their first piece of silverware this season as a 4-2 win over Phoenix Flames guaranteed them the Combi Premier title. Spencer Collins secured a hat-trick for Fitz with Kera Lewis and Zak Pryor both winning two to help seal victory overall. Holly Sims helped Phoenix to their two points. They have one match left to play but are guaranteed second place already.

In the division below, Fitzwimarc Seconds recorded a 6-0 win over SLH Rayleigh to move joint top of the table. Gary Curtis, Adam Dixon-Peters, Kera Lewis and Emma Dixon all won three perfect rubbers for the home side, as they made it four wins out of five this season. Jan Watt and Judy Slater came closest to grabbing a point for SLH who remain fourth.

Westcliff made it four wins from four in the Mixed Premier with a 9-0 victory over Phoenix Flames. Matt Allum and Jade Timms, Lee Scott and Farnaz Siddiq and Adam Sibley and Clare Roberts all won three rubbers each, with Matt and Jade not dropping a game. Jay Clark and Holly Sims narrowly lost out 22-20 in the third game of one rubber but couldn’t quite claim a point for the Flames who sit safely in third place in the table.

In the division below, Fitzwimarc Seconds leaped into top spot with a 9-0 win away at Hawkwell. Ryan Pinnock and Sarah Hall, Chloe Baker and Sean Tierney and Kera Lewis and Oliver Smith all notched hat-tricks, with Chloe and Sean not losing a game. Heidi Paine and Gavin Lewis twice went to three but missed out on a rubber for the Hawks as they stay in third place.

Phoenix Flames took another step towards the title in the Masters Premier with a 6-0 win over Hawkwell. Mandie Breed, Tracey Haylett, Omprakash Dash and Peter Lewin made up the winning side for the Flames, as they move 13 points clear at the top. Jenny Howorth and Keith Wood performed best for Hawkwell who remain in second place.

In the division below, SLH Rayleigh made it two wins out of three with a 4-2 victory over Phoenix Flames Fourths. Jan Watt, Judy Slater, Colin Campbell and Alex Marcus all won two rubbers each to help SLH to victory. Jo Howard-Simpson, Kana Hazlewood, Ian Breed and Emeka Agunwamba all won one rubber each as the Flames suffered a fifth straight defeat.

In the Ladies Premier, Fitzwimarc are now just two points away from becoming champions after a 6-0 win over Eastwood. Natalie Smith, Chloe Baker, Pam Lee and Sarah Hall all won three perfect rubbers for Fitz. Clare Roberts and Dawn Muggleton came closest to a rubber for Eastwood who remain bottom of the table.

In the division below, Phoenix Flames Seconds wrapped up the title with a 6-0 triumph against second-placed B & BP. Three of the six rubbers went the distance but the Flames claimed them all with Tracey Haylett, Sara Thompson, Corinne Telling and Jill Beaver all securing hat-tricks. Tamsin Collinge twice lost out in three games for B & BP.

Finally, SLH Rayleigh secured a big 8-1 win over Chase in the Men’s First division for their first victory of the season. Joe Garnett and Sam Partridge won a perfect three rubbers and were backed up by a hat-trick from John Bull and Stephen Reeve and a brace from Tom Negus and David Samdaniel. Ven Vundavalli and Hari Mullapudi got the point for Chase. SLH stay in fourth ahead of Chase who remain bottom, but they have three matches in hand.

Player of the Week – Kera Lewis

Team of the Week – Phoenix Flames Seconds (Ladies)