Southend and District Badminton League – week 15

Westcliff made it three wins from three in the Masters First division with one of the closest matches of the season so far. They triumphed 4-2 over Fitzwimarc Thirds but every match to three games. Barbara Childs won all three of her rubbers for Westcliff with Christina Scott and John Hall getting the other to secure victory overall. Mike Vardy helped Fitz to their two points and they stay in third.

Leighway remained on track in the Ladies Premier to retain their title as they won 5-1 away at Eastwood. Natalie Smith and Mia Petchey both secured all three of their rubbers for the away side. Kirsty Binstead and Charlotte Mortlock got the point for Eastwood.

Elsewhere in the division, Westcliff leapfrogged Chelmsford Casuals after they beat them 4-2. Adrienne Munro got a hat-trick for the away side with Nicola Waller and Jade Timms bagging the other rubber for a win. Susie Olorenshaw helped Chelmsford to their two rubbers.

In the Men’s Premier, Riverside’s impressive first season in the top flight continued with a 9-0 win over struggling Fitzwimarc Seconds. Michael Dunn and Tom Grafton, Andy Brown and Tom Pennington and Alan Gibbens and Richard Sambridge all picked up hat-tricks with the former two pairings not dropping a game. Michael Kong and Oliver Smith came closest to getting a point for the home side.

Fitzwimarc’s first team remain top of the Men’s Premier but did suffer a first loss of the season, 5-4 away at Leighway. John Masheter and Tom Crosby and Pete Brumwell and David Virgo both picked up braces with Peter Moseley and John Gardner securing the other rubber for victory overall. Alan Adkins and Paul Chaplin won all three of their rubbers for Fitz. Ryan Pinnock and Daniel Wightman got a single rubber.

Down in the Men’s Second division, Hawkwell Seconds edged out Blenheim 5-4. Andrew Strutt and Richard Gardner and Keith Wood and Ben Gates both won two rubbers each with Chris Gates and Dan Hagon getting the other for the win. Andrew McMahon and Nish Tanna picked up a hat-trick for the home side while Colin Campbell and Chris Roberts secured a single win.

Fitzwimarc returned to the top of the Mixed Premier ahead of the division splitting in two, with a 9-0 win over rock bottom Eastwood Seconds. Rebecca Terry and Alan Adkins won a perfect three rubbers and were backed up by Marie Baker and Phill Tuffee and Angela McDaniel and Spencer Collins also getting hat-tricks. Pete Brumwell and Clare Roberts fared best for the home side.

Elsewhere in the division, Fitzwimarc Seconds all but guaranteed their spot in the top four to play in the Mixed Premier for the second half of the season. They won 5-4 away at Westcliff Seconds with Zak Pryor and Mandy Holland winning all three rubbers for Fitz with a single win for Jay Crewe and Julie Ingham and Oliver Smith and Mair Dew. Rob Perry and Emma Anderson-Brown and Matt Tonge and Andrea Lloyd both bagged braces for Westcliff who can still catch Fitz Seconds but require a 9-0 win in their final match.

Finally, Hawkwell moved into third spot in the Mixed Second division with a 7-2 home win over Highlands. The visitors were only able to field two pairings meaning Hawkwell started 3-0 up and another pair pulled out after playing two matches due to an injury. Andrew Strutt and Sophie Pearson won one rubber on the night with Mike Smyth and Farnaz Siddiq and Matt Smyth and Caroline Trace also winning one rubber on the night. Tim Rainbow and Hannah Crosby got a brace for Highlands who stay fifth

Player of the Week – Alan Adkins

Team of the Week – Leighway (Men’s Prem)

Mick Ferris

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