Long Lawford (5 v St Philips 1 (4)
The second top of the table clash between these two teams in a week saw another tight battle with Mondays result being reversed and Long Lawford coming out on top this time. S Richards and Paul Hillyard were unbeaten and Tracy Hillyard and Ian Gregory won a tense final rubber to make it 5-4 on the night. A privilige to watch for the small band of dedicated spectators. Well done to all the players.
St Philips 2 (4) v Trinity 2 (2)
The last game of the season saw relegation rivals St Philips 2 play Trinity 2 at home, and their rivals Churchills playing at Trinity 1 on the same night.
St Philips went into the match 4 points ahead of Churchills and 3 ahead of Trinity 2. With the best rubber difference if the 3 draw would be enough to see Philips stay up.
The match started well for Philips with both pairs when against Trinities 2nd pair whilst they waited for the last member of Trinities 1st pair to arrive. Trinities 1st pair managed to finish with 1 win and 1 loss before the split. The splits went the same way leaving the final score 4-2 to Philips. The win giving Philips a shot at 3rd place.
Thanks for another cracking season of badminton.
Claybrooke (2) v Long Lawford (7)
Some close scores but overall a comfortable win for Long Lawford with Tracy Hillyard and Ian Gregory remaining unbeaten on the night. D Bateman and J Webb won Claybrooke's two rubbers.
StPhilips (2) v Trinity (4)
Great games played, taking most rubbers to 3 games!!
Trinity 2 (4) v St Philips 2 (2)
Well played and evenly contested fixture. Looking forward to the return match next month.
Harborough Feathers (3) v St Philips 3 (6)
Well done to both teams for a good match with the feathers for a freezing friday in February.
Claybrooke 1 (3) v St Philips 1 (3)
Looked to be a win for St Philips as they were 3-1 up before the splits but a comeback from Claybrooke gave them a much needed crucial point.
St Philips 2(3) v Trinity 1 (3)
A brilliant match for St Philips 2s first away game this season. Newly returned to the top flight the question is can they stay there at the end of the season.
Trinity came out strong taking both the opening rubbers. Philips then took then next two leaving the splits to decide the match. Predictably the splits then came out 1 all, leaving the final score 3 all.
As always with the Rugby leagues the matches were great fun, fantastic badminton and great company.
Long Lawford (5) v Claybrooke (4)
An unfortunate achilles tendon injury early in the match robbed Claybrooke of one of their pairs and the probable victory.
Hunters 1 (6) v Claybrooke 2 (0)
Hunter’s first team returned to form with a good result against Claybrooke. David Pugh and Arthur Male took the first game against Claybrooke’s first pairing, however their second game was operose and taken by Claybrooke 21-16, Arthur and David took the third with a more convincing display 21-12 taking the first rubber of the evening. Simon Davies and Jamie Carter playing one of their first matches together made light work of Claybrookes second pairing, and put up a very good performance against the Claybrooke first pair taking both rubbers without losing a game. The final two rubbers both went Hunters way leaving a final score of 6-0.
Trinity (4) v St Philips (2)
Great games, some amazing rallies were played in the ever sweaty Bilton sports hall!! result doesn't really show the closeness of some of the games. Look forward to the return match :-)
St Philips 3 (6) v Hunters 1(0)
Well done to both teams as the games was more close than the scoreline. Very nice to play against ex team members.
Trinity 2 (8) v St Philips 2 (1)
Another well contested match between these two teams. Many close games, with home advantage perhaps making the difference.
St Philips 2 (3) v Trinity 2 (6)
A very close set of rubbers, with most matches going the distance.
All games were played in good spirit. Looking forward to the return fixture next week.
Harborough Feathers (0) v Hunters 1 (6)
Hunters first encounter with Harborough Feathers for a few seasons turned out to be a good one. With the home advantage and plastic shuttles Arthur Male and David Pugh made good progress in their first two rubbers winning both without losing a game. Mark Taylor and Simon Davies also started well, winning their first rubber, however in their second they were up against two of Harborough Feathers young and most determined players. The first two games were shared and the final game looked to be going Hunters way at 20-17, however the Harborough pairing came back well to level at 20-20 until Mark unleashed his "Bandersnatch" character and won the game and match for Hunters. The final score 6-0 to Hunters.
St Philips 3 (3) v Hunters 1 (3)
A Good level of badminton from both teams for the first match of the season.
Hunters 1 (6) v Hunters 2 (0)
Hunters started their season with an inter club fixture. Despite losing two match players over the summer, Hunters have still put together a quality first and second team, with several new players. The first team with Arthur Male and David Pugh first pairing were solid in their first rubber, whilst Mark Taylor and Simon Davies made a flying start in the first game only to be push very closely in the second game. It was 4-0 at the split. The acme of the evening was Mark & Arthur against Pete Sawyer and Badj Rahman, Mark and Arthur took the first game, but Pete & Badj fought back to win the second game 25-27 and took it to a decider, the third game was eventually taken by Mark & Arthur. The match finished 6-0 to the first team, a good start for the season.
St Philips (5) v Claybrooke (4)
A very tight encounter with a thrilling climax to the evening. Hearts were racing as the clock ticked down in a hot and sweaty Bilton hall. Eventually there could only be one victor. Well done to a competitive x team.