BADMINTON: Easy victory for Grantham men

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Grantham Badminton Club men’s first team swept aside Westside after the opposition were only able to field two pairs.

Nick Gill with Chung Chan won two rubbers, Ben Johnson with Jan Bailey added one, and Andrew Watson with Adrian Ackroyd narrowly lost one in the third end, with three rubbers conceded by Westside.

However, the ladies’ first team suffered a bad spell before bouncing back in style. They lost 4-2 to Cross O’ Cliff away and were then defeated 5-1 at home to Westside. The teams comprised Jaz Gilbert, Kerry Durham, Sophie Turley and Zoe Foote.

But they redeemed themselves to beat Westside 2nd 4-2 away. This time the players were Jaz, Kerry, Maria Hart and Zoe. And the following night they thrashed Lincoln Albion 6-0 away. Playing this fixture were Jaz, Kerry, Sandra Jennings and Maria.

In Division One of the Melton League, Grantham fielded two new young ladies in Emma and Helen Turley, who paired up with Ben Johnson and Rob Scarborough respectively. The new ladies performed amazingly well against tough league-topping opposition side Belvoir. Each pairing won one rubber from three, to add to a single rubber won by team regulars Zoe Foote with Andrew Watson, making the final score 6-3 to Belvoir.

Meanwhile, Grantham men’s second string lost 6-3 in Division Two of the Newark League.

The lengthy thriller went on till 10.30pm, with five rubbers from the total nine going to a third and deciding game, spinning the match out to the latest night of the season.