BADMINTON: Grantham ladies whitewash Lincoln Albion

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Grantham Badminton Club’s fancy dress Christmas tournament this year heralded a new male winner as Chris Parrot joined Susie Steeples in beating Ben Johnson and Jaz Gilbert in a closely fought final.

Matches resumed with Grantham Ladies playing Lincoln Albion Ladies at home where they romped to a 9-0 whitewash, including one 21-0 game score involving captain Sophie Turley playing with Kerry Durham. Susie Steeples played with Jaz Gilbert, and Chloe Sidwell with Laura Graves, to complete the nine rubber achievement.

Grantham Men’s 3rd travelled to Southwell and were on the receiving end of a 9-0 whitewash, despite several rubbers being narrowly lost by the up and coming junior based team. Carl Jennings with Andrew Watson went closest to a rubber, losing a three-ender. Daniel Watson with Mike Woodhouse and Josh Gould with Brian Coyle all went close to the winning line against various opposition pairs, with no final glory.

Mars A recorded their second win of the season is Men’s Division One with an 8-1 win at home against Grantham. In Division Two, Oakham are on top with a 100 per cent record, the last one being a 5-4 win at Belvoir Bottesford, who are second after a 7-2 win over Staveley Amateurs.

The semi-final line-up for the Les Hall Cup sees a Division Two derby between Belvoir Bottesford and Mars B and an all Division One encounter between Belvoir A and Mars A.

The second Melton Badminton Club tournament of the year will be the Men’s and Ladies’ Handicap on Sunday, January 27, at Asfordby Amateurs, starting at 10am. Contact Linda Hallam (01664) 854790 or lindahallam@ntlworld.com with entries before Saturday, January 20. Entry is £4, payable on the day.