BADMINTON: Grantham men and women successful on the road

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Grantham Badminton Club men’s and ladies’ first teams both beat Cross O’Cliff away in Newark League Division One.

The ladies’ match went right to the wire after Sophie Turley with Kerry Durham won two rubbers and lost another in the final game. Susie Steeples with Jaz Gilbert also fought superbly to win two rubbers from three, with their third also being amazingly close. Crucially, Sonal Modi with Laura Graves needed to beat at least one Cross O’Cliff pair, which they did in style to seal the away win for Grantham.

The men won 6-3 to set up the possibility of overtaking Cross O’Cliff in the league, if they can achieve a home win against Cross O’Cliff 2nd later in the week. This they achieved, winning 7-2, with Ben Johnson and Jan Bailey winning all three rubbers. Nick Gill with Joe Attewell won two, as did Toby Mills with Adrian Ackroyd.

In the Melton Mixed League Division One, Grantham travelled away to top-of-the-league Mars but were defeated 8-1. Sandra Jennings played with Declan Hill, Sonal Modi with Matt Whittle, and Kerry Durham with Rob Scarborough claimed the single rubber.

In Melton Division Two Mixed League, Grantham also struggled against division-toppers Radmoor, who won 5-4 with two pairs. Josh Gould with Laura Graves claimed a rubber and Sarah Bransby with Ian Witham went close, as did Sophie Turley with Mike Woodhouse, losing in the third end of one of their rubbers. Three rubbers were conceded by Radmoor.