BADMINTON: Grantham men win in clash of titans

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The top guns were out in force in a long-awaited Newark Men’s League Division clash between Grantham and visitors Westside.

Two-and-a-half hours of voiciferous exchange ended in triumph for Grantham when Ben Johnson with Jan Bailey excelled in claiming all three of their rubbers. Captain Nick Gill with Joe Attewell claimed two further rubbers and lost their third narrowly by 30 points to 28 in an exciting third end. Martin Chambers with Toby Mills picked up a valuable single rubber to seal the 6-3 Grantham victory.

Elsewhere, Grantham men seconds travelled away to Crossed Rackets in a snow delayed fixture. Grantham struggled but Jon Ashley with Adrian Ackroyd claimed two rubbers and Toby Mills with Ian Witham brought Grantham’s tally to three. Rob Howbrook with Chris Graves had a bad night, failing to add to the total. Crossed Rackets won the other six rubbers .

In the mixed Melton League top flight, Grantham were at home to Belvoir. In a closely fought and tense match, Rob Howbrook with Sandra Jennings took two rubbers, as did Rob Scarborough with Kat Perry. In a final and match-deciding rubber, Matt Perry with Sonal Modi fought hard but lost the third end, meaning the final score was 5-4 to Belvoir.