BADMINTON: Grantham teenager Watson plays a blinder

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Grantham Badminton Club enjoyed a busy and largely successful pre-Christmas week with five matches in the Newark League.

Star player was 16-year-old Andrew Watson who played a blinder and together with Rob Scarborough claimed three rubbers from three in the men’s fourth team Division Three match at Lincoln Albion. Andrew’s 14-year-old brother Daniel Watson with Dean Patel were impressive in claiming two more rubbers, as was Chris Graves with Brian Coyle.

Jaz Gilbert’s second mixed team played away to Cross Rackets at Minster School, Lincoln. Jaz with Chung Chan had a clean sweep, collecting all three rubbers, as did Bex Davison with Martin Peat. Susie Steeples with Adrian Ackroyd won two more rubbers to inflict a heavy 8-1 defeat on the home side.

At home in Div One, Grantham ladies’ first team swept away the challenge from Devon ladies, winning 9-0. Kerry Durham played with Sophie Turley, Bex Davison with Laura Graves, and Jaz Gilbert with Susie Steeples, to achieve the whitewash.

Grantham men’s second team had a tight match in Div One1, narrowly losing 5-4 to Cross O’Cliff. Adrian Ackroyd with Dave Shipman won two rubbers, Pete Mathews with Martin Peat won one,a nd Martin Chambers playing with reserve Rob Scarborough also claimed a rubber.

The mixed first team travelled to powerful Westside in Division One but could not match the home side’s strength, going down 8-1. Susie Steeples played with Martin Chambers, and Sophie Turley with Nick Gill. Kerry Durham with Chung Chan picked up a rubber to prevent the whitewash.