BADMINTON: South Kesteven boys drop valuable points

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Nottinghamshire League

Under-17 boys

South Kesteven 5

Mansfield 5

South Kesteven dropped valuable league points in their drawn home match, played out between two evenly matched teams.

South Kesteven’s nemesis was the Mansfield number one, Danny Brooker, who won all four of the games in which he was involved.

South Kesteven will need to beat Chilwell in their final match of the season to have a chance of securing the runners up-spot in the league.

The South Kesteven team were captain Carl Jennings, Andrew Watson, Harry Simpson and Jack Railton.

Under-15 girls

South Kesteven 7

Bingham (Sunrise) 3

South Kesteven recorded their first win of the season with a strong all-round team performance at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.

With the match tied at 2-2 after the first four doubles games, South Kesteven won five of the final six matches to secure maximum league points.

Player of the match was Holly Sparks who won all four of her games.

South Kesteven comprised captain Meg Hassall, Holly Sparks, Emma Turley and Helen Turley.

l Grantham Badminton Club scored 14 rubbers to the opposition’s 13 rubbers this week, all three matches finishing tightly with 5-4 scorelines.

Firstly, away at Loughborough College, Grantham mixed thirds took on Radmoor in Melton League Division One. By the final rubber, things were all square after Rob Scarborough with Leslie Jackson claimed their second from three in a tight third end.

Rob Howbrook with Sandra Jennings also added one win from three, and reserves Dave Frobisher with Laura Graves already had a win with one to play. And they won it in style for a valuable Grantham away win.

At home, Grantham men’s first team took on Lincoln St Andrews in Newark League Division One. Reserves Martin Chambers with Martin Peat took one pair to three ends and went close in another. Captain Nick Gill with Chung Chan had a clean sweep with three wins from three. Ben Johnson with Jan Bailey won one with one to play and steered Grantham to a useful victory in the final rubber.

In Melton League Division One, Grantham men played Meltonshire, with the opposition top pair breezing to three wins.

Grantham fought back with each pairing. Rob Scarborough and Jack Railton, Andrew Watson and Dave Chambers, and Dave Frobisher and Carl Jennings claimed a win. Rob and Jack narrowly lost a further game 29-27, failing to capitilise on their previous win.

In the final rubber of the evening, Dave and Carl went on to claim their second win with a riveting third end 26-24 victory, leaving Grantham with a narrow 5-4 defeat.