BADMINTON: South Kesteven boys go top of the league

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Nottinghamshire League

Under-17 Boys

South Kesteven 10

Southwell 0

South Kesteven swept aside Southwell to jointly top the league with Worksop A who they will meet in their next fixture in the new year.

South Kesteven comprised captain Carl Jennings, Andrew Watson, Harry Simpson and Jack Railton.

Under-15 Girls

South Kesteven 4

Southwell 6

A young South Kesteven team, playing their first league match, narrowly failed to make a winning start.

With the game finely balanced and South Kesteven needing to win all four of the final singles games, they could only take two of them. But because of the closeness of the result, the team managed to register two points.

South Kesteven were skipper Emma Turley, Meg Hassall, Holly Sparks and Helen Turley.

l Grantham Badminton Club men’s third team entertained a top of the league and unbeaten this season Westside at Priory Ruskin Acadamy.

After the first four rubbers, the score was two apiece. Chris Graves with reserve Rob Scarborough won two rubbers, Rob Howbrook with Declan Hill then picked up one and Andrew Watson with Carl Jennings the fourth.

This left the final rubber as the match decider and inevitably it went to three ends. Captain Howbrook with Hill claimed the winning rubber in the nick of time to seal an amazing 5-4 win to Grantham, 10 games all, 381 points to 367.

The result went some way to make up for an earlier 9-0 whitewash away at the hands of Southwell. Chris Graves played with Declan Hill, Andrew Watson with Carl Jennings, and Daniel Watson with Paul Izod.

The second mixed team had an easy win away at Cross Rackets, led by captain Jaz Gilbert with Chung Chan who claimed all three rubbers, as did Bex Davison with Martin Peat. Susie Steeples with Adrian Ackroyd picked up two more to make the final score 8-1.

The men’s fourth team lost 8-1 at home to Bottesford, the one rubber scored through reserve John Mayfield with Ian Witham who sent all three of theirs to third end deciders. Dean Patel with Daniel Watson also took a game in one of their rubbers to force a decider. Brian Coyle with Dave Chambers completed the team.