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Clifton clinch double as ‘B’ team lift badminton league title
New ladies division one champions Clifton ‘A’ emphasised their domination with a 6-3 win at RI Monday/Wednesday ‘A’ in the York Badminton League.
Lucy Smith and Karen Broster were in top form for the league winners and took all three rubbers with some attacking play.
Clifton ‘B’ made it an excellent week for the club by taking the ladies two title with a fine 7-2 home win over RI Tuesday/ Thursday.
Gerry Screeton and Qian Noble kept up their season-long understanding with three excellent home wins, and they were well supported by Zoe Cook and Ronnie Davison, who took two wins with some style.
York RI Monday/Wednesday ‘A’ look to have sealed the men’s one title after a 6-3 home win over near rivals Clifton ‘A’.
Chris Hunt and Dave Preece were in good form for the Institute and made the winning difference with three straight successes.
George Noble and Erik Wagenaars took two Clifton wins, but lost out narrowly to Hunt and Preece.
Clifton ‘B’ and RI Tuesday/Thursday ‘A’ fought out a mid-table men’’s one clash, with Clifton ‘A’ easily winning 9-0.
Kevin Davison and England veterans’ player Denis Cleary were too good for the opposition and were untroubled in taking their three rubbers.
University Staff look good for promotion from men’s three after a 5-4 home win over RI Monday/Wednesday ‘C’ at the campus sports centre.
Mike Poulter and Peter Davies took three wins for the visitors for a total of 139-118, but Win Techak and Steve Martin sealed the home win with a 13 and 10 victory over Stephen Poulter and Umar Aqbar.
St John had contrasting fortunes in mixed one when they played well to beat Clifton ‘B’ 5-4 at Lord Mayor’s Walk, but were then well beaten 9-0 at York RI Monday/ Wednesday ‘A’.
Richard McIntosh and Lucy Smith took three Clifton ‘B’ wins, but Adam Harvey and Jaz Crisp snatched the win bonus points with a narrow triumph over Kevin Davison and Shelagh Barker.
Riverside ‘A’ stepped up their fight to stay in mixed one with a 7-2 home win over fellow strugglers Shepherds.
Craig Dobson and Trisha Fowler set the standard for the home team with three wins, which included a 17-21, 21-14, 21-18 victory over James Pearson and Lisa McClaren, who took two Shepherd wins.
Selby/Drax ‘A’ were untroubled in scoring a 9-0 home win over RI Tuesday/Thursday ‘A’ in mixed two.
Michelle Hall and Scott Anderson topped the Drax averages with three straight wins.
Selby Jubilee ‘A’ visited Tadcaster 86 ‘A’ in mixed two and were good value for a 5-4 win.
James and Ning Dawson made the difference once again with a great display that brought them another maximum haul.
Huntington ‘B’ gained promotion from mixed four after a 7-2 away win over Pocklington and a 7-2 away defeat at RI Tuesday/ Thursday ‘C’.
Paul Moisley and Carolyn Arden took five Huntington wins from the two matches and just lost out to Ellen Mooney and Soren Stendevad, who took three Institute wins for 147-104.
RI Tuesday/Thursday ‘C’ then visited Selby Jubilee and were beaten 7-2.
Some great play from Jubilee’s Peter Murphy and Steph Bevan sealed the Institute’s fate after the visitors had rallied to take four of the rubbers to a deciding end.