Captain misses his first match in nearly 15 years

PUBLISHED: 09:24 20 January 2012

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Uphill Badminton Club captain Mark Edwards missed his first match for nearly 15 years, going down with flu.

UPHILL Badminton Club only had the A and E teams in action this week, with one winning and the other losing.

The A team were at home to Clevedon Feathers B and club captain Mark Edwards missed his first match for the A team since joining it from the junior ranks in the 1997/8 season due to flu.

The team however, did not disappoint him, as they continued their unbeaten run, winning by nine rubbers to nil. It is doubtful if Mark’s long uninterrupted run of A team matches will ever be beaten.

Robin Curry, playing his first A team match as a stand-in for Mark Edwards, performed well at this level. The other team members were Paul Edwards, Becky Matthews, Matt Cole, Christie Langford and captain Nicky Mills.

The match was enjoyable, but one sided and completed quickly, with all the rubbers being won in straight games.

The only competitive rubber was the second men’s in which Paul and Robin were made to work hard by Oliver Powens and Mike Armstrong, before winning 21-16, 22-20.

The A have now played six matches and won them all 9-0.

The E team had a tough match at home to Chew Valley B and lost a close match by five rubbers to four.

The Uphill team consisted of captain Callum Grayson, Felicity Pritchard, Luke Morgan, Jess Hargrave, Harrison Whitewood and Abbi Rickwood.

Uphill got off to a good start with Callum and Felicity winning the first mixed 21-17, 21-17, but Chew Valley used their experience to hit back and win the next two mixed rubbers.

Chew won the first two ladies’ rubbers easily with Bab Fowles, Chew Valley’s first lady dominating the rallies. The Uphill men then won all their rubbers comfortably to bring the match to four rubbers each at the start of the last ladies’ rubber that proved to be a nail-biting affair.

Eventually, Evelyn Heighton and Tina Toogood from Chew beat Abbi and Jess 26-24, 22-20 to complete an enjoyable match. The only players to win all their rubbers were Callum for Uphill and Bab Fowles for Chew Valley.

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