Uphill finish on top in close encounter

PUBLISHED: 12:45 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 05 December 2018

Uphill Badminton Club C team.

Uphill Badminton Club C team.

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Uphill Badminton Club A team finished on top in a thrilling contest against Chew Valley.

Uphill Badminton Club A team defeated current champions Chew Valley A 5-4 in a thrilling contest.

Missing Emily Page-Symonds, the team of Matt Cole, Paul Edwards, Mark Edwards, Christy Cole, Becky Halfpenny and Caroline Higgins all played well.

The three ladies went to Chew and the three men’s to Uphill with the Uphill men turning it on to square the match.

Matt and Christy were on fire winning the first 21-12 before losing out in the next two. Paul and Becky were on top form winning in straight games. This left Mark and Caroline to win 21-12 in the decider to clinch a 5-4 win.

In a Division 4 local derby, Uphill juniors were narrowly edged out 5-4 by Wyvern C.

The team on the night was Lewis Gilbert, Harry Gardner, Ben Moore, Heather Russell, Beth Chadwick and Lucy Loud.

Uphill took two of the mixed with Harry and Beth then Ben and Lucy winning in straight games.

The ladies were all close with Heather and Beth losing 23-21, 22-20, Heather and Lucy winning 16 and 15, before Beth and Lucy went down 21-18 in the third.

The boys were equally close with Ben winning in two with Harry, but losing in straight games with Lewis. This left the match at 4-4.

The Uphill boys lost 15-21, but then looked set for a decider at 19-16 before losing five point running to go down 21-19.

The men’s B team took the long trip to Shepton Mallet to take on Wells City. The team of Paul Wright, Tony Wilsher Day, Bill Ponting and Nigel Judge took part in a epic battle.

Five of the six rubbers went to deciding games and the rallies and closeness of the play meant the teams could barely be separated.

Despite this, Uphill’s only success came with Bill and Nigel winning 21-18 in the third game to give Uphill a undeserved 5-1 defeat.

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