Uphill A team back on the top

PUBLISHED: 09:35 20 January 2017

Uphill Badminton Club Under-18s.

Uphill Badminton Club Under-18s.

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Uphill Badminton Club’s A team reclaimed top spot in the league with a 9-0 whitewash of Wyvern.

It was another busy week for Uphill Badminton Club, which saw two wins and two defeats.

The A team continued their fine recent form to whitewash local rivals Wyvern A 9-0. The team of Paul Edwards, Matt Cole, Mark Edwards, Claire Buckingham, Christy Cole and Becky Halfpenny all played well, winning all nine rubbers in two games. This result puts Uphill back on top of the table by two points after six games played. Next up is the big one, Mendipway away.

The men’s A team travelled to Clevedon to take on Feathers. The team of Rhys Davies, Archit Singhal, Tony Wilsher Day and Craig Piper all put up a good fight, with three of the six rubbers on the night going to deciding games.

Uphill’s sole victory on the night saw Rhys and Craig beat Ben Nye and Mike Kemp in three. This left Feathers as 5-1 victors on the night

The weekend saw a junior double header against St Ursula’s of Bristol. In the younger Under-14 match, the team of Zion Chen, Charlie Marsh, Shuo Shuo Jin and Susanna Ogden all played well, but came up against a strong St Ursula’s quartet.

The match started well with Zion winning his singles, but St Ursula’s won the next three, despite Shuo Shuo Jin going close. The doubles were all in two games, Uphill’s sole success coming with Shuo Shuo and Susanna (debut) winning well.

Despite the scoreline, there were many close games and the match result could have been far closer on another day.

In the older junior match, the Under-18 line-up of Jack Rickwood, Harry Gardner, Jithin James and Archit Singhal were in scintillating form, storming to a 9-1 victory.

The singles were a tense affair with St Ursula’s putting up a real fight, taking three to deciding games. The doubles saw Uphill click into gear, winning the first four comfortably.

St Ursula’s hit back to beat Jack and Archit, before Harry and Jithin completed the 9-1 victory, again winning in three.

This gives Uphill two wins from two. With Yate away next it looks all set up for a title decider against Portishead in March.

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