Uphill A team remain clear at the top

Uphill Badminton Club.

Uphill Badminton Club. - Credit: Archant

Uphill Badminton Club had three teams playing league matches in the past week.

UPHILL Badminton Club enjoyed a busy week on the courts with the club’s A, D and men’s teams in action.

In the A team’s toughest test of the season, a hard-fought 6-3 victory over Frys was obtained by the 11-time defending Division 1 champions.

The night got off to a hard start with Frys first pair Heather and Pete Wrigglesworth beating Ellie Jewell and Paul Edwards 21-18, 21-19.

Christy and Matt Cole swept aside their opponents in the second mixed, before Becky Halfpenny and Mark Edwards came through another three-setter to give Uphill a 2-1 lead.

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In the match of the night, Matt and Paul came from one down to earn a crucial win. Mark and Paul went down 18-21 in a close three-setter before Mark and Matt won the last men’s in straight games.

Ellie and Christy were in dominant form winning in two, while Ellie and Becky lost a tough rubber, before Christy and Becky gained the last rubber to give the team a crucial eight points and leave the A team two points clear at the top of the table after three games played.

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Players of the night were Christy and Matt winning all three of their rubbers.

Uphill D got off to a flying start away to Clevedon Feathers D with Tom Miller and Bethan Dunning winning the first mixed and Ryan Collins and Harry (on his debut) winning their men’s.

The first ladies’ was lost by Maureen and Anna Collins, but Bethan took charge of the other two ladies to put Uphill 3-1 up.

Feathers took the third mixed along with the next men’s which Ryan and Harry agonisingly 23-25 in the third.

This left the match at four each and all resting on Tom and Ryan’s match. Despite their best efforts they went down 21-19, 22-20 with unforced errors being the key. Player of the match goes to Bethan for winning all her three rubbers.

Uphill men travelled to Mark looking to improve on their opening 5-1 loss away to Mendipway.

Luke Morgan and Zakir Hussain got off to a flyer by dominating the play in the first rubber wining. Bill Ponting and Boby John outplayed their opponents in the next rubber with some excellent winning shots in some long rallies.

The next three rubbers were all won in straight games with Luke in particularly fine form. At 5-0 up, the closest rubber was the final one, producing hard-fought rallies and going to three games, with Bill and Zakir emerging winners to make it 6-0 to Uphill.

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