Lynn Reds go top of the league after derby

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As the Ouse Valley Badminton League enters a Christmas break, a few games have changed the standings, writes Emma Littler.

King’s Lynn’s ladies travelled to Downham, who had previously been clinical with 6-0 and 5-1 wins, for a tense 3-3 draw. A particularly good game was played between Rachel Ingham and Frankie Johnson of Lynn and Carol Cade and Yvonne Huggins from Downham. After three matches, Lynn prevailed.

Heacham travelled to Lynn in only their second game of the year, but were beaten by a strong team. Ellie Mendham stepped in for an injured Cathie Robbins for Heacham and the closest game was played between the 1 and 3 seeds, with Maria Crompton and Sally Mendham being closely beaten by Lynn’s Jess Alder and Ingham.

In the men’s league, Downham A went to Wisbech and lost 4-2.

Downham A travelled to Watlington unable to provide a fourth player; however they pulled it back and scraped a 3-3 draw. Downham managed to win all their matches in two games.

A top of the table clash took place between Lynn’s Red and Blue team, a fixture that had earlier in the season been won by the Reds 5-1. The Reds missed number 3 player Joe Link, so Tom Davey stepped in. For the Blue team Tom High filled in the final space.

The Reds ran out 5-1 winners once more, putting them top of the table over the Christmas period.

The final mixed games of the year saw Downham seal a hard fought win at Watlington. Although the win was already secured after Richard Barker/Carol Cade and Ben Watts/Helaine Wyatt had won two of their matches and Roy Harrison/Lorraine Rogers won one of theirs, the best game played was the last between Watts/Wyatt against Gary Hellard/Emma Littler. Both pairs were unbeaten and Hellard/Littler secured the point, meaning a consolation score of 4-5.

In Lynn A’s trip to Downham, some excellent games meant the score was poised at 4-4. Downham’s number 3 seeds Helaine Wyatt and Simon Emerson beat Lynn’s number 1 Jess Alder and Dan Bennett in the first game 22-20.

Lynn bounced back 21-9 but lost in the third 21-17, giving new leaders Downham the overall 5-4 victory.

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