October 29, 2014 by Alan Twells
U16 North Midway Badminton League Match Report
Date: 26th October 2014
Boys – Nick Twells, Cameron Collins, Sam Wood and Joe Hill.
Girls: Chloe Wilkins, Wembley Prince, Ella Haines, Eve Dale and Isobel Patterson-Watts
The day didn’t start well with the Twells Team Bus being delayed due to a SWAN on the M1!! This limited the amount of warm up time that the Team had, which did have an impact on the first Match, which was against a strong Cheshire Team.
As there were only 4 Counties entering the Tournament the format was changed to 4 mixed, 4 singles and 2 doubles matches., a total of 16 games up for grabs.
Match 1 Leicestershire v Cheshire
The mixed doubles started well with Nick and Wembley showing the way with a comprehensive 21-11 victory, which was supported by an excellent performance from Joe and Isobel who won 21-14. Chloe and Sam narrowly lost 18-21 and a nervous Cameron and Eve also lost 10-21, which meant we were level at 2-2. Then came the dreaded singles games!!! With 8 players in action only Ella came up trumps and won 21-11. That meant the score shot up to 3-9 Oh Dear!! Next came the doubles, wow what a difference with, Sam & Nick, Cameron & Joe, Chloe & Wembley and Ella & Eve winning every game to finish the result 7-9.
Match 2 Leicestershire v Yorkshire
Chris Hall, now looking less green than he was a few hours before!, gave a stirring team talk. This spurred on the team, who started well again with Sam & Chloe and Cameron & Wembley winning. Nick & Ella and Joe & Isobel had great matches and both lost narrowly. Again the match was in the balance at 2-2 before the dreaded singles!! Nick started a very tough match and came out winning 21-20. This set the tone and Joe, Chloe, Ella and Eve all won their matches. This meant the score was 7-5, we can play singles! Next came the doubles with the pairings of Nick & Sam, Cameron & Joe, Chloe & Wembley and Eve & Isobel all winning the matches with some excellent badminton, most notably Eve & Isobel winning 21-8. The best moment of the match being a TAXI on Nick! The final result was 11 – 5, a great result, bring on the next match.
Match 3 Leicestershire v Warwickshire
With the Team buoyant from the win against Yorkshire, this lead to a good start in the mixed doubles with Nick & Wembley, Sam & Chloe and Joe & Eve winning their matches comfortably and Cameron & Ella just losing out. The score was now 3-1 going into the singles. Cameron, Sam, Joe, Chloe and Wembley won their games to leave the score 8-4 going into the doubles and needing one more game for victory. Nick & Joe played some great badminton to win comfortably 21-11, with a few ‘pings’ and laughs along the way. Next up was the Cam-Sam show, who won a very competitive match. Wembley and Chloe dominated their match 21-3. Eve & Isobel had a much tougher match against a strong pair and they lost their match. The final team score being 11-5, another great performance from the Team.
We finished 2nd place overall, with a great chance to push for 1st place next time.
Well done and thanks to all the players, parents and Chris & Pete Hall for all their help.
Alan Twells, Team Manager.