QUEENS REIGN SUPREME

Exeter & District League badminton round-up...

QUEENS A retained their Exeter & District League Badminton League Division One title without having to step on court after Ringswell A lost their final match to Exeter B.

Queens had only needed one point in their final fixture to mathematically secure the crown, but were handed the title when Exeter B beat Ringswell A 7-2.

Sam Owens/Katie Scotter were unbeaten for Exeter, as Nigel Osborne/Erin Whitten won two rubbers for Ringswell which was enough to finish second. Queens A then were given a walkover against St Leonards A who were unable to field a team and were already consigned to finishing bottom.

Queens B had already won Division 2A, but just like in the top division, Ringswell finished second. Despite four of the nine rubbers going to three sets, Ringswell B beat Otter Vale 9-0 before doing just about enough, despite a 5-4 loss to Sidmouth A, to finish second by three points. John Carter/Rachel Irish were unbeaten for Sidmouth A while Martyn Schmidt/Julie Frost won two rubbers.

At the other end of the table Otter Vale A had needed to win 9-0 in the relegation decider against St Leonards B, but slipped to a 7-2 loss. Brian Deem/Heather Rake and Dave Williamson/Teresa Simic scored points for Otter Vale, but unbeaten Sam Maltby/Sue Banks and Andy Rowe/Nikki Anslow secured safety for St Leonards, while Rob Price scored his first point of the season, teaming with Rachel Dare to win 17-21,21-17, 21-17 against Dan Clark/Jo Smith.

St Leonards C retained their Division 2B title with a 5-4 win over Honiton. Chulmleigh’s 8-1 win over Otter Vale B had left the Exeter-side needing to win their last match to secure the title, and the match went down to the final rubber.

But Ian Jameson/Anne Trevanna beat Sam Prangley/Sue Fallows 21-13, 21-18 to give them the title after Dan Corbey/Sharon May had won all their three rubbers.

In the other fixture James Newcombe/Grace Williams completed a perfect season of 24 wins out of 24 for Sidmouth B, but it wasn’t enough as they slipped to a 5-4 loss to Otter Vale B that left them in fourth place. Tim Hall/Sue O’Brien, Andy O’Brien/Maxine Sweetman and Nigel German/Anne Drury all contributed points for Otter Vale.

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