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Badminton: Double delight as Mold climb table

BOTTOM of the North East Wales Badminton League Division One at the start of the week, Mold A began their fightback against Connah’s Quay A.

In a shock, Mold won 5-3 with player of the match Tom Peace teaming up with Mal Davies and playing inspired badminton to overcome Chris Scutter and Dave Markey in two tight games.

Mold then went on the inflict a 5-3 defeat on Denbigh A as high flying Denbigh’s Danny Hughes and Paul McCracken were surprisingly beaten by Pete Walker and Jon Savory as Mold rose off the foot of the table.

Northop are also under threat of relegation but they too showed they still have some fight left as they defeated visiting Llanferres A 5-3.

A draw was a fair result in the Division Two encounter between improving Ruthin A and Buckley.

But Buckley’s improved performance carried through to their game against Llangollen where they won 8-0.

Star of the match was Buckley’s unbeaten Steve Eltham, who with partner Rob Taylor outplayed Mike Lush and Nik Evans at second men’s.

Llangollen fared only slightly better against Connah’s Quay B losing out 7 -1.

Division Three promotion candidates Wynnstay Arms were trounced 6-2 by resurgent visitors Broughton in a match which saw Alison Hulley and John Speed overcome Andy Tustain and Viv Davies over three tight games. Wynnstay Arms responded positively in their next match against Flint Phoenix B, running out 6-2 winners.

With Alex Graham in scintillating form with partner Chris Travers, they notched up an sound three game triumph over Laurence and Jack O’Donnell.

With their number one man missing and a player short Ruthin B were always up against it as Mold B won their match 7-1.

Pauline Brooke-Rankin and the evergreen John Uren were Ruthin’s only winning combination, proving too strong for Alex Reeves and Jean Rogers over three games.