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Badminton: Flint Phoenix light up Ruthin to remain top

DIVISION One of the North East Wales League saw leaders Flint Phoenix A preserve the form book by crushing Ruthin A 7-1.

It was left to Sian Glover and Gemma Browne to save Ruthin’s blushes, when they overcame Lorraine Stephenson and Nicola Gilbert 21-11, 21-18 in two exciting games at second ladies.

Strengthened by new signing and player of the match Alyson Oates, Airbus thrashed strugglers Deeside A 8-0.

Only Gareth Thomas and Steve Barlow came close to winning for Deeside, as Steve Aylott and Chris Parry pipped them 22-20 in the third game.

Connah’s Quay tightened their grip on Division Two’s top spot with a rampaging 7-1 win over Buckley.

Experienced pairing Caren Price and Cal Lawrence saved Buckley from a whitewash beating Anneke Perret and Sara Williams over two games.

Denbigh entertained Mold B and despite home advantage lost out 5-3.

The match was decided by Mold’s strong men’s pairs, with Dave Sumner and Dhruv Bansal raising their game to overpower Rob Parry and Deri Cottle in two comfortable games.

Denbigh then went on to find second-placed Holywell A too hot to handle and were trounced 7-1. Undefeated David Davies was elected player of the match but the top contest of the evening was first ladies where Helen Evans and Katie Owen bounced back to upstage Paula Davey and Nora Dunn in the third game 21-11.