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Last time the Newmarket Badminton Federation Leagues were reported there were quite a few results outstanding, but with all the results now in there are no further surprises in the league positions.
the Mixed Division One, Newmarket A nudged ahead of Ely Victoria to retain their
title, whereas Newmarket B finished the other end of the Division in their
annual yo-yo between Divisions. St.
Phillips A made a last minute dash up the Division with a win over Ely Victoria
and a rare draw against Newmarket A. The
other two Mixed Divisions had been long-since sewn up.
The Con Club finished well clear at the top of a very competitive Second
Division, in which St. Phillips B struggled to stay the pace.
Linton showed class in remaining unbeaten to take the Third Division
A were expected to retain their First Division Ladies title, but the manner was
impressive, sweeping all before them until they dropped just the one game of
their season against Ely Victoria. Haverhill
lost just the one match against Newmarket and St. Phillips were close behind
them. No shame on any of the teams in the newly combined
“all-in” Ladies Division with all teams scoring points.
Unfortunately, however, Cambridge Hurst could not sustain a team and
withdrew before the end of the season.
In the Men’s First
Division the final placings were decided as much by who could consistently field
a reasonable side as the actual results on the night.
Once again St. Phillips were kicking themselves - having to concede to
Littleport and being one player short in the first match of the season at Ely
Victoria left them a point short of the more consistent Ely Victoria. Ely therefore regain the title from last year’s first-time
winners St. Edmunds who weren’t fielding the same strength side as last year
in their title defence. Squad
troubles saw Newmarket A slide to an all-time low fifth spot and Borders to the
bottom of the Division. Burwell’s
undefeated Men were well clear of the mid-table tussle between the usual
suspects in the Second Division.
Just a couple of months now for players to get their rackets re-strung ready for next season.