Currently at the top of Division A in the Plymouth & District Men’s League, University are setting the pace. Whilst visiting their nearest competitors, the students held Victoria A to a 6-6 draw in a very competitive closely fought match. Elsewhere, the students took a 10-2 home win over Division strugglers Derriford. Chris Ryan was involved in both points for the visitors whilst James Hayes remained unbeaten for the students. Meanwhile, Victoria A are holding on to second place thanks to some recent victories. At home to Ivybridge, Victoria ran out 9-3 winners. Chris Luscombe was undefeated for Victoria whilst Dan Corby was involved in all three points for Ivybridge. Away to Callington, Victoria went home with a 5-7 victory in a match that saw Callington’s Jack Osbourne involved in all five points for the home side. Entertaining University B, Victoria inflicted a 12-0 win over the students but were later to be deducted two points for a late score sheet. Middle of the table Victoria B travelled to Derriford for a friendly match that saw some competitive games and went home with a 1-11 result. Chris Ryan and Steve Kemsley saved the whitewash for Derriford when they forced points to be shared 22-20 11-21 with Dan Pring and Chris Hunt. In the return match, Victoria went one better to take a 12-0 win over Derriford. Travelling to Callington was worthwhile when Victoria B went home with a 5-7 win. In a competitive match at Ivybridge, Victoria B found that there was little to split the two teams which finished 6-6 and with each team also finishing on the same number of aces. Elsewhere University B entertained Callington and gained an 8-4 win against a visiting team that were forced to concede three events after borrowing a player from another club in order to fulfil the fixture. As all events were played, Callington were not to receive any additional penalty.
In Division B, the two teams from Plymouth Life Centre are competing in a three way tussle for the top place with University C. With a recent run of good results, PLC B have kept themselves in the running. The PLC inflicted a 12-0 defeated over Division strugglers Eggbuckland and then picked up some vital points in a 5-7 loss against University D. The PLC made the visit to University C worthwhile when they returned home with a 3-9 victory but the return match was more evenly matched and resulted in a 6-6 draw. Elsewhere University C entertained Eggbuckland and despite some competitive games, Eggbuckland could not convert the points as the students picked up a 12-0 win. YMCA Kitto entertained the students from University D in an encounter that could have gone either way but the students held their nerve to take a 5-7 victory.
Liskeard are well ahead of the rest in Division C, helped by a 3-9 victory over BATS which saw Barry Matthews undefeated for Liskeard. Torpoint and Kuasa are currently battling for second place in this Division and Torpoint had the edge at home to Kuasa, gaining an 8-4 result. Jason Crossman was undefeated for the home side whilst Jon Martin was involved in 3 of the 4 points for Kuasa. At home to BATS, Kuasa had a competitive edge and gained an 8-4 win. In a bottom of the table tie, BATS gained a 7-5 win over Plymouth Life Centre C to lift them off the bottom of the table. James David was undefeated for BATS.
Further information about the Plymouth & Badminton League and their Clubs can be found on their website at www.plymouthbadminton.co.uk