County Badminton Report

Norfolk’s Tom Hinks and Sam Dismore kicked off the singles in style by dismissing their respective opponents in two sets playing some good attacking badminton as did the ladies (Katherine Adamson and Emma Piper) who also won in straight sets leaving Norfolk 4.0 ahead moving into the doubles.

Cambridge however had partnered youth with experience in both their men’s pairings to form a strong combination which saw off Norfolk’s first pair Paul Savage and Craig Thomas in straight sets.  However Norfolk came back stronger for their second match and beat Cambridge’s second pair convincingly 21-11, 21-15.   Norfolk’s Nico Schilling and Sam Dismore were less lucky losing both their doubles matches.   Their first match was very close going to three sets which they were unlucky to win.

With Norfolk leading 5-3 overall, a victory for Amy Sharman and Emma Piper came against Cambridge’s first ladies pair with a very tight match going Norfolk’s way 27-25, 21-14.  Norfolk’s second pair Kathryn Adamson and Georgia Moyes produced a further victory in their match which left Norfolk ahead 7-3.

Needing just one more win to secure overall victory the ladies doubles final round was a little more intense.   Sharman and Piper found themselves in a close tussle which went their way 21-15 in the first set but unfortunately went to their opponents 12-21, 12-21 in the following two despite a tremendous fight by the Norfolk girls.   However Adamson and Moyes brought victory home to Norfolk with another win this time over Cambridge’s first pair in two very close sets.

With just the mixed matches remaining and Norfolk leading 8-4, Cambridge managed to pull back two wins out of a possible three with Norfolks third pair of Hinks & Moyes managing a clean sweep for the day leaving Norfolk winning 9-6 overall.

Yet another good team effort and well deserved win for Norfolk III.

Team comprised Paul Savage, Craig Thomas, Tom Hinks, Sam Dismore, Nico Schilling and Amy Sharman, Emma Piper, Kathryn Adamson, Georgia Moyes.