Plymouth University look on course to win men's badminton league
PLYMOUTH & DISTRICT BADMINTON LEAGUE
UNIVERSITY A continue to stretch their lead at the top of Division A in the Plymouth & District Badminton Men's League.
On paper the students could still be caught but this is looking more and more unlikely as they continue to clean up against their opposition.
University inflicted 12-0 whitewashes on Ivybridge, Plymouth Life Centre A, and Callington.
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However, Callington put up a stronger fight in the return match in Cornwall and managed to take two points from their visitors as the students went home with a 10-2 victory.
Sean Ryder was involved in both points for the home team.
Back at the Nancy Astor Centre, the students beat Greenbank 11-1 in a competitive match.
Victoria and Greenbank are still vying for second in this division.
Victoria have built a slight advantage with two recent victories against Greenbank and away at Ivybridge.
Victory went home with a 9-3 win from Greenback before winning 10-2 at Ivybridge – a final score that belied the competitive nature of the match.
Despite a tough season in Division A coping with unexpected promotion and a long-term injury to their number one man, Ivybridge are determined to keep going, picking up points where they can and Chris Hall was involved in both points for Ivybridge.
Greenback beat Plymouth Life Centre 11-1. Myles Thorne and Rob Siwy saved the whitewash. In the return match, the PLC took advantage of their home venue to pick up a few extra points going down 8-4.
Life Centre then lost 9-3 at Callington. Tom Gill was involved in all three points for PLC.
University B are still leading the pack in Division B, helped by a 12-0 win over YMCA Kitto.
The rest of the teams are still fighting for positions, with Derriford currently second.
They beat YMCA Kitto 10-2 before they were beaten 7-5 against Plymouth Life Centre B.
Life Centre also beat Torpoint 7-5 and University D 7-5.
But went Life Centre visited the students, University D ran out 10-2 winners.
The league saw the first draw of the season at YMCA Kitto who drew 6-6 with visiting University D.
There is still all to play for in Division C.
Plymouth Life Centre C beat bottom club Devonshire 10-2. Devonshire were later deducted two points for a lost scoresheet.
Devonshire, though, did gain an 8-4 win at BATS.
Devonshire also claimed a 7-5 win at the Life Centre, but they found University C a different proposition, losing 12-0.
Meanwhile, Life Centre beat BATS 8-4.
DEVON'S professional squash team The Diamonds are closing in on a Premier Squash League play-off place after a win at last year's semi-finalists St George's Hill.
The Diamonds, sponsored by Plymouth company Michael Spiers, triumphed 3-2.
The Diamonds are sustaining their winning streak after a 5-0 whitewash over Bristol.
Results: Daryl Selby 3-1 Laurens Jan Anjema (11-3, 12-10, 10-12, 11-8), Ali Anwar Reda 0-3 Olli Tuominen (3-11, 5-11, 5-11), Joe Lee 3-0 Joey Barrington (11-4, 11-4, 14-12), Charles Sharpes 2-3 Tim Vail (11-3, 9-11, 12-10, 7-11, 6-11), Dom Lloyd-Walter 0-3 Aisling Blake (7-11, 8-11, 5-11)