DAVE HAYMAN was promoted into the Holmfirth C team for the fourth time this season and helped them retain second place in the table with a 7-2 win over Kirkburton D.
Although visitors Kirkburton are from the opposite end of the Division III table, Holmfirth knew it would be a tough test for them in the Huddersfield Badminton League.
It certainly looked that way when Kirkburton took the first two men’s points, but Holmfirth then powered back to win all the remaining matches – not dropping a set among the ladies.
Holmfirth C 7 Kirkburton D 2
Men – (Holmfirth names first): Steve Brown and Dave Powell lost to Jared Ellam and John Cockram 13-21 15-21, Brown and Dave Hayman lost to Ellam and Carl Simpson 17-21 21-17 20-22, Powell and Hayman beat Cockram and Simpson 15-21 21-16 21-18.
Ladies: Naomi Downes and Hannah Settle beat Cath Bentley and Steph Sykes 18-21 21-11 21-8, Downes and Jan Sykes beat Bentley and Angela Sykes 21-13 21-17, Settle and Sykes beat Steph and Angela Sykes 21-6 21-11.
Mixed: Brown and Downes beat Ellam and Bentley 21-19 21-19, Powell and Sykes beat Cockram and Steph Sykes 21-15 15-21 21-12, Hayman and Settle beat Simpson and Angela Sykes 22-20 21-19.
In Division VI, Beaumont Park C had their No1 man missing and, although Darrell Turner gave a good performance playing up in his place, they were beaten 9-0 at home by St Cuthbert’s C.
Robert Hardcastle and Frederic le Doeuff made a bright start for Beaumont Park, winning the first set 24-22, but they couldn’t keep it going against visiting pairing Vincent Chau and Rizwan Sarwar, losing the next two to 13 and 10.
St Cuthbert’s continued to stay on top from there, eventually taking every match.
Beaumont Park C 0 St Cuthbert’s C 9
Men – (Beaumont Park names first): Robert Hardcastle and Frederic le Doeuff lost to Vincent Chau and Rizwan Sarwar 24-22 13-21 10-21, Hardcastle and Darrell Turner lost to Chau and Nick Martinek 5-21 11-21, le Doeuff and Turner lost to Chau and Martinek 19-21 19 21.
Ladies – Margaret Siswick and Rosalie Rawnsley lost to Jane Moore and Emily Crowther 8-21 8-21, Siswick and Abby Steele lost to Moore and Pippa Woodroffe 16-21 18-21, Rawnsley and Steele lost to Crowther and Woodroffe 16-21 11-21.
Mixed – Turner and Siswick lost to Chau and Moore 13-21 21-19 14-21, le Doeuff and Rawnsley lost to Sarwar and Crowther 12-21 18-21, Hardcastle and Steele lost to Martinek and Woodroffe 23-21 22-24 17-21.
In Division V, Janet Thorpe played up for Beaumont Park A and won all her three games as they gained revenge over Holmfirth F with a 5-4 win.
Having lost by the same scoreline at Holmfirth earlier in the season, it was a sweet result for Beaumont Park which was secured in the final rubber of the clash.
Chris Joynson and Carole Hetherington were the home pairing against Derek Thompson and Janet Winn of Holmfirth and it was a closely-fought encounter.
Joynson and Hetherington won the first set to 14, Thompson and Winn hit back to 16 and, in the decider, the Park pairing took it 21-18.
Beaumont Park A 5 Holmfirth F 4
Men – (Beaumont Park names first): Paul Green and Chris Joynson beat Arthur Whitworth and Derek Thompson 23-21 17-21 21-18, Green and Jim Brown lost to Whitworth and Clive Hunt 21-23 14-21, Joynson and Brown lost to Thompson and Hunt 14-21 21-14 17-21.
Ladies – Carole Hetherington and Ann-Marie Taylor lost to Julie Linsley and Janet Winn 19-21 17-21, Hetherington and Janet Thorpe beat Linsley and Catherine James 21-18 21-12, Taylor and Thorpe beat Winn and James 23-21 21-17.
Mixed – Green and Thorpe beat Whitworth and Linsley 21-17 21-17, Joynson and Hetherington beat Thompson and Winn 21-14 16-21 21-18, Brown and Taylor lost to Hunt and James 17-21 10-21.