KIRKBURTON’S C and D teams were on the wrong end of 7-2 defeats, but both matches were closer than the scorelines suggest.
In Division III of the Huddersfield Badminton League, Spen Valley A consolidated their place at the top of the table when beating Kirkburton D, for whom John Cockram played up.
Five of the matches went to three games, but Spen Valley won four of those and that made a massive difference to the overall score.
In Division II, Brighouse A beat Kirkburton C by the same 7-2 margin and, again, there were some really close-fought games.
Ladies first game between Charlotte Lyons and Sarah Clarke for Kirkburton and Gemma Hayman and Cath Downes for Brighouse was very tight after each pairing had won to 17.
In the last game, Hayman and Downes were up 20-16 but home pairing Lyons and Clarke fought back to win 22-20.
The first men’s, in which Andrew Denby White and Kevin Ruttle took on Glynn Roberts and Steve Scott was also tight at 21-11 19-21 after two games.
But Brighouse duo Roberts and Scott proved too strong in the third end, winning 21-8.
Kirkburton took just one of the mixed matches.
Kirkburton D 2 Spen Valley A 7
Men – (Kirkburton names first): John Crowther & Billy Prady beat Phil Denton & Roy Hampshire 21-16, 12-21, 21-18; Crowther & John Cockram lost to Phil Denton & James Booth 17-21, 21-19, 13-21; Prady & Cockram lost to Hampshire & Booth 21-15, 20-22, 19-21.
Ladies – Cath Bentley & Angela Sykes lost to Liza Findlaw & Gemma Swaine 14-21, 15-21; Bentley & Steph Sykes lost to Findlaw & Sonya Strafford 20-22, 15-21; A Sykes & S Sykes lost to Swaine & Strafford 17-21, 14-21.
Mixed – Crowther & A Sykes beat Denton & Findlaw 21-14, 21-14; Prady & Bentley lost to Hampshire & Strafford 17-21, 23-21, 15-21; Cockram & S Sykes lost to Booth & Swaine 18-21, 21-15, 20-22.
Kirkburton C 2 Brighouse A 7
Men – (Kirkburton names first): Andrew Denby White & Kevin Ruttle lost to Glynn Roberts & Steve Scott 21-11 19-21 8-21; Denby White & Jim Hemmings lost to Roberts & Michael Calvert 19-21, 9-21; Ruttle & Hemmings lost to Steve Scott and Michael Calvert 18-21, 21-23.
Ladies – Charlotte Lyons & Sarah Clarke beat Gemma Hayman & Cath Downes 17-21, 21-17, 22-20; Lyons & Mel Neve lost to Hayman & Liz Park 21-18, 18-21, 13-21; Clarke & Neve lost to Downes & Park 21-19, 17-21, 14-21.
Mixed – Denby White & Clarke beat Hayman & Roberts 21-16, 22-20; Ruttle & Lyons lost to Downes & Scott 10-21, 11-21; Hemmings & Neve lost to Park & Calvert 18-21, 14-21.