Macc lad Matt out to make his­tory

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Con­tin­ued from back “I’m just try­ing to do my best for the team.

“I’ve played a lot of top pairs as well so that can only help my game. It does put a lit­tle bit more pres­sure on you when you go to the big­ger tour­na­ments but you get used to that play­ing in the NBL.

“Our dou­bles would be stronger, even though our sin­gles player has been one of the play­ers of the sea­son for us. In most of our matches, the dou­bles play­ers have re­ally per­formed.

“I know we’ve def­i­nitely had the big­gest crowd over the sea­son at ev­ery sin­gle home match so hope­fully if there’s a large num­ber down at the fi­nal again, that will give us a bit of an ad­van­tage.”

How­ever, whether Sur­rey Smash­ers win or lose, Not­ting­ham is adamant that the com­pe­ti­tion has helped him im­mensely.

“I def­i­nitely feel like I’m mov­ing for­ward with my bad­minton, def­i­nitely over the last six months,” he added. “My speed around the court has got a lot bet­ter and that is down to the Na­tional Bad­minton League.

“It’s Olympic qual­i­fy­ing this sea­son, so it’ll al­ways be that lit­tle bit tougher with the peo­ple you come up against. I’m just look­ing to win as many games as I can, in­clud­ing Fi­nals Day.”

The UK’s first ever Na­tional Bad­minton League (NBL) sea­son comes to a thrilling fi­nale on Sun­day, 7 June, at K2 Craw­ley. Tick­ets are now avail­able at na­tional bad­minton­league. co.uk

●● Matt Not­ting­ham

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