Derby thrills kickstart the new season
THE ORBL badminton season has started and what an opener with the 1st Division local derby between Kashmir A and Oldham B, played at Kashmir’s home venue of Radcliffe School, Chadderton.
The play was fierce from the start with every player playing to their max. Technique may have been lacking in some cases but this was more than made up for in effort. It was really a good match to watch and played in the right spirit, which bodes well for the rest of the season.
Both captains played well – Kashmir’s Annees Rehman and Oldham B’s Munanar Hussan – with a strong showing from Oldham B’s third pairing of Anisur Rahman & Yusuf Kamali against Kashmir A 1st pairing of Kamran Ramzan & Nabeel Rehman.
The final score of Kashmir A 10 games against Oldham B’s 8 games could have gone either way but probably the best team on the night won.
New club Kingsway Phoenix played their first match at Kingsway Park High School, Rochdale and it proved a hard opener for them in the 2nd Division. Kingsway Phoenix A played Kashmir C.
Although both sides played well, Kashmir C were by far the better team and the end score of Kingsway Phoenix 2 Kahmir C 16 reflects the difference in standard. Although most of the matches were well fought the lack of practice in their pairs showed in Kingsway Phoenix’s play.
This being so, the two games won by Kingsway Phoenix one with Carl Davies & Tony Schofield beating Abdul Rehman & Rashid Hussain 21-16 and Bijoy John & Nathen Campbell beating Rashid Husain & Mohammed Alyas 21-16 were both good games but by far the best players on the night were Kashmir A’s pairing of M Mudasar Yasin & Sajid Mahmood who won all their eight games.
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Bijoy John & Paul Clegg, Kingsway Phoenix A team players