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Round-Up: Senior County Championships – March Premiership review


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The weekend saw the latest exciting instalment of the Senior County Championships Premiership’s 2021-22 season with another brilliant two days of badminton action.

Surrey’s shuttlers were once again in rampant form on Saturday but suffered a rare bump in the road on Sunday.

The league leaders started their weekend with an excellent 7-4 win over Home Counties rivals Middlesex.

Toby Penty and Georgina Bland both picked up singles wins in straight games, with Hayley Adcock and Smrithi Shirol scoring a decisive victory in a women’s doubles rubber.

Later on they whitewashed Leinster 11-0 to pick up a sixth win of their season so far.

But Avon dealt them a blow on Sunday, edging an exciting tie 6-5. All square going into the final mixed doubles rubber, Barney Chau Yue Chern and Devon Minnis triumphed over William Jones and Emily Wu, 21-11, 21-16 to take the points back to the West Country.

And they completed an excellent Sunday when beating Leicestershire 9-2 in the final tie of the round.

Middlesex now have an identical record with Surrey at the top after they recovered to comprehensively beat Hertfordshire 10-1 on Sunday, Ben Hunt winning both of his rubbers along the way.

Cheshire eased their relegation fears with an 8-3 win over Sussex on Saturday, after narrowly losing to Buckinghamshire earlier in the day.

They then beat Leinster 8-3 on Sunday morning, winning four doubles rubbers on the bounce with Rachel Vickers chalking up two wins.

Hertfordshire had a successful Saturday, beating both Leinster and Leicestershire and climbing to fifth in the standings, leapfrogging Buckinghamshire with their fifth win of the season.

Although Sussex are still in the bottom the two, they did manage to pick up their maiden win of the season towards the end of the weekend.

They secured an excellent 8-3 win over Leinster, with Jonty Russ starring as he maintained a spotless record across his three rubbers.

The Premiership of the Senior County Championship returns next month over the weekend of April 23 and 24.

The latest standings, results and player statistics can be seen here.

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